Saturday, January 26, 2013

Darrelle Me-vis doesn't fit Idzik's "power of we" code


The New York Jets' new general manager John Idzik stressed his "power of we over me" approach to team-building Thursday when meeting with the media for the first time.

Meanwhile, rumors were circulating that the Jets were shopping their best player, cornerback Darrelle Revis. (photo: Marianne O'Leary)

Let's cut to the chase. Revis, who will be a free agent following the 2013 season, is reportedly seeking $15-16 million a year on his new contract, which is half a dozen million more than what Nnamdi Asomugha made last year as the NFL's highest-paid corner.

Keep in mind, this is a guy coming off ACL surgery after his knee buckled early in the 2012 season before his team went on to rank second in pass defense without him. A guy who held out a few seasons ago and toyed with the idea of another no-show last year.

Unless Revis is willing to reason, and history says he isn't, he won't be a Jet beyond 2013. The Jets have way too many holes to fill and could take care of four or five positions with quality players for the cost of Revis alone two years from now. Even if the Jets wanted to pay him, another team could very well (and probably would) outbid the Jets when he hits the open market.

The Jets know Revis is a goner within a year, and if they deal him now, at least they'll get something in return.

Revis recently played the victim on Twitter despite the fact that it's his self-imposed "market value" that is largely responsible for his inevitable divorce with Gang Green. It's funny, because he used to talk about understanding "the business side" of the game. I'm not so sure he does.

But the weirdest part about the whole thing may be the fact that one of the more thoughtful writers in all of the football media, Peter King, has it all wrong.

Revis is out to reclaim his tag as the best cornerback in the NFL. If he's not doing it in another uniform in 2013, he will be in 2014.

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