Recently fired New York Jets general manager John Idzik no longer has the job in large part due to his failure to land a top-notch cornerback. Now his replacement might be set to address that issue in a major way.
Sources familiar with Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan's thinking, as well as that of head coach Todd Bowles', tell Metro that the team is “open and willing” to pursue cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis this offseason should both hit the open market. Revis, who captured a Super Bowl title with the Patriots Sunday, and Cromartie are former Jets who partnered together for several seasons under former head coach Rex Ryan to form on of the best secondary units in the league.
WithCromartie, who left the the Jets this past offseason to sign a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, and Revis perhaps both testing free agency, the source said that “the Jets are open to bringing back one, if not both players. It isn't a guarantee, but either 'Cro' or Revis would fit a need and fit the system Todd is using.” The source is familiar with the Jets' line of thinking and how their offseason plans could be shaping up.
This past season under Bowles, then the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals, Cromartie's 44 total tackles were his highest since 2008. Cromartie turns 31-years-old this April but according to the source, “would be a good fit and he'd love to play for Todd again.”
The bigger wild card is Revis, who has consistently followed the money during his NFL career. While the source said that the Jets would have “interest in Darrelle were he to hit free agency,” it isn't a foregone conclusion that he will end up back with the team that drafted him.
First off, he may not want to leave the Patriots. although the source said that “there seems to be an inclination that Revis might want to see his options outside of New England.” He signed a two-year deal with the Patriots this past offseason but the 2016 season calls for a $20 million option to return to New England.
The other factor has nothing to do with Revis but everything to do with the team that traded him in 2013 and then failed to land him in free agency last spring.
“Woody is the wild card here,” the source said, referring to Jets owner Woody Johnson. “Would he accept Darrelle back? Remember the way that Darrelle forced a trade two years ago. That might not be an appealing idea to an owner who is desperate to make his organization credible.”