Soft cornerback market could hurt Revis
Darrelle Revis is still a Jet. At least for now.
But with speculation still swirling the Jets are ready to unload their 28-year-old cornerback, who is still rehabbing from a torn ACL, the glut of cornerbacks on the open market may complicate things for the time being.
The Buccaneers are known to be interested in Revis; in fact, even after the team signed safety Dashon Goldson to a deal worth more than $41 million, head coach Greg Schiano said the team is looking for anyone who can upgrade the team when he was asked specifically about Revis.
Now the question is whether the Bucs - or any other team that might have interest in Revis - will part with a set of draft picks that would satisfy the Jets' needs. And right now, it's a buyers' market for cornerbacks, with plenty of big-name talent still available. That means the any team willing to trade for Revis might think twice about giving up too much because there are plenty of alternatives without having to surrender any draft picks.
Just a bunch of cash.
Some of the top corners still on the market: Nnamdi Asomugha (Philadelphia), Brent Grimes (Atlanta), Sean Smith (Miami), Antoine Winfield (Minnesota), Cary Williams (Baltimore), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Philadelphia), Aqib Talib (New England) and Charles Woodson (Green Bay). Woodson will likely be looked at as a safety, but has plenty of experience at cornerback.
So with all those big names out there, and with plenty of uncertainty about Revis' physical condition, it doesn't create a very good environment for the kind of trade the Jets are looking for. They might take whatever they can get at this point, but it also might be worth their while to wait it out, see how well Revis comes back from his knee surgery and then see if a market opens up in the preseason or the regular season, especially if contending teams face an injury situation at cornerback.
And don't forget: Even if the Jets can't find a trading partner for Revis and then see him sign elsewhere as a free agent next year, they'll still get a compensatory pick - likely a third-round choice - in 2014. Even so, better to get something more valuable than that for your best player if you're not willing to sign him long term.