There are certain offseason traditions in the NFL. The NFL Scouting Combine, the NFL draft, at least one player being drastically overpaid in free agency and, oh yeah, Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets failing to see eye to eye on his market value.
This time around, Revis is entering the last year of his contract and will certainly want to be paid big bucks to sign an extension. Meanwhile, the rebuilding Jets would love if he would take a hometown discount, especially coming off an ACL tear.
One very likely possibility remains that the Jets will trade Revis. According to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, the team was exploring that option at the combine this past week:
Despite the damage control talk from [general manager John] Idzik and Rex Ryan in Indy about how much they value Revis, the source told the Daily News on Tuesday that Idzik was "actively" shopping Revis at the combine, and interested teams are now doing their homework on what it would take to get Revis signed to a new contract if they can satisfy the Jets with compensation.
The Daily News reported exclusively Tuesday that Idzik, Ryan and team owner Woody Johnson didn't meet with Revis' camp during the Combine.
At every turn, this is a complicated situation. Revis is going to want to be paid the highest salary for any cornerback in football—justifiably so, given his consistent production—but teams will want to see how he recovers from surgery.
If the Jets deal him, it's likely to yield a huge return. Myers thinks a healthy Revis is worth two first-round picks, but it's unlikely that type of deal would happen until the summer.
The Jets should...
In my opinion, the Jets need to find a way to keep him. Players like Revis don't grow on trees, and the Jets have a ton of other needs to fill. Do they really want to add "replace the league's best corner" to that list?
With that being said, Revis—who in the past wanted to renegotiate his contract every other Tuesday, it seemed—needs to be realistic with the Jets as well. If he truly wants to stay in New York, he may have to leave some money on the table.
Don't expect this to be resolved any time soon. For the team that loves making headlines for all the wrong reasons, this feels like a situation that will drag on for months.