As the NFL Draft draws near, teams are looking to make their final moves to get the picks they need. And no bigger move was made in football this week than the New York Jets trading Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a first-round pick.
Now the debate is on whether the Revis deal is a touchdown or a debacle with Revis himself admitting he wanted to be a Jet for life.
“I think he’s someone who felt like he had proven to them [Jets] that he’s worth $15 or $16 million a year and they could never discredit the fact that he was,” CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora told Scott Ferrall. “But Woody Johnson made it clear back In January when he was interviewing these GM candidates that he wasn’t prepared to pay Revis $15 or $16 million a year given where they were in their rebuilding program, and how they performed without him last year, and some of their other needs and the fact that he’s the one tradeable commodity on the team.”
The move is made and now La Canfora says it’s up to the Jets to make the most of it in this week’s draft.
“If they [Jets] had their druthers they’d trade back from 13 again and get more value cause they’re just depleted all over the place,” Canfora opined. “They can’t put a team together right now. They need quantity even more than they need quality. Their first priority for John Idzik would be ‘let me keep trading back and acquiring more picks and hopefully I turn those picks into players.’”
La Canfora also told Scott he believes the Jets should take wide receiver Tavon Austin at the ninth pick and should definitely consider quarterback Geno Smith with the 13th pick, even though many Jets fans would disagree. This may be due to the CBS NFL Insider’s strong feelings about Mark Sanchez’s abilities.
“I think he’s [Sanchez] a pretty poor quarterback,” La Canfora said. “That ship has sailed. The only reason he’s there is because of the contract. He’s untradeable. He’s uncuttable. But a year from now he won’t be.”