New Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith addressed many questions during his introductory press conference, but the one most relevant to Jets faithful is what the coach’s plan is for his star cornerback.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWe aren’t writing about this because we are holding out any hope that Revis would ever come back to the Jets — that ship has sailed. Woody Johnson was not fond of Revis’ brinksmanship in contract negotiations; the Jets got their compensation for Revis and have moved forward. Conversely, should the cornerback get cut, slinking back to the Jets for substantially less than $16 million in New York wouldn’t be an option. If he’s going to take less than an optimal paycheck, he’s not going to have to swallow his pride too.
Why does this matter? If the Bucs keep Revis on the roster after the third day of the new league year then the Jets get a third-round pick instead of a fourth-rounder as the final part of compensation from last April’s trade between the Bucs and Jets. As the Jets look to rebuild their offense, there’s a number of talented skill players that could fall out of the second round and might be prime pickings for the Jets at Tampa’s third round pick.
Lovie Smith is known historically as a proponent of the Tampa-2, a scheme which doesn’t highlight Revis’ strengths and seems to be coming under fire around the league. Smith might lean on one system, but he’s no fool to the trends of the NFL and his personnel either.
No one expects Lovie Smith to come in and put a torch to the team on day one, so it is good to hear he would like to make the Revis situation work for the Jets and that draft pick. Even so, with $16 million in non-guaranteed salary and a draft pick at stake, with a new front office about to rebuild, we’ll believe the Jets get that third rounder once the trade milestone passes.