Eye sockets of New York Jets fans burned when they saw it—an edited picture of Darrelle Revis in a New England Patriots uniform.
For the Gang Green faithful, thankfully, the sacrilegious New York Daily News image was only a speculative hypothetical.
However, Revis wearing that jersey is not out of the realm of possibility.
The New York Daily News article that accompanied the photo astutely theorized that "If Revis is forced to play for his $6 million base salary this season in the final year of his four-year, $46 million contract, he just might be inclined to stick it to the Jets by signing with New England."
Later, an NFL source was quoted as saying, "It’s not that far-fetched. It would not shock me if he’s in a Patriots uniform next year," in regards to the chances Revis Island relocates to Foxborough in 2014.
No, his future intentions aren't known now, and they may never be made public.
What is known is that the elite cornerback is underpaid.
Revis' current deal—one he signed after holding out prior to the 2010 season that will pay that $6 million in base salary this year—makes him a legitimate bargain.
For a player of his caliber, Revis rightfully wants more money.
Also, "actively" seeking trade partners at the scouting combine, as the New York Daily News reported, certainly could put more strain on an already shaky relationship and doesn't exactly show Revis he's wanted by the Jets organization for much longer.
If things do go sour, the most sinister way to get back to the Jets would be to sign with the rival Pats, and there's a distinct possibility it would happen if New York fails to meet his financial demands or doesn't trade him beforehand.
Be careful, Jets.
That blasphemous, make-believe photo may very well become a harsh reality.