This has been a nasty offseason for the New York Jets, an organization whose future grows bleaker by the hour. Head coach Rex Ryan will have his work cut out for him this year.
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Notable Change #1:
The Jets lost their most talented shutdown cornerback in April when they traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the No. 13 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Adam Schefter and Rich Cimini of ESPN filed a story on April 22 with this basic explanation: “The deal is worth $96 million, making Revis the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history, but includes no guaranteed money, according to sources close to the Pro Bowl cornerback. The conditional pick headed to the Jets is a fourth-round selection in 2014, but could become a third-rounder if Revis is on Tampa Bay’s roster on the third day of the 2014 league year…”
No matter how much the Jets might have been backed into a corner by matters of financing, Revis’ injury problems, or other roster-balancing considerations, the loss of a prized player for comparatively little in return marks a substantial blow to the organization. There’s just no way to sugar-coat this deal or make it seem like a value-positive situation in any way, shape or form. Revis was such a cornerstone of the team’s defense – a huge reason why the Jets made back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game in the 2009 and 2010 seasons – precisely because he took away the half of the field in which he was operating in single coverage. The Jets’ safeties and opposite-side linebackers did not have to worry as much about pass-coverage responsibilities because they knew Revis had things taken care of. New York needs its defense to be dynamic in light of its impotent offense. That’s just not likely to be the case this season now that Revis is gone.
Notable Change #2:
The Jets lost multiple players who had made contributions to the team in recent years. Running back Shonn Greene continued the exodus out of New York, signing with the Tennessee Titans. In a piece from the New York Post on March 14 of this year, writer Brian Costello offered these brief details: “The Jets did not try to hold onto Greene. The team’s third-round pick in 2009 goes to the Titans where he will join Chris Johnson in the backfield. Greene rushed for back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in the past two years but never developed into the feature back they hoped.”
Notable Change #3:
The Jets lost two other safeties, leaving their secondary in tatters. LaRon Landry bolted to the Indianapolis Colts, while Yeremiah Bell moved on to Phoenix to play for the Arizona Cardinals. Again, here’s Brian Costello of the New York Post from March 14:
“Landry made the Pro Bowl in his one season as a Jet and proved he could stay healthy, earning him the big payday from the Colts. Bell spent the 2012 season with the Jets and played well. The team had interest in re-signing him, but the Cardinals struck first.” The erosion of the Jets’ roster is going to be a huge concern going forward.
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