Opinion: Trading Revis necessary evil for Jets

Darrelle Revis may not be getting traded after all. Credit: Getty Images
Darrelle Revis and the Bucs will face the Jets in Week 1.
Credit: Getty Images

The Jets didn’t want to do it, but Darrelle Revis had to be traded.

He is — or, rather, was — a once-in-a-generation Jet, the kind of player grandfathers will one day tell their grandchildren they saw play in person. But in the NFL today, players like Revis don’t retire with the teams that drafted them. The brutal reality of Sunday’s trade is that the Jets made the right decision in dealing Revis. They had no other choice.

The deal to send Revis to Tampa Bay wasn’t made with this year in mind, but with the future squarely in focus. After this season, Revis was likely to opt out of the contract extension he signed in 2010, a deal that came to be after a prolonged holdout caused him to miss all of training camp and the entirety of preseason. It was the second holdout of his career and every indication points to Revis wanting more money and more years after this point.

The six years and $96 million the Bucs gave him was money the Jets couldn’t commit to, given their salary-cap restrictions.

This is, after all, a team still doing its best to clean up from the past few years when big names were signed to even bigger contracts. The team was geared toward the few at the top of the salary pecking order, with names like D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, David Harris, Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie and Mark Sanchez taking up the vast bulk of the salary cap. Those salary hits tipped the scales to a top-heavy team that lacked depth and young talent, both traits especially noticeable last year during their struggles to achieve a 6-10 record. Signing Revis to a long-term deal would only complicate the rebuilding process more, something new general manager John Idzik clearly grasped as soon as he was hired to begin cleaning up.

The Jets and their fans in particular are currently paying the price for the “buy-now” mentality that marked their franchise in 2009 and again in 2010 when they made consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances. The Jets loaded up on players entering their prime, trading away draft picks and forging away the future. Now the core of that team is still in New York but the complements around them are gone, with the Jets unwilling or unable to sign that personnel because of their other contract commitments.

Getting something in exchange for Revis, a player likely gone after this season, is a painful first step in righting that failed mentality.

The idea of trading away Revis is a tough one, especially for Jets fans, who deserve the right to see the star player retire as a Jet and take his place in the Ring of Honor. It was the only way, however, to ensure their team wins again sooner rather than later.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.