Keyshawn Johnson has made a nice transition from former NFL player to quality NFL analyst, so when he speaks, he’s usually knowledgeable about the situation.
Johnson was speaking to Newsday about the franchise that drafted him, and said he would advice the New York Jets to trade Darrelle Revis right now, and get some value back in return.
“I think it’s a smart move if they do move him and get value,” the former Jets receiver said. “He’s not going to win any games for you. He’s a defensive back who will shut down the [opponents’] top receiver, but the ball is not in his hands. The Jets need more than a top corner. They need some pieces. If he gives them the value to get those pieces, then move him.”
Johnson also said that the Jets have to many holes at other more important positions, particularly quarterback, and won’t be a contender this season, so why not get something for your best player, who is set to be a free agent at season’s end.
“It’s not that the Jets don’t want him,” said Johnson, now an ESPNanalyst. “It’s the right thing to do to build the team. He’s the top corner. He’s the guy. But [the Jets] need a quarterback, running back, wide receivers, other defensive backs. [A trade] gives them that opportunity to fill some of those holes. If they keep Revis, what else do they have? Not much. They’re in a division against the Patriots, and other teams in the AFC are improving.”
I agree with Johnson completely. Mike Tannenbaum left the Jets in salary cap hell, and it will take a couple of season of mediocrity to get it under the control.
If you can get two #1’s for Revis, or at least a #1st and #2nd round pick, I would do it in a heartbeat.