According to sources at the New York Daily News, the New York Jets are set to trade the Pro Bowl cornerback within the coming days.
If a trading partner can be found (and there will be no shortage of suitors) and at the right price, as New York plan to use any money gained from a possible trade to initiate what needs to be a substantial re - rebuilding process, in the aftermath of a disappointing 6-10 campaign.
Sources have told the News for weeks that owner Woody Johnson has no intention of signing Revis to a long-term contract extension.
Although Revis’ health complicates matters - he’s less than five months removed from ACL surgery - the best window of opportunity to initiate a deal is during free agency, which started at 4pm., before the already-select market for Revis dries up.
“I think (the Jets are) going to move Revis,” a source familiar with the situation told the News on Tuesday. “Bet it. If he isn’t traded by tomorrow, (general manager John) Idzik is an idiot. One buyer might dry out. He has to move him. The risk of keeping him kills the franchise for five years and Idzik is gone.”
ProFootballTalk.com reported on Monday night that the Jets had a “good” trade offer on the table for Revis that would satisfy the team’s desire to get sufficient draft pick compensation and the Revis camp’s need to sign a long-term deal. The report also indicated that the Revis camp was unaware of the offer.
The News reported last week that there were a couple of “legitimate buyers” willing to trade for Revis when the new league year and trading period officially Tuesday.
A source told the News this week that the Jets would like to deal him to an NFC team, possibly the San Francisco 49ers, who’ve already made one significant off - season acquisition in the form of Baltimore Ravens wideout Anquan Boldin, in return for a sixth-round draft choice, according to ESPN.com.
Revis, who is in the final year of a $4-year, $46 million deal struck after a 36-day holdout in 2010, will likely command $12 million-$16 million per season as part of a new long-term contract.
Revis has never asked to be traded, but this much is certain: The Jets aren’t willing to pay him top dollar.
The Jets, who intentionally avoided the Revis camp at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis two weeks ago, as reported by myself during in an article concerning possible offseason activities involving AFC East teams, haven’t opened dialogue with the cornerback’s representatives to try to negotiate a long-term deal to remain “A Jet for Life.”
Johnson refused to discuss the matter on Monday in an NFL event in New York, telling reporters that he’d address the situation “next week” at the league meetings in Arizona. Revis, however, may no longer be a Jet at this point.
“Woody Johnson is never paying him,” a source told the News last week.
Where do you expect Revis to sign?
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