The New York Jets are toying with the notion of trading cornerback Darrelle Revis. If that move comes to fruition, it probably will be safe to cross the Jets off as any sort of threat in 2013 -- and to preemptively add Rex Ryan to the list of coaches fired after next season.
The Jets are in a world of financial hurt: They already sit an estimated $19 million over next season's cap, and Revis, who is entering the final year of his contract, no doubt will want a lucrative deal.
So, from that standpoint, trying to find some value for Revis now before he has the chance to bolt in free agency makes sense -- even when you consider, as La Canfora pointed out, that trading Revis would cost the Jets an extra $3 million this year, bumping his 2013 cap hit up to $9 million.
But the fact that the Jets would even consider dealing their best player hints toward plans for a total overhaul.
That possibility should not come as a total surprise to anyone, either, given the Jets' 8-8 mark in 2011 and 6-10 finish this season. It does not speak highly of Ryan's chances to hold onto his job for more than a few more months.
The Jets canned GM Mike Tannenbaum after the team's disappointing 2012 finish, leaving Ryan (and quarterback Mark Sanchez) as the lightning rod. Though Ryan spoke at a January press conference of starting from scratch and approaching 2013 like his first on the job, time clearly is running out on the Jets' boisterous coach.
Owner Woody Johnson might even have kept Ryan around because Johnson knew how fruitless a coaching search might have been. The Jets had trouble enough convincing anyone to be their new GM, finally settling on John Idzik.
What coach -- and especially a first-time coach -- would want to put himself in charge of a flailing, cap-strapped team?
So, Ryan "earned" another year to get the Jets back on track. It was hard to feel all that great about his chances before La Canfora's report, and now the 2013 Jets season already has the specter of a lost cause.
The 2014 draft, by the way, could include the likes of DE Jadeveon Clowney, and QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel -- the type of stars that this year's draft class appears to be lacking. If the Jets were to go full-bore on a rebuilding plan and, as a result, just happen to tank next season, they may find a franchise player or two available.
For whatever it is worth, the NFL Network's Ian Rapaport countered La Canfora's news by offering on Twitter that "Revis doesn't want (a trade). Wants to be a Jet his whole career." In theory, Revis' desire to stick around would help the Jets sign him to an extension, but at the moment, they may not be able to swing it financially.
The toughest part of trading Revis now (aside from sending your best player packing) would be trying to get fair value for him. Revis played just two games in 2012 due to a knee injury, a fact other GMs would no doubt use against the Jets in trade conversations.
No matter how you slice this, it is difficult to find a real positive outcome for the Jets at the present time. Either they keep Revis for one last season or deal him and throw in the towel on 2013.
The ideal New York scenario -- re-signing Revis long-term and bouncing back with a strong 2013 season -- is a bigger and bigger reach the deeper the Jets dive into their salary cap problems. If Johnson decides he has no play but to unload Revis, that call would all but seal the Jets' fate -- and that of Rex Ryan -- for next year.