The Jets were reportedly already exploring the option of trading Darrelle Revis during the season. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The New York Jets discussed trading cornerback Darrelle Revis even before his season-ending ACL injury this season, the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro reported on Sunday.
The idea of trading Revis has been floated recently after CBS' Jason La Canfora reported that Jets owner Woody Johnson would "explore" a move. Revis is scheduled to make $6 million next season and is expected to want a new, long-term contract. Early estimations put the Jets already $19 million over the salary cap next season, making their long-term options limited with Revis.
But Cannizzaro's report is a signal that the Jets were thinking all along about the possibility of trading him:
Two NFL sources told The Post yesterday the Jets were floating their interest around the league in trading Revis before he suffered his season-ending injury — a clear indication they have had no plans to sign him to the long-term contract he wants.
One source told The Post that, before the injury, more than one league general manager reached out to Revis’ agents to say the Jets were exploring their options for trading him.
Revis is only 27 years old and, before his injury, was thought by many to be the top cornerback in the NFL. Before this season, Revis made four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances.
The Post reported that Revis could seek a new contract that would make him the top-paid defensive player in the NFL. He is looking for a contract that would go "just north of" the deal the Bills gave defensive end Mario Williams last offseason. Williams signed a six-year deal worth $96 million, and $50 million of that is guaranteed.