The Jets did not make any splashy moves on the first day of free agency. The question now is: Will they make the biggest splash of the week by trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis?
Multiple reports yesterday said the Buccaneers are the leading candidate to make a deal with the Jets for Revis and a deal could be getting closer. Tampa Bay makes sense because it has more than $30 million in cap space, a need at cornerback and some familiarity with Revis and his agents. The Eagles also are reportedly interested.
The deal is still a very complicated one, and it’s hard to imagine it will come together quickly, but the Jets are motivated to trade their best player, according to a source. There are several hurdles to clear to make a trade, though.
There has been no contact with Revis’ agents yet, according to sources, something that is going to have to happen for the team trading for Revis to figure out a contract extension. There is little chance a team would make a deal for Revis without having him under contract beyond this season. It is possible the Jets will wait to agree on terms of a trade before bringing the agents into the fold.
Whatever team trades for Revis also is going to have to be comfortable that he is going to fully recover from his October left knee surgery, something no one can guarantee. If not, the Jets will not receive full value for their top commodity.
The Jets also made some maneuvers yesterday to clear salary cap space, something they will need if they deal Revis. If they trade him, they will get an additional $3 million cap charge.
The team agreed to a restructured contract with wide receiver Santonio Holmes, according to a source. According to NFLPA records, Holmes’ salary went from $11 million to $7.5 million this year. The Jets also re-worked cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s deal, according to NFLPA records. His base salary went from $7 million to $840,000, meaning that money was converted to a prorated signing bonus that can be spread over the next two year’s salary cap.
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