Since the news broke yesterday about reports saying that the New York Jets are exploring trading Darrelle Revis, Jets Nation has been very open about hoping it does not happen. What Jets fans may not realize is that trading Revis could actually end up being a good thing.
How could sending the player who is the best cornerback and one of the top five best defensive players in the NFL help the Jets? It is part of what they need to do to get back on track. The fans who say Gang Green needs Revis may not realize that they ranked second in pass defense in 2012. That's right, they were the second best passing defense without the top corner in the game. Even though the team's record may not show it, the Jets defense proved that they can be successful without Revis.
Since they proved strong without him, the next thing to look at is his value. Yes, Revis will be coming off of a season-ending injury, but he will still be seen as the player he was before the injury. It may be safe to say that any team would want him on their roster. With a player of his caliber, Revis can bring in quite a trade package. This is where it gets to the biggest area of improvement.
If the Jets end up trading him, they could receive a couple of draft picks and maybe even big name talent (players like Maurice Jones-Drew and Percy Harvin). The area that needs to be fixed the most is the offense, which was beyond horrific this past season. If they get a good offensive weapon and two good draft picks, they can start to build the offense they have been lacking lately. The defense has shown they can keep up in games and should be able to do so again next season. The offense needs a complete face lift and needs to find talent fast.
Think about it, if you can get a big name offensive player and two more promising players out of college, you are on the right track to get the Jets back to where they were a few years ago. If the offense gets better and the defense can maintain their game, the Jets will already be able to top last season and maybe even make the playoffs. The Jets had the fewest draft picks in the league the past few years, and a trade involving Revis will definitely fix that issue.
While it will be disappointing for Jets Nation to watch their best player get traded, it could also be a blessing in disguise. Before fans start talking about giving up on the team and saying how bad of an idea trading Revis is, they should really consider what the Jets could gain from all of it.