Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson, and Dwight Lowery currently rank as three of the top four cornerbacks on the New York Jets' depth chart. The fourth? None other than Darrelle Revis.
In a showdown with the New York Giants, Eli Manning went 4-8 for 77 yards as the Giants steamrolled the Jets by the score of 31-16. The Jets' three top cornerbacks combined for a measly three tackles, with an assisted tackle going to Lowery as well.
Last season, all-pro cornerback Darrelle Revis grabbed an impressive six interceptions, 37 passes defensed, and logged 54 tackles despite the opposition's reluctance to throw in his direction. Revis Island quickly became an island that no quarterback wanted to vacation on.
In Monday night's contest, however, Antonio Cromartie appeared to struggle, getting beat on multiple occasions and giving Revis even more leverage in the ongoing contract negotiations.
Since last season's AFC Championship finale, head coach Rex Ryan has had his sights firmly on taking home a Super Bowl ring this season, but how possible is it now without their shutdown corner? According to Ryan, he stated that the sub-par corner play late in Monday's contest may be due to Revis' absence, because it stretched the depth at the position.
With Cromartie, Wilson, and Lowery now left to fill two starting corners and the nickel back position, depth becomes a high priority. Considering Lowery has been bothered by an ankle injury, one can only imagine that the agents of Revis are sitting back, waiting, and smiling, knowing it's a matter of time before they have Jets' management rushing back to the negotiation table.
While both sides are still trying to renegotiate Revis' contract, which notably still has three years remaining on it, they're far away from a decision.
It's no secret that Revis wants to be the highest-paid corner in the NFL, which means at least $16 million a year, higher than the Raiders' Nnamdi Asomugha. Current rumors are that New York's ballpark is only $10 million a year, and with no guaranteed money, apparently the clincher to a "no deal" for Revis.
While it's only one preseason game, the Jets look to be in dire need of their two-time Pro Bowler who anchored the No. 1 ranked defense in football last season. With so many injury-prone veterans starting on the Jets' first string, it's a bad sign when their depth players get torched by the combination of Jim Sorgi to Victor Cruz.
The Jets need Darrelle Revis back in a big way. Without him, the AFC is full of quarterbacks with absolute cannons for arms. What does all of that mean? It means for General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, like it or not, it's put up or shut up time.