Take as part of the price, the contract required to sign Revis. Add to that the top offer we get out of all 31 other teams. Say that's this year's #13 plus whatever (plus nothing else; plus a #2 or #3 next year; whatever), as is the present rumor.
With any other team's cost being $3M/year less than it would cost the Jets (which it is), if the top offer is this year's #13 plus whatever, why should we turn that down? This would represent the best offer from any other NFL team. This means it is the market-setting offer for Revis. By turning down that top offer we are effectively outbidding all 31 other teams. Whatever the top deal is, if we turn it down it is the same as outbidding that team because we are surrendering those picks offered to us by the top-bidding team. But it's worse. We're outbidding that on top of the $3M/year additional it costs us compared to anyone else. In other words, if Revis was $3M/year more expensive, his top offer would surely be even less.
Why is Revis worth more to the Jets in (a) draft pick value, and (b) in annual compensation, than to any other NFL team? Consider the things that decrease his trade value:
- History of lengthy holdout? check.
- History of publicly indicating he might not show up to camp after pocketing $24M the prior season? check.
- History of not-serious/nagging type injury during the season due to showing up out of shape after an extended holdout? check.
- History of serious injury? check.
- Hasn't seen an NFL field since that serious injury? check.
With all that, he still has tremendous value. But it isn't the same as though he was a great, great CB with no check-marks next to all of these value-reducing traits.
So if 31 other NFL teams don't think today he's worth two #1's "at least" (as some here have repeatedly indicated), even if they're very late #1 picks, then why should we place that value on him?