The New York Jets will explore trade possibilities for All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, reports CBSSports.com.
According to the report, Jets owner Woody Johnson has strong reservations about the team’s ability to extend Revis beyond the final year of his contract and wants to “attempt to land value for Revis now, rather than risk losing him” in free agency.
Revis missed most of the 2012 season because of an ACL tear in his left knee. His contract expires after the 2014 season but he is set to make $6 million next season.
Revis signed a seven-year deal then that voids to a four-year pact, thus making him an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season.
Dealing Revis would incur a $9 million cap hit due to some option-bonus prorations involved in the contract — thus Revis would count an additional $3 million against the cap than he is currently scheduled to — but the Jets could navigate that relatively easily according to sources familiar with their cap situation, via a restructuring or by releasing a veteran.
Revis, a three-time first team All-Pro, said last month that he would like to remain with the team and should be fully healed by the time next season starts.
“I just think he has to just focus on football,” Revis said at the time. “Don’t get into the ‘he-said she-said,’ and listening to outsiders. It’s all about being focused and playing what you love.”