New York Jets all-world CB Darrelle Revis is likely to be traded.

Here is his reaction, via Twitter:
“I guess we’ll see how this plays out.”
“I’m speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!”

I highly doubt he’s more upset for Jets Nation. If he was, then he’d agree to terms on an extension right now, instead of asking for $16 million per year which is what he’s reported to be seeking.

The Jets are in the rarest of positions. Their best player is not only a tradeable asset, but is also a luxury to keep. The Jets had the 2nd-ranked pass defense in completion % allowed in spite of Revis missing most of the season. They also ended up 7th in QB rating allowed. They allowed 3 fewer TD passes than the San Francisco 49ers did, 2 fewer than the Baltimore Ravens did. That’s with the Jets punting 84 times, once more than the Ravens and 17 more times than the 49ers did.

As for the trades, multiple reports say the Green Bay Packers are the front runners. Other teams that will reportedly give up a lot are the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Denver Broncos. The rumor is that the compensation is going to be 1 first rounder and 1 second rounder. The Giants and Panthers are also in dire need of corner help.

Now, if the Seahawks could pull this off, they’d be the best secondary in NFL history. They have QB Matt Flynn to offer. However, Flynn’s contract is so high at $5.25m that former Seahawks exec John Idzik would want them to take on QB Mark Sanchez’s contract. That won’t happen. The better bet for the cap-struggling Jets when it comes to Flynn is to wait for Seattle to cut him and see if they can sign him in the open market. The market is starved enough that Flynn will get a lot of money, and probably a big signing bonus.

Here is trade scenario #1, the best likely scenario for the Jets:
CB Darrelle Revis to the 49ers for QB Alex Smith ($7.5m 2013 base salary) and a 2013 2nd-round pick. In this situation, they will still be short on money but – if they name Alex the starter – could maybe renegotiate with him to give him a bonus and a contract extension. The difference between this trade and trading with Flynn is that Smith is a proven starting QB and really seems to want to start, while Flynn has to do what’s best for his future and try to make as much money as possible. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think the Jets’ front office would be OK with playing a bargain team for one year around Alex Smith (with Mark Sanchez hurting the cap whether they cut him or keep him), yet they wouldn’t be OK doing that with Matt Flynn.

Here is trade scenario #2, the best possible scenario for the Jets:
QB Mark Sanchez ($8.25m guaranteed this year) and CB Darrelle Revis to the Tennessee Titans for WR Kenny Britt, QB Matt Hasselbeck ($5.5m base salary, which could be re-negotiated), and a 2013 2nd-round pick.

Idzik – a former contract negotiator -  is a money-savvy GM, and he’d really like to get QB Mark Sanchez off his hands. At least having Darrelle Revis on his team for 2013 would be beneficial. I can’t see where Sanchez is going to lead this team to any postseason wins. He is too inconsistent. With even average pass protection, he’ll have a few good games followed by a really bad one. In offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s system, he’ll need to make quicker decisions, get the ball out of his hands fast. Defenses appear to have figured out the throws Sanchez excels at, and have taken those away. It would only be fair to head coach Rex Ryan to give him a chance to stick around past 2013 (he is under contract for 2014, but will get fired if they miss the postseason, barring a litany of injuries), and bring in a more imposing starting QB than Sanchez or Greg McElroy.

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