So I guess it’s time to change my blog’s banner picture, eh?
Where to begin? First off, welcome back! It’s been awhile. Has anything happened with the Jets while I’ve been on hiatus? Let’s quickly get up to date…Since the last time I wrote, the Jets have:
-Fired their GM and hired a new one
-Cut nearly half of their starters from last year
-Signed a number of “value” free agents
-NOT cut Tebow or Sanchez
But today’s trade was clearly the big bombshell. It had been predicted and speculated on for weeks, but it doesn’t make it any less painful. Any time you trade a player of Revis’ calibre, it hurts. Players like him don’t come around very often – just look at the Jets’ recent draft picks to prove that.
But unfortunately, it was a deal that had to be done. When the Jets signed Revis to the now infamous “band-aid” contract 4 years ago, they set themselves up for today. Lacking the ability to franchise Revis, and promising to come back to the bargaining table in year 2 or 3 of the contract (which they never did), the Jets left themselves with very little recourse. You can blame that on Tannenbaum and Woody. Couple that with the horrendous contracts that were doled out to Sanchez, Holmes, etc. and a roster that is severely lacking in talent, and you are left with very few options. And on top of all of that, Revis didn’t make life any easier by making it clear that he needed to be the highest paid defensive player in the league.
So all things considered, I think today’s trade is just fine. Idzik was not exactly dealing from a position of strength here considering that a) Revis is coming off the worst injury for a CB (torn ACL), b) the Jets made it clear that they had no interest in resigning him and c) they are in full rebuilding mode. The Jets got their extra 1st round pick, and next year’s pick will become a 3rd pick as long as Revis is on the roster in March – which is almost a lock, unless he blows out his knee again. There was speculation that the Jets were also to receive a 5th round pick, but really, are we that upset that we didn’t receive an extra 5th round pick? Name me 3 impact players that were drafted in the 5th round recently…
So the compensation was fine. And all signs point to Idzik trading down for further picks, which is smart. The Jets need as many picks as they can get. But the bottom line is this – it’s a sad day for the New York Jets fans, and more importantly, Jets fans. No longer do we get the pleasure every Sunday of watching one of the best players ever to play the position. And despite the nasty contract disputes, he was a guy you loved rooting for and a great locker room presence for a team badly in need of leadership. No amount of draft picks can ever make up for that. It’s a crappy situation, any way you slice it.
History won’t be able to judge this trade for at least a year or two – not until we see how Revis’ knee holds up , and not until we see what the Jets do with these extra picks.
So for now we will close this ugly and sad chapter in Jets history (one of many). That is, until Week 1 of the NFL season, when the Jets open up at home against….yes…the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
(And if you have any suggestions for a new blog banner pic…send them my way!)