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Revis realizes trade talk traces to money

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis looks for the ball during Jets training camp practice in Cortland, New York Reuters

On Thursday, Jets G.M. John Idzik reached out to cornerback Darrelle Revis in the wake of reports that owner Woody Johnson wants to trade Revis.  Idzik told Pro Football Talk that Revis reacted well to the explanation that Idzik needs time to get acclimated to the roster.

Still, anything other than an unequivocal statement that Revis remains firmly in the team’s short-term and long-term plans should raise eyebrows.  Change the team and the player to the Patriots and Tom Brady or the Vikings and Adrian Peterson or the Saints and Drew Brees and a lukewarm it’s-too-early-to-know assessment becomes jarring.

It’s less jarring here because of the realities of the Revis contract.  Revis will be a free agent after the season (unless he holds out and prevents the last three years of his deal from voiding), and a source familiar with his thinking tells PFT that the player understands what’s happening.

Revis realizes that owner Woody Johnson doesn’t want to pay Revis market value.

So if the philosophical decision has been made to not pay Revis close to what he could get when he becomes a free agent, the question becomes whether the Jets should part ways with him sooner and get more value than whatever compensatory draft pick the Jets would receive in 2015.  The fact that the Jets have gotten the word out that they’re thinking about trading Revis means that the phone will ring and the Jets will find out what they could get in return for not having Revis during a season in which expectations will be low.

Regardless of how it gets worked out, it needs to get worked out sooner rather than later.  The situation already has become a major distraction, and it will continue to be a major distraction until a resolution is reached.

The thing that will keep it from being resolved quickly is the status of Darrelle’s knee.  Any contract or trade package negotiated now and finalized at the start of the league year in March would involve a leap of faith being taken that Revis will be ready to go and as good as new come September.  Absent conditional picks and conditional contract terms, it will be hard to work out a deal that works for each of the three legs of the stool:  the Jets, Revis, and the team to which he’d be traded.

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55 Responses to “Revis realizes trade talk traces to money”
  1. kjm18 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    It has become a distraction to what? They’re not playing games. They don’t have to stand in front of the media very often in January, February and March. They have plenty of time to figure it out without it being a distraction.

  2. indywilson40 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:09 AM

    Bob Sanders 2.0

  3. eatitfanboy says: Jan 26, 2013 11:12 AM

    A rebuilding team with a bad cap situation and a very expensive, injury prone player in the last year of a contract?

    It should only raise eyebrows if the DON’T consider moving him.

  4. tooz72 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:14 AM

    he’ll never be the same with that knee..get what you can for him now

  5. santolonius says: Jan 26, 2013 11:17 AM

    offer to trade revis for alex smith and a draft pick. that might do a lot for the jets, even though they would give up a lot too.

  6. jetfan28 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:20 AM

    I keep hearing that the Jets don’t want to pay him “Market value”. What exactly is that?
    The top cbs make 11 mil a year. He wants 16-17 mil a year over a 5-6 years.
    Since when it the market value 5-6 mil more than the next player?

    The media aren’t being fair by painting the owner as cheap. Revis been in the league for 5 years. In those five years he held out twice and threatened to hold out another time. How many times can you go through this with one guy?

  7. mizzousooner says: Jan 26, 2013 11:22 AM

    Odds are good he’ll come back and be able to play at a high level.

    But, with other obvious needs, can the Jets afford the guy?

  8. mizzousooner says: Jan 26, 2013 11:24 AM

    “The media aren’t being fair by painting the owner as cheap. Revis been in the league for 5 years. In those five years he held out twice and threatened to hold out another time. How many times can you go through this with one guy?”

    A fair point, Revis hasn’t exactly been a team player.

  9. heeeeelzfan says: Jan 26, 2013 11:26 AM

    He is one injury away from a $100 million dollar loss.

  10. kgun80 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    And turmoil continues..

  11. jackpardeepants says: Jan 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    Revis to the Saints?

  12. dennisatunity says: Jan 26, 2013 11:30 AM

    I saw an analysis of him moving to the Seahawks. That would be fascinating with him playing in the nickel.

  13. thesmartest1 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:31 AM

    Just about EVERYTHING traces to money Mr. Revis.

  14. skoobyfl says: Jan 26, 2013 11:33 AM

    He seems like a gem. He’s coming off a major injury, he wants mansion money without even knowing if he can play anywhere near his old level.

  15. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 26, 2013 11:39 AM

    Having a great corner on a crappy team does no good. I saw it with Asomuagh in Oakland.
    It’s not a position that wins games.
    Cut him loose and get what you can now.

  16. duncanthecat says: Jan 26, 2013 11:39 AM

    For teams close to elite the treasure is buried 0n Revis Island.

  17. mizzousooner says: Jan 26, 2013 11:42 AM

    If I had to guess, I’d say horseface in Denver will make a run at Revis.

