Our good friend and CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora stirred things up quite a bit when he reported on Inside the NFL the Jets are open to the idea of trading all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis. Unsurprisingly, La Canfora's first appearance replacing new Cleveland Browns executive Mike Lombardi on the show was excellent, as expected.
Also unsurprisingly: Rex Ryan reportedly doesn't want to trade Revis. And it sure doesn't sound like Revis wants to get traded either. The cornerback noted Thursday on Twitter he was "speechless" at the notion of getting traded.
I'm speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 24, 2013
Revis had previously tweeted "SPEECHLESS!" but then deleted that tweet and fired out a more thoughtful response. It's a smart move because it brings the fans into play. And no Jets fan wants the team to trade Revis. Ryan definitely doesn't but also didn't completely rule it out when speaking to the media Thursday.
"I'm not going to get into any of those specifics right now. Let's let the process run its course," Ryan said. "I'm confident that any decision made by this organization without question will be in the best interest of the team."
But the problem is, Revis can't be franchise tagged, the Jets are strapped for cash with respect to the salary cap and Revis, even coming off an ACL tear, is gonna want to be paid like a quarterback when his contract voids after 2013.
The Jets can deny the report as much as they like and could ultimately end up keeping Revis, especially if there's no one out there willing to trade for him.
Jets owner Woody Johnson sort of denied the rumors, saying: "I don't know where that came from. But in the 10 years I've been talking to you guys, I've never made comments about contracts and stuff."
The issue with acquiring Revis via trade is that a team would have to pay twice for him; once by giving up draft picks to the Jets and twice by handing him a monster contract.
It's going to be a closely-watched situation into the offseason and probably through part of next season, especially if the Jets start slow.
Long live the circus. But, really, the only thing to do at this point is to kick back and follow some of Revis' advice:
I guess we'll see how this plays out.— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 24, 2013
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