The Revis news is getting a little stale, we know … but it keeps rolling. Over on ESPN NY, Rich Cimini writes that it’s not a question of if.
I wrote this a few weeks ago, and I’ll write it again: There’s no chance that Johnson will sign Revis to a new deal. None. They will trade their best player, and it’s only a matter of when.
Based on how everything has played out this offseason, it’s not surprising, although a bit depressing. Still, whether one likes the direction the Jets ownership seems set on, the next question on many a pragmatic fans’ lips is … what will we get?
With the recent Percy Harvin trade, can the gaudy compensation given by the Seahawks be used as a measuring stick? Manish Mehta writes in the Daily News that the recent Percy Harvin trade might not have as much bearing on what the Jets can get than one might think.
But what is adequate compensation for an elite player coming off injury?
The Seahawks were willing to trade the Vikings their first-round pick in this year’s draft (25th overall) [as well as their seventh and a mid-rounder in 2014 -BB] for wide receiver Percy Harvin on Monday, but the circumstances were much different. The Vikings took a risk by trading a dynamic player within the conference to another playoff team.
The Revis compensation for the Jets, who are entering a rebuilding phase, will be different. The Jets may not be able to get a first-round pick now… or ever.
It’ll be up to Johnson and Idzik to determine whether the offer(s) on the table are good enough to trade away the face of their franchise now.
I have to admit that I am stunned that the Seahawks gave up as much as they did to get Harvin, I think they overpaid, but maybe the pendulum is swinging back in terms of valuations of veterans in comparison to draft picks. Gone are the days of being able to pick up solid players for next to nothing like the Jets did in the 2007-2010 stretch with players like Thomas Jones, Kris Jenkins, Lito Sheppard, Braylon Edwards, Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes.
So if the Harvin trade is the new normal, then Revis’ valuations around the league might be higher than fans expect. Even with the palpable notion that the Jets want to get rid of Revis, even with the ACL tear. Still, Mehta hints that the Jets might not like what they get in return and if that’s the case then we know fans won’t like it. Also, the media at large will rip the Jets for trading sucha great player like Revis at below market value … is there a chance that the Jets make this deal and impress the echo chamber of the national media? Probably not.
The end-game is going to be simple: either make a trade that is as stunning as the one that the Vikings just made with the Seahawks for Harvin, or face the derision of fans and media alike.
Pragmatically, I’d like to see the Jets get two picks within the first three rounds of the next two drafts, with the preference being that one of the picks come in the first round or damn close to it. Should the Jets be unable to get a deal done? Then the Jets get the consolation prize, of the league’s best cornerback, unable to sit out in a contract year at a bargain price for the season. Taking that and coupling it with Antonio Cromartie, makes for a pretty stout cornerback grouping in 2013.