    I mean it’s obvious they are in need of a corner, plus the Donks are allowed to game the cap.

  18. jr4real says: Jan 26, 2013 11:57 AM

    Market Value?

    Revis is the best corner now. But i would rather have a QB at his rate than a corner.

  19. sportsfan69 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:00 PM

    Who’s the next Yankee sucker to an “A-Rod” type of contract? A-Rod must be laughing in the background for Revis sake.

  20. sportsfan69 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:06 PM

    Revis can be the next Champ Bailey corner that gets paid for his past playing history. For god sake, you can’t expect Revis to play to his contract’s worth. The Player bigger than the team. One player decides the game, especially just a cornerback. NOT! Sarcasm.

  21. erle1139 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:08 PM

    Haven we already heard this story multiple times?

    The Jets may try to trade Revis because he’s a free agent next year and they may not want to pay another huge contract for him. But coming back from knee surgery may hamper a potential trade….

    How many times can you write the same story and still try to pass it off as original?

  22. smithopher says: Jan 26, 2013 12:08 PM

    The problem with revis isn’t that he wants to be paid as a top cb, he wants to be paid as a top defensive player, period. He wants money like Mario got last year. I bet he prices himself out of prospective employers are willing to pay him for now while the jers try to trade him, leaving him stuck with the jets. He will be willing to gamble that he will come back as good as ever because he’s got quite the ego, as most nfl players do. So he will hit the open market and who knows what people will be willing to pay him. I bet someone coughs up more than the jets though, a team with a real pass rusher like the broncos cowboys 49ers or texans might say to hell with it, give him 16m a year and be able to tee off on quarterbacks. The problem with that is that most of those teams already carry large contracts, so who knows.

  23. sportsfan69 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:10 PM

    Belechek will trade with the Jets for a 4th round pick. Plus, the Jets will kick in a 5th round back to the Patriots. LMAO!

  24. erle1139 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:11 PM

    Must be a slow day. 4 stories today…two insignificant stories about the Jets. You’d think they were in the Super Bowl.

  25. sportsfan69 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:14 PM

    Plus, whoever gets Revis will get a free pass from any Defensive pass inference or holding calls against them. Revis will get to keep up with his overblown hype as a corner.

  26. nflsucker says: Jan 26, 2013 12:23 PM

    What does Revis Island become when he’s slowed by that knee–Revis Atoll or Revis Reef?

  27. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    It’s a business Revis and don’t take it personally but the Jets need a lot of help that they may not bbe able to obtain if they give you the big pay day.

  28. jpb12 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:06 PM

    It’s not easy being green. #Jets

  29. hehateme2 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:14 PM

    sportsfan69 says:Jan 26, 2013 12:14 PM

    Plus, whoever gets Revis will get a free pass from any Defensive pass inference or holding calls against them

    So true- MEvis holds like crazy!

  30. generalherald says: Jan 26, 2013 1:20 PM

    If I was a GM, I’d try and build a team where everyone gets paid the same. Idea being that everyone is committed to the same end and is putting in equal effort. If it seems like effort is lacking, player is cut. I’d probably end up with mostly overpaid UDFAs, but I’d love to put a team putting forth the most collective effort into play for the season.

  31. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:47 PM

    Dont bring him to sf. They dont need the headaches, and he doesnt play special teams!

  32. gizzmonic says: Jan 26, 2013 1:51 PM

    How many steps backward can a team take? If each distraction is responsible for a loss or two the Jets are headed for 0 and 20 in a 16 game schedual

  33. green41563 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:59 PM

    tooz72 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:14 AM

    he’ll never be the same with that knee..
    _____________________________________

    I couldn’t agree more. ACL tears have wrecked the careers of Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, and Wes Welker.

    Had their teams only traded them when they had the chance, they wouldn’t be stuck with those bums now.

  34. helix828 says: Jan 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    jackpardeepants says: Jan 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    Revis to the Saints?

    ———————————
    Brees to the Jets?

  35. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 26, 2013 2:09 PM

    Alex Smith in NY…please. He’d crumble like blue cheese.

  36. loveorhatethejets says: Jan 26, 2013 2:16 PM

    green41563 says:Jan 26, 2013 1:59 PM

    tooz72 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:14 AM

    he’ll never be the same with that knee..
    _____________________________________

    I couldn’t agree more. ACL tears have wrecked the careers of Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, and Wes Welker.

    Had their teams only traded them when they had the chance, they wouldn’t be stuck with those bums now.
    __________________________________
    lol of course people can talk alot then when they do good everyone has nothing to say, you know most people who post hereare doctors and nfl players so they know, its too funny when they get proven wrong just keeps hating on the best cb there is!

  37. loveorhatethejets says: Jan 26, 2013 2:20 PM

    and for those who say he holds are just mad week in and out your top wr gets held down too 20 yards and no td’s and go ahead talk about randy and stevie, answer this question before you talk, how good is your cb’s and how good does your top wr do against revis? not so good right!

