With the market for free-agent cornerbacks paying out $6 million per year, it’s time to pose an important question.
At what point will the shift impact the value of Darrelle Revis?
It’s widely assumed that Revis wants $15 million or thereabouts per year on a long-term deal. If cornerbacks not named Revis are getting dramatically less than that, at some point his value gets dragged down, too.
That’s why, if/when the Buccaneers pull the plug on a possible trade, the best move for Revis will be to play out the final year of his contract, show that he’s healthy, and hit the market next year, hopeful that he’ll be able to do better than the guys currently trying to get paid.
Of course, Revis could still be traded to a team willing to keep him for a season and collect the compensatory pick if/when he walks away in 2014. But that would result in a much lower haul for the Jets, along with a risk that he’ll resurface next season with the Patriots — or the Giants.