Revis Signed, Jets Ready to Roll?
While I’m not one of the many that has anointed the New York Jets, they certainly have elite talent. Their top man is now back where he needs to be for the D to be elite, on the island. Revis allows Rex to play his game, Revis can hold Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, and like in check, and it allows the Jets to bring the heat knowing Revis is gonna be right in the chest of any elite receiver. Revis had to holdout if he wanted to be paid, because his value will never be higher than it was after last season. The deal is reportedly seven years but can be voided to four years. The guaranteed money which is what this whole thing is about is reportedly coming in at $32 million (Adam Schefter); a big increase from $0.
It’s easy to forget in all the hype and all the cursing in Hard Knocks that the Jets lost 8 games last year (including playoffs). No doubt Revis makes them better, as will Santonio when he returns, and also somewhat surprisingly LT. Nevertheless, the AFC East is a tough place to win since Miami is much improved and the Pats has their offense intact. The Jets were the first to “fold” some will say, but they really had to. They truly have one of, if not the most, difficult schedules to start the season which begins for them a week from today against another sexy Super Bowl pick–Baltimore. First five weeks: Baltimore, New England, Miami, Buffalo, and Minnesota.
I applaud the Revis camp for lowering their demands. Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com discussed this issue a few weeks ago. The problem was that the Revis camp was comparing their demands with what Namdi got from the Raiders. The problem was that the contracts were not as comparable as one would think. Primarily, Namdi negotiated the deal when he was about to be franchised at $17 million [after already being franchised the season before] meanwhile Revis had three years left on the deal. Not exactly the same situation.
I had a feeling this thing would never reach the season and after cutting Richardson I was sure that something had to happen (even though that move only saved them $500,000, they could let Richardson go w/o having another move in mind–bad press). The Jets now have one of the best trios at corner and quartet in dime, but most importantly the top shutdown corner in the NFL “locked up” for their Super Bowl run.
With this move, I gotta think the Jets will be battling with the Dolphins for the East title (and should be favorite) while the Patriots will be on the outside looking in due to their lack of a pass rush.