I’ve been conflicted ever since the New York Jets traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 1st round draft pick and a bag of Captain Morgan rum bottles, which is why I haven’t been able to put together a coherent sentence until now to discuss what this means to a Jets fan.
At the back of my mind I had a micro-cell of hope that, maybe, they will do something stunning in Round 1 of the draft to make my stance more concrete, for better or for worse. Instead, the Jets draft Darrelle Revis Jr. and John Abraham Jr., aka Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson. It’s as if they thought, “Whoops, maybe we actually needed those former players. Let’s try to replace them right away in the draft! Certainly we have a stellar offense with a Hall of Fame quarterback, a running back who has run 2000 yards a year, and receivers that the sun couldn’t catch. We’re set with offense. Let’s fix that horrid defense.” As senseless as that statement is, that is the only way I can understand these draft choices without wondering if the Jets management got drunk at the lobby bar of Radio City Music Hall.
I loved Revis. He was the first jersey, be it baseball, basketball or football, that I ever bought for myself, or even wore, as far back as I can tell (I’ve seen pictures of myself in a Mets jersey, but have selective amnesia of the event). Is he one of the greatest cornerbacks in history? Absolutely. Is it sad that the jersey I was so proud of attaining as a Jets fan is for a defensive back? Absolutely.
BUT!™ Revis has sustained injuries for the past 2 seasons to an area of the body that is as important as having arms to deflect passes or gobble up INTs: his legs. So I understand if the Jets didn’t want to sell off their half of the shared MetLife Stadium to Subway on the chance Revis won’t be injured every year, especially when he’s unhappy with his current contract. Considering how the Jets management all got high at a bachelor party in Vegas and woke up with a signed, extended contract for Mark Sanchez, I guess this trade could be considered a “safe trade” since they would not have to guarantee any of the $16 million Revis was gunning for. It was a salary cap move. I get that. Look to the future. I’ve heard that line for as long as I’ve been a Jets fan. The draft would begin the healing process.
BUT!™ That f#$king draft. Why did this contract issue have to come up for this draft? This was the year of “also ran” players in college football after the stud-farm of the past 3 years. Instead of hearing about battles for the #1 college quarterback between Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III and how every single running back looks like Barry Sanders, we had:
“How will the USC curse affect Matt Barkley?”
“Will Manti Te’o lie about being drafted in the 1st round by a team we’ve never met?”
“Do we really have to stage a draft this year?”
Instead of dealing with football skills, we had a year of paparazzi news about fake dead girlfriends and questions about sexuality (and not in the derogatory way like when I talk about Tom Brady’s Ugg ads). So of course the Jets would get two 1st round picks in a draft like this. It would make too much sense for tings to actually work out to the benefit of the Jets and their fans.
Does this mean I am no longer a Jets fan? Absolutely not, but it’s going to be a long time before I ever pick up another jersey.