Former Jets receiver believes Revis should go.
With rumours abound that the New York Jets are considering whether or not to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis, opinion appears to be split over the situation.
Former Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson believes that his former team are better off sacrificing Revis in order to be in a position to improve the rest of the team.
“I think it’s a smart move if they do move him and get value. He’s not going to win any games for you. He’s a defensive back who will shut down the top receiver, but the ball is not in his hands,” Johnson told Bob Glauber of Newsday.
Johnson also criticised quarterback Mark Sanchez in his interview, claiming that he didn’t know if “he’s coming or going”.
He revealed that if the Jets were offered two first-round picks for Revis, they should jump at the chance and start to strengthen their roster in other areas.
Judging by his harsh words on Sanchez, Johnson clearly believes that the Jets should start by looking at improving in the quarterback position.
Reports on the NFL Network suggest that the Jets are actively shopping Revis, as he is also approaching free agency after this season.
However, a league source disagrees with Johnson, telling Gary Myers of the New York Daily News that the Jets will not only be losing one of their most talented players but that the whole process could get ugly.
“I think it’s going to get ugly, very ugly. You can’t trade your best player. You do everything to keep him. It’s going to get ugly with the player and the agent. I don’t know how you get around. It’s very difficult.”
The source also believes Revis’ ACL injury last season may have a say on his value, but as one of the most dominant defensive players in the Jets’ history, it would be difficult to replace him and it could a decision to trade him could be one that they end up regretting.
It has been reported that coach Rex Ryan wants to keep Revis, but whether the front office shares that desire remains to be seen.