Jets skewered by New York media for trading Revis to Bucs
The Darrelle Revis trade is making waves in Tampa, where many fans are thrilled to be on the receiving end of a deal that netted one of the NFL’s best defensive players.
But in New York, the media capital of the world and a town in which sports media don’t mince words, there’s a bit of a different reaction to this trade.
The general sentiment: This was a bad move for the Jets, one that sets back the franchise despite the acquisition of the Bucs’ first-round draft pick (13th overall).
Here’s a sampling:
On espnnewyork.com, columnist Ian O’Connor wrote the following: “So it turns out the New York Jets are capable of butt fumbles in April, too. They are capable of taking one of their two greatest players ever, a talent right there with Joe Namath, and running him out of town before he made it to his 28th birthday.
“Darrelle Revis wanted badly to be a Jet for life. He was planning on buying a place in Manhattan, on spending the rest of his career as a citizen of the city, on being in the secondary when the Jets reached the Super Bowl for the first time since man landed on the moon.
“Now man might land on Mars before the Jets return to the big game. They traded Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two picks -- including one first-rounder (No. 13 overall) in this week's draft -- a deal that doesn't look any better than the clip of Mark Sanchez running facemask-first into Brandon Moore’s rump on Thanksgiving night.
“If that play was at least good for a laugh, there's nothing remotely funny about this. Revis scored $96 million from the Bucs over six years, but not a penny of it is guaranteed. Woody Johnson could've had the same deal, and cut his man as soon as it was warranted without owing him anything. In other words, the kind of deal the Yankees wish they had with Alex Rodriguez.”
Then, in the New York Daily News, Gary Myers argued that the Jets should have bypassed the opportunity to trade Revis and tried to agree to terms on a cheaper deal between now and the start of the season, when the best window to trade him would have passed, leaving Revis with fewer options.
“When Darrelle Revis stepped aboard the Bucs private plane at Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey around noon on Sunday for a flight to Tampa to take a physical on his surgically repaired knee, it made it official: The Jets are now an expansion team.
“I've said all along you don't trade your best players and run away from contract problems. You solve them, even if it is painful. It's the price of doing business in the NFL, and in this case, the Jets had considerable leverage to get a deal done before Revis would become an unrestricted free agent in March of 2014.
“Would Revis really want to risk his financial future and play the 2013 season without a new contract when he's coming off an ACL injury?”
In the Newark Star-Ledger, columnist Dave D’Alessandro wrote a forceful piece that predicts the Revis trade signaling the end for Jets coach Rex Ryan.
He writes, “The one thing Rex had over his father (Buddy Ryan) and brother (Rob Ryan) was the best cover corner anyone had seen since Deion Sanders, and Revis allowed Rex to run all those exotic blitzes that define him to this day, because Revis is the one guy who can vaporize anyone within his field of vision.
“Now he has been vamoosed, depriving the Jets’ defensive mastermind of his chance to unleash his preferred exotics on the rest of the NFL.
“So what conclusions can we reach about the philosophical changes Rex must now undertake? Those have yet to be determined, but the ultimate consequences of this trade seem fairly clear, and they can be summarized in four words: Nice knowing you, Rex.”
So, there, in just a few short examples, is the consensus reaction to the Revis trade in the New York media. Given the way the deal is being lamented there, you would think this trade should pay off handsomely for the Bucs.