ESPN Morning Take - Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC East: ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggests the New York Jets should trade star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a second-round pick and backup quarterback Alex Smith. Morning take: The trade certainly fills a need for the Jets. Smith could immediately start at quarterback ahead of Mark Sanchez, and the Jets would get a nice draft pick. It seems like good value all around.
Its absolutely fucking sickening that we’re mentioning Alex Smith and Darrelle Revis in the same sentence. One guy is an absolute game changer. A lockdown corner who erases every single team’s #1 receiver in an era where the NFL has done everything they can to make it a passing league for star quarterbacks and wide outs. Cuts the field in half and makes every single opponent alter their offensive game plan. The other guy is a first round bust-turned-game-manager who lost his job the millisecond a dynamic athletic quarterback came around. Basically just an improved version of Mark Sanchez who learned how to limit his turnovers and let his team win despite him.
Whats even more sickening is that the Jets have botched things with Revis so badly, this might be the best they can get. They’ve fucked up negotiations with him before. They’ve spent the past few years underpaying him in the hopes that they can nickel and dime him hoping he’ll stick around. And now that he’s coming off an injury his value is technically at an all time low. They’ll either lose him because he wants to leave or lose him because they’re unwilling to pay him, and everyone knows it. So Mark Sanchez 2.0 is probably the best option. Only problem is that the only reason Alex Smith had success is because he’s surrounded by one of the best teams in the league. Put him on the Jets who are the least talented squad in the NFL and you’ll go right back to the $45 million bust he was before Harbaugh built everything up around him. Another expensive game managing quarterback and one pick is not gonna solve anything for the Jets.
But then again, with the way this situation has been handled, Revis probably won’t garner any sort of package that can make a serious long term impact. Maybe you just bite the bullet, get a slight upgrade at QB, hope you nail a 2nd round pick, and just concede the fact that you totally fucked up a situation with one of the most valuable players in the league. Personally, assuming they aren’t gonna pay him, I’d rather just try to land a boatload of picks and roll the dice.