  38. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Jan 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    They’ve been trying to trade him for a while. The Colts were trying to trade for him during the season but the Jets wanted too much so the Colts got Vontae Davis instead.

  39. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 2:26 PM

    Cool, theres a doctor in here, and former and current players too! Right on. Im honored, love all you guys man, seriously!

  40. firedup1 says: Jan 26, 2013 2:26 PM

    Players don’t realise that when they ask for these rediculous contract that eventually it causes the team to get rid of them. If they would just be fair, there would be more money to have a better team.

  41. surfinbird1 says: Jan 26, 2013 2:29 PM

    This guy is gonna want Mario Williams money or better. A lot of people have told him, and he now believes he is the best defensive player in the nfl.

  42. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 2:32 PM

    A.S. knows he has it better in san fran, yeah he isnt starting, but id take a ring over that anyday, just to be a champion!
    part of it is all you can ask for!!

  43. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 26, 2013 2:39 PM

    (insert any words or phrases here on any subject) traces to money.

  44. whiteknightblackheart says: Jan 26, 2013 2:44 PM

    Revis wants 100 million over 6 years. For a cornerback. There is no way that a successful organization can pay so much into one position, unless that position guaranteed touches the ball 30-50 times a game. He is out of his damn mind. C ya later, Revis, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. 16 million in salary a year is what you would pay a top 5 QB, not a top 5 cb. if he wanted 10, maybe….

  45. pinion8ted says: Jan 26, 2013 2:45 PM

    With Revis, it’s ALWAYS about money

  46. green41563 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:22 PM

    whiteknightblackheart says: Jan 26, 2013 2:44 PM
    Revis wants 100 million over 6 years. For a cornerback.
    __________________________________

    How do you know what he wants?

    The trajectory of sports-news stories is really hilarious. It all starts with one person citing one anonymous source who “guesses” what the story is. Then all these other news organizations simply repeat the report in their papers and web sites without doing any investigation of their own, and before long, the story is treated as if it came down on tablets.

  47. loveorhatethejets says: Jan 26, 2013 3:32 PM

    if mario willams can get 60 mil why cant revis? he completely elimates top wr from the game and changes qb’s game plans, what did mario willams do for the bills?
    not saying we should pay him or we shouldnt he should get a 60 mil contract or something that gives him above 10 mil a year.

  48. dlk47823 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:49 PM

    You guys act like this story is excusively about the Jets, when every team has to make tough decisions with the re-signing of stars. Why do you think Peyton was out at Indy? Pats probably forced to let Welker go at 11 mill a year. Jones Drew in Jax, Giants and Umenyiora, evry team has the same issues on an annual basis. Revis is probably going to want 75 million for 5 years, a very steep price for anyone. jets don’t have huge cap issues, can easily get under with the release or renegotiation with several aging veterans. Very strong, young D Line with 2 #1 picks. Good secondary, 3 good OL. Its not as dark as the Haters would lie it to be. You ever notice how 90 % of the fans on here would rather complain about the Jets then talk about their own teams problems? 30 teams are losers right now, so don’t worry about NY. Your team has its own issues.

  49. juangargoyle says: Jan 26, 2013 4:05 PM

    Close thread.

  50. mec693 says: Jan 26, 2013 4:16 PM

    how is this a distraction? this is what happens in the nfl offseason

  51. kenny328usa says: Jan 26, 2013 4:24 PM

    I don’t know who is gonna pay anything significant for a 27 year old corner coming off an ACL injury who just so happens to hold out every 2 years for a new contract. He is huge risk. I certainly wouldn’t want my team to give up a high pick for him.

  52. kenny328usa says: Jan 26, 2013 4:30 PM

    If they get a high 2nd I’d be surprised

  53. patriotinvasion says: Jan 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    Saw a report on ESPN today that “the Patriots are one of many teams interested in trading for Darrelle Revis.”

    1.) I’m sure they are just 1 of 31 teams that are “interested”

    2.) There is only 1 player the Jets would trade Revis to the Patriots for.

    3.) I wonder if the Jets would even listen if the Pats offered something crazy sans #12. Pipe dreaming I guess.

  54. jprcox says: Jan 26, 2013 7:55 PM

    patriotinvasion:

    LOL – LOL – nice one.

    Keep in mind, Jets are trying to get rid of him for the same reason Patriots could not sign him. NO CAP space.

    Granted, if you guys “let” Wes leave, and then decide you won’t bother signing this years 1st rounder – since you will trade for Revis – that might get you close.

    Brady already takes nearly 10m less than he could get in market to play for the Pats.

  55. cmonelisha says: Jan 27, 2013 10:26 AM

    this is why players like revis hold out and get money in there prime when they can bec one major injury and ur looked at differently and now hes tradable..when hes healthy hes shut down.. teams do this all the time

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