New York Jets superstar CB Darrelle Revis has been the recent subject of trade speculation with the team's dire salary cap situation and need to rebuild under new GM John Idzik.
I'm speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 24, 2013
I guess we'll see how this plays out.— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 24, 2013
The initial report of Revis as a possible trading chip came from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora on Wednesday, who cites league sources and implies that owner Woody Johnson is the one pushing for the move.
Johnson reportedly thinks the Jets should get value for Revis in the event that he walks as a free agent in 2013, and is pessimistic that the team will be able to re-sign him to a long-term deal.
Idzik definitely has his work cut out for him. As ESPN New York's Rich Cimini notes, the Jets are already over the salary cap by $19.4 million. Revis is owed at least $6 million in 2013, but could seek as much as $16 million per year in his next contract.
Revis is coming off a torn ACL injury that limited him to just two games in 2012. He is widely considered the best cornerback in the league, yet the Jets gave up just under 190 passing yards per game last season, good for second in the NFL.
Compensation for the 27-year-old Revis would likely consist of draft picks due to the Jets' cap situation. But considering the All-Pro's reaction on social media to the alleged trade talk, an extension is perhaps not as out of the question as Johnson believes.