There has been a lot of speculation about what the New York Jets will do with Darrelle Revis. There were rumors that the Jets were shopping him around at the NFL Scouting Combine, there are rumors that the San Francisco 49ers are interested in him. Revis said these rumors have left him speechless even.
Former New York Jet and outspoken ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson thinks the answer is clear.
“I think it’s a smart move if they do move him and get value,” Johnson told Newsday’s Bob Glauber. “He’s not going to win any games for you. He’s a defensive back who will shut down the [opponents'] top receiver, but the ball is not in his hands. The Jets need more than a top corner. They need some pieces. If he gives them the value to get those pieces, then move him.”
Certainly a deal with the 49ers would bring the Jets several draft picks, including that 1st pick in the 2nd round they acquired from a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s not that the Jets don’t want him,” said Johnson. “It’s the right thing to do to build the team. He’s the top corner. He’s the guy. But [the Jets] need a quarterback, running back, wide receivers, other defensive backs. [A trade] gives them that opportunity to fill some of those holes. If they keep Revis, what else do they have? Not much. They’re in a division against the Patriots, and other teams in the AFC are improving.”
They certainly have holes to fill, but Johnson says that the lack of stability on the team, particularly the offensive side of the ball is a problem as well.
“It’s a bad football team, and the quarterback doesn’t know if he’s coming or going,” Johnson said of Mark Sanchez. “One minute, he wants to be Hollywood. The next, he wants to be a quarterback. Can’t do both, son.”
But the future could look bright for the Jets if they go separate ways.
“Get something of value for him. Two No. 1s is hard to get for a non-quarterback. You’ve got to find a real sucker. But if you do, then take it. And the Jets can’t afford to dangle him out there, bark and don’t bite. If they do that [and don't trade Revis], then you’re going to have a player that’s [ticked] at you playing this season.”
But nevertheless, Johnson says Revis shouldn’t take it personally and a knock against him.
“Revis should kick back and say, ‘Move me. If you’re all so bold to trade me, then trade me. Send me to Green Bay or wherever,’ ” Johnson said. “He should realize it’s not a bad thing and that they don’t want you. He’s a wanted man with value. He’ll get his money no matter where he plays.”
Most of the teams considering Revis would give him an opportunity to be more successful than with the Jets.