Saturday, March 2, 2013

Keyshawn: Jets would be 'smart' to trade Revis


The New York Jets' reported shopping of their best player in Darrelle Revis hasn’t helped the team’s popularity with its fans of late. Perhaps a nod from someone who has gone through it before can help.

Former Jets star Keyshawn Johnson recently voiced his support of the team’s using Revis as a bargaining chip, saying that shipping the shutdown cornerback off for a fair share may be more of positive than a negative. (photo: Scott Gould, Flickr)

"I think it's a smart move if they do move him and get value," the former receiver recently told Bob Glauber of Newsday. "He's not going to win any games for you. He's a defensive back who will shut down the [opponents'] top receiver, but the ball is not in his hands.

"The Jets need more than a top corner. They need some pieces. If he gives them the value to get those pieces, then move him."

Johnson has been known to say just about anything during his career both as a player and an analyst for ESPN, but he has shown to be pretty practical about New York’s current situation and the risk-reward if the team did trade Revis away. Much of that could be due to the fact that he went through a similar situation in 2000, when the Jets traded him to Tampa Bay for a pair of first round picks.

And though he contends that his deal wasn’t a smart move for the team then, he wouldn't blame Gang Green for doing the same with Revis.

“Two No. 1s is hard to get for a non-quarterback. You've got to find a real sucker," Johnson said. "But if you do, then take it. And the Jets can't afford to dangle him out there, bark and don't bite. If they do that [and don't trade Revis], then you're going to have a player that's [ticked] at you playing this season."

The Jets’ primary need at this point is obviously at quarterback, but the team is also ailing in the pass rush department, having finished 25th last year in sacks, and is reportedly and understandably wary of taking a signal-caller early in the draft.

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