Why New York Jets Must Explore Trading Darrelle Revis, and Other AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IJanuary 24, 2013

Change breeds change in the NFL, and in making a change at general manager the New York Jets have indicated they will not accept the status quo.

A trade of cornerback Darrelle Revis? That would be the opposite of status quo.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports Jets owner Woody Johnson is "very interested" in trading Revis.

Shocked? Don't be.

Yes, Revis has been one of the best cornerbacks in football since at least 2009. In that time, opponents have completed just 39.7 percent of 287 passes into his coverage, with just six touchdowns to show for it.

No, trading Revis wouldn't get the Jets comfortably within the salary cap—there are other moves they could make in that regard—because it would only eliminate around $6 million off the cap.

But there are plenty of reasons to at least explore the possibilities.

First of all, any new general manager would not be doing his job if he weren't to leave every option open for every player on the roster.

Considering the rigorous restraints on the Jets' salary cap, they may not be able to get a long-term deal done for Revis when his contract expires after the season. Additionally, Revis can't be franchise tagged after 2013, so if the Jets are going to get any value for him, this is the year to do it.

Of course, we hear trade rumors swirl like this every offseason, only a handful of which ever materialize into anything. But hey, who knows? Maybe they can package Mark Sanchez in the deal and get rid of a headache in the process.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.

 

Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post writes that the Dolphins must find a way to keep Jake Long around next season.

John Congemi of MiamiDolphins.com shares his thoughts on the Senior Bowl's crop of wide receivers.

 

Buffalo Bills

Bleacher Report Bills featured columnist Chris Trapasso gets a former Syracuse teammate's take on quarterback Ryan Nassib and head coach Doug Marrone.

Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News points out why the Bills should be looking at quarterbacks who can get the job done in late-game scenarios.

 

New York Jets

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York says Woody Johnson may not be completely infatuated with Rex Ryan as the head coach.

B/R Jets featured columnist Ryan Alfieri explains why Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert should be in consideration as the Jets' top pick in the draft.

 

New England Patriots

Mike Reiss and Field Yates of ESPN Boston report on the value of Armond Armstead's contract with the Patriots, which guarantees him $655,000 and is a three-year deal worth a base salary of $1,485,000.

B/R Patriots featured columnist James Ermilio lists the five moves the Patriots must make to return to the Super Bowl in 2014.

 

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.

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