And if he doesn't come back like he was, before long no one will remember or talk about the scrutiny Idzik & the Jets went through this offseason. It'll seem, in hindsight, like a "duh, of course" move. Meanwhile the press was all over him for even considering the idea of trading Revis, arguably the best on-field player the franchise has ever had, and again for only getting back a #13 pick (not even a top 10 pick) in a top-light draft and a conditional 4th next year.
Meanwhle if Revis is great again for years to come he'll certainly have to deal with continued criticism (particularly if/when there's a big bump in the cap limit shortly) he may never live down, no matter how kookie $16M/year (and forgoing a #1 pick and more) is for a team still at square 1 of a massive rebuild (with super-little cap room to spend at the time).
What dealing Revis was about, I think, was a bigger point than the money and future production because simply paying him shouldn't have been an issue. I think it was a bigger message that the drama and disrespect and consistent holdouts are done, nobody is going to hold this team hostage that isn't a bona fide 1st ballot QB. I hate to use a hockey analogy but it is a capped sport, so, look at the Devils. They do not give into player demands, they build through the draft and make smart trades and free agency moves. Those trades more often than not use a star Devil as bait. Three Cups and Four total appearances later and numerous playoff runs later in about 20 years, I would say there may be something to that strategy. I can think of ONE player in my 28 years that they paid up for, Ilya Kovalchuck, who is a 1ballot HOF, scores a ton of goals and, tbh I think the owner stepped in front of Lou anyway. You can say the same think, to a lesser executed extent to the Patriots, definitely the Steelers, Green Bay, and that is probably about it. Basically the most successful teams in their respective sports, fwiw. Nobody holds the team hostage, period. You could hear the shock in the players voice in the media. Message sent.
Edited by BleedGreen314, 30 June 2013 - 08:12 AM.
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” ― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark