Darrelle Revis Trade Rumors: Rex Ryan Wisely Wants to Keep Jets Star CB

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2013

CORTLAND, NY - JULY 27:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets works out at Jets Training Camp at SUNY Cortland on July 27, 2012 in Cortland, New York.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets shocked the football world when it was leaked that the organization is allegedly exploring trade options for superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, team owner Woody Johnson is the brain behind this potential deal:

Johnson has strong reservations about the ability to extend Revis's deal, the sources said. Johnson has expressed his desire to attempt to land value for Revis now, rather than risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent a year from now…

However, Johnson apparently doesn’t have the support of head coach Rex Ryan.

ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio has insider sources indicating that the coach covets the shutdown cornerback and feels his presence will be needed for the team to find success next year.

After back-to-back seasons without a playoff appearance, it’s clear that Ryan is on the hot seat and needs to pull off a superb 2013 campaign to save his job. Without Revis, this becomes a much more daunting task.

What Ryan isn’t concerned about (perhaps through no fault of his own) is the potential contract negotiations looming on the horizon for the 2014 offseason.

La Canfora found that Johnson’s main motivation behind moving the player nicknamed “Revis Island” is to avoid another lengthy holdout (the first lasting the entire 2010 training camp) and get future value via draft picks for his services.

The owner feels that striking a long-term deal with Revis is simply too tall an order and he would rather acquire picks for a team that looks to be in the midst of a rebuilding period.

There’s also concern about Revis’ status after missing the majority of the 2012 season with a torn ACL. It’s unknown if his skills have slipped in any way, but it’s a gamble the Jets brass may not want to take.

Ryan is certainly willing to roll the dice with Revis. He has had the good fortune of coaching him and knows the value he brings to the football team. At his best, the 27-year-old is capable of essentially taking the opposition’s top receiver out of the game. Revis has shut out several elite NFL receivers.

We expect he will be in new GM John Idzik’s ear to try to get a deal hammered out for the Jets' best player. After all, his job is on the line and Gang Green needs all the help it can get to win in 2013.