Darrelle Revis' Recent $1M Bonus Shows Jets Need to Make Swift Decision on CB

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 16, 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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Despite reportedly remaining on the trade market, star cornerback Darrelle Revis is still getting paid by the Jets—earning a $1 million roster bonus (per NFL.com).

Kareem Copeland reports that the All-Pro cornerback's $1 million roster bonus kicked in at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, and that with the Jets having not made a decision regarding his future yet, that money will remain with Revis in 2013—regardless of whether he signs with the franchise or not.

And whilst assessing your options when contemplating trading away your best player is the right thing to do, the Jets need to make an official decision regarding his future. They need to decide if they're going to trade him or not, and then they need to act swiftly upon that decision.

Waiting around for the perfect offer (if that's what they're doing) isn't going to help the situation. With Revis needing to get paid, there is an urgency to this "trade" that is seemingly being ignored by the New York franchise, and that isn't helping the situation.

As the New York Post stated, the Jets just aren't committed to Revis trade talks, and that lack of commitment could well come back to haunt them in 2013.

After all, it's already cost them at least $1 million.

New York and Tampa Bay are thought to be in dispute over which draft pick the NFC South franchise would send in exchange for Revis' services this season. That's according to Gary Myers at the New York Daily News, who reports that dispute is the only thing holding a trade back.

Both clubs should be able to resolve the reported dispute over the Jets wanting Tampa’s first-round pick next month, 13th overall, and the Bucs preferring to give up their 2014 first-round pick instead. The bottom line is Revis is the best cornerback in the NFL, maybe the best defensive player in the NFL, and the only leap of faith for the Bucs is that Revis will fully recover from his ACL injury.

Thus with the Buccaneers seemingly keen to wrap up this deal, the Jets would be wise not to delay selling Revis any longer than they already have.

They might not have the money needed to make the free agency move they wanted; they may end up forking out more money to Revis, just to see him leave the franchise. They may well even end up committing to an offer that isn't as good as what they might have had earlier.

Whatever the ramifications might be, the Jets are facing a serious time issue with Revis in these trade talks, and if they're not careful, it could hurt them in 2013. I mean, they've already shelled out $1 million against their salary cap just to extend the trade process—how much more are they going to cost themselves only to trade him away should they finally agree with Tampa Bay?

If the Bucs are holding out, then move on. If not, end the frustration and speculation by wrapping up this deal that semi-works for both parties involved.

There's a swiftness needed by the Jets that simply isn't happening, and it could well start to hurt them financially in 2013 because of it.


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