Arguably the best defensive player in the NFL could be on a different team in 24 hours.
The latest trade rumors have the New York Jets moving Darrelle Revis in the near future. According to the New York Daily News, the club is prepared to deal their star cornerback, who has been the subject of a contract dispute.
Manish Mehta reports that owner Woody Johnson won’t give Revis the contract extension he’s looking for, and New York could trade the three-time All-Pro by Wednesday.
“I think (the Jets are) going to move Revis,” a source told the Daily News on Tuesday. “Bet it. If he isn’t traded by tomorrow, (general manager John) Idzik is an idiot. One buyer might dry out. He has to move him. The risk of keeping him kills the franchise for five years and Idzik is gone.”
Free agency officially began on Tuesday, allowing teams to sign and trade for players that weren’t on their rosters in 2012. It would benefit New York to move Revis as soon as possible, before clubs with a need at cornerback fill it with a free agent, trade or in the draft.
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On Monday ProFootballTalk.com reported that the Jets had one good trade offer that might convince them to pull the trigger on a deal. It’s unknown exactly what the potential trade would entail, but the Jets will likely receive multiple draft picks.
Despite his recent production, Mehta reports that the Jets might not be able to receive a first-round selection for Revis. New York, probably, won’t be a contender in 2013, and might not be able to get back equal value, since they seem determined to make a move.
The Jets would prefer to trade Revis to an NFC team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been suggested as a possible landing spot for the cornerback, since they are approximately $30 million under the salary cap. Tampa Bay finished the 2012 season at two games under .500, and adding an elite defender could put them over the hump and into the playoffs.
The San Francisco 49ers have also been rumored to have interest in Revis. The 49ers fell just short in their Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens, with their holes at cornerback being a main reason for their defeat.
San Francisco has already traded for wide receiver Anquan Boldin, proving that they will make moves to maintain their status as the best team in the NFC. Their division rival Seattle Seahawks are looking to challenge them, reportedly acquiring Pervy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings on the first day of free agency. The move might be enough incentive for the 49ers to trade a few of their 14 draft picks for Revis.
When initial reports came out that the Jets would explore dealing Revis, the cornerback expressed his frustrations about possibly being dealt. However, his contract demands seem to be too much for New York to keep him.
“Woody Johnson is never paying him,” a source told the Daily News.
Revis is entering the last season of a four-year, $46 million contract. He could make upwards of $15 million per season as a free agent.