Revis' payday a cat and mouse game

Before the start of last season the notion of the New York Jets trading cornerback Darrelle Revis was complete nonsense. Now, on the heels of a 6-10 campaign and with an offense devoid of talent at the skill positions, Gang Green is weighing the pros and cons of trading its most valuable player.

The thought of Darrelle Revis on the trading block has many Jets fans nauseous.

How could the Jets possibly trade their best player away?

It's not as simple a situation as certain analysts are making it out to be. The Jets are in salary cap hell and coupled with many other factors, it might be in their best interest to get all they can now for a player that may walk away during free agency anyway.

Revis' camp is floating big numbers of what the player is looking for. Again, he wants to be paid the HIGHEST salary for a defensive player, despite coming off a major injury.

If the Jets try to redo his contract and he holds out and/or plays the remainder of his existing contract, he'll become a free agent and could end up walking to a division foe, more likely the Patriots or Dolphins. The Jets don't want to face him twice a year.

Even if the Jets end up renegotiating a new deal for Darrelle, he's going to want close to that top dollar and the Jets will be handcuffed on making deals for much needed offensive personnel and other defensive players.

If the Jets make a trade now this year, they'll still be responsible for his cap number but will be off the books for the future. If the Jets are truly in rebuilding mode, moving No. 24 opens the door to bring in other talent.

How do the Jets know they are going to get the Darrelle Revis before the major knee injury? If he plays next season and isn't up to his former self, his value drops even more and the Jets get nothing for him. It may be worth it for them to part with him now.

If Revis gets traded, Jets nation will go ballistic, but if they can bring in a player(s) with immediate impact, it can help alleviate the sting a little.

I've asked many fans via twitter their thoughts on if Revis is a "Me" player or a "We" player. The results have been mixed. I've been asked what I would do if I were the general manager. I would trade Darrelle. Is he the best player the Jets ever had? He's one of them, but if I'm looking at the future of this franchise, it's the smartest thing to do. If I'm making this decision purely as a fan, I'm saying keep him! Do anything you can to keep a Jet for life. If you are going to pay big bucks for a guy with a bad attitude (ala Holmes) and a quarterback who was one of the worst in the league last year (ala Sanchez), then spending big bucks for Revis is a no-brainer.

Again, I'm thinking about the future of the team, so I'm in the camp with letting us see what we can get for him.

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