The only real justification for trading Revis
There are a lot of interesting opinions concerning the issue of trading Revis. Fair points have been made on both sides ranging from not trading him because he is a great player to trading him because of his contract demands. And, as always, the New York media is circling the Jets like vultures in the sky waiting to pounce.
The only way this trade works for this franchise is to parlay Revis into a Franchise QB. The team must ask teams for a first round pick in 2014 because, despite the ensuing draft hype, there are no franchise altering QBs in 2013. However there is a monster draft surfacing in 2014 and between the Jets own pick in 2014 (which will be high) and a second first round pick, the team should have enough ammunition to strike.
There is some risk involved specifically whether Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny "football" Manziel come out. In a worst case scenario the Jets could land the game changing pass rusher that they have lacked since the early 80s in Jadeveon Clowney. The early word on Clowney is that he has GREAT pro potential. I would argue that next to a franchise QB the next most important position is a great pass rusher. Clowney sure could make Revis' replacement at CB look good when the opposing QB is flat on his back. But make no mistake, getting a franchise QB is the first and best reason for making this trade. Another risk is that despite the obvious talent of these prospects, there are no certainties in the NFL draft.
The bottom line is no one achieves greatness by playing it safe. If the Jets trade Revis, they are taking a calculated gamble to begin with. The Jets should trade Revis for a first round pick in 2014 and then spend this upcoming draft fortifying the OL (which this draft is strong with) in preparation for 2014. A franchise QB coupled with a strong OL makes this franchise far better then a CB that will be 30 years old (and cost as much as a franchise QB) by the time the team is good again.
For what it is worth......