Darrelle Revis found his name in the headlines Wednesday when New York Jets owner Woody Johnson acknowledged rumors that the team was looking at potential trades for the star cornerback.
The dust has settled enough to see some light since that claim, but Johnson still doesn't appear optimistic that the team will be able to keep Revis around—even if the Jets are unable to find a trade suitor prior to his free agency in 2014.
According to a report by ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, an inside Jets source claims that this trade is all but completed in Johnson's mind, and the Jets haven't even been able to take the plastic off their brand-new staff addition (general manager John Idzik) yet.
Here's an excerpt from Cimini's piece:
Johnson isn't optimistic about the Jets' chances of re-signing Revis to a long-term contract before he becomes a free agent in 2014, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
I gathered from Woody that, in his mind, (Revis) is gone, the source said.
Revis fired back about trade rumors on Twitter Thursday, posting these two messages in succession in response to some of the news about his newfound availability throughout the league:
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 desire to trade Revis comes in part from a business standpoint and in part from a rebuilding one.
New York knows that Revis will be seeking upward of $16 million when his current deal reaches its out clause at the end of the 2013 season, and the Jets would get nothing in return after his departure.
There are also concerns about Revis' ability to come back from the ACL injury that forced him to miss most of the 2012 season. However, Adrian Peterson came back just fine this year, so there's little doubt teams would take a plunge on his services in the right circumstance.
Even with the injury, right now the Jets would get the most value for Revis in a potential trade, simply because there are multiple teams that are a good corner away from taking the next step toward a Super Bowl.
Ryan isn't exactly in a position of power, though, with the Jets coming off a 6-10 season in which his defense—the strong point of the team's most recent success—struggled for most of the year. Throw in the Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow drama, and Ryan should count himself lucky to get another opportunity in 2013.
Johnson and Idzik are going to start exploring trades for the once-great Jet, but it appears this is a foregone conclusion in the mind of the owner. Don't be surprised if Revis is on a new team leading up to or during the NFL draft, as the Jets have some serious holes to fill if they truly do decide to start making fundamental changes to save money and think long term.
We won't say goodbye until he's in a new city, but we may have seen the last of Revis in green and white.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.