The bad news is that the Jets seem destined to lose the 2014 third-round pick they presumed they’d get from the Bucs for the 2013 trade of Darrelle Revis. The good news is they could get back Revis.
If they want Revis.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Revis would “love” to play for the Jets and coach Rex Ryan again.
While Ryan and some teammates and plenty of fans would “love” it, too, the guy who made the decision to trade Revis may not be interested. Owner Woody Johnson, weary of the constant threat of a holdout or other Revis-related drama, opted to trade him with a year left on a deal that Revis expected to have renegotiated last year. Johnson surely isn’t ready to re-embrace a player who seemed only to be happy when he wasn’t happy about his contract.
A cynic would suggest that Revis realizes the team (i.e., the owner) doesn’t really want him back. So by making it known that Revis would love to return, the knife will twist a little more if/when Revis ends up with the Patriots.
It’s believed that contending teams with franchise quarterbacks will pursue Revis the most aggressively, and that he’ll be inclined to take the best offer made by a team with which he thinks he can win.