The New York Jets have a gaping hole at cornerback, the free-agent market is shrinking and Darrelle Revis is on the verge of becoming a free agent. Are the stars (or, in this case, the star) aligning for the Jets?
The Jets missed out on the top three cornerbacks Tuesday on the opening day of free agency, as Vontae Davis re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts and Alterraun Verner signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, essentially taking Revis' spot on the roster. The Bucs are expected to cut Revis on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, Aqib Talib signed with the Denver Broncos, meaning the New England Patriots could make a push for Revis.
Concerned about his cornerback situation, Rex Ryan is "absolutely" interested in a Revis reunion, according to a person familiar with the coach's thinking. If it were up to Ryan, they'd be dusting off Revis' old No. 24 jersey as we speak. As for Revis, he reportedly would "love" to return to the Jets and Ryan -- although that screams of posturing.
There are two things standing in the way: Woody Johnson's pride and Revis' ego.
After years of acrimony, stemming from two nasty holdouts, Johnson couldn't wait to ship Revis out of town last spring. The Jets' owner was tired of the annual contract dramas, frustrated by the inability to sign him to a long-term contract. Unless Johnson does a 180, it's hard to imagine him signing off on Revis 2.0. Imagine how foolish they'd look if they sign him and, a year from now, he starts threatening another holdout. Fool me once ...
Others may take a different viewpoint, saying it would be a genius move to re-acquire their former best player only one year after trading him for a first-round draft pick. It would be like subletting your house for a year and receiving the full-sale price.
The big question is, would Revis' ego permit him to re-sign with the organization he accused of lying to him before last year's trade? He felt betrayed by general manager John Idzik, who was simply carrying out Johnson's trade order.
In the end, money talks. It talks loudly to Revis, as we know. He'll pick the team that offers the sweetest deal. If it's close, he'll go where he has the best chance to win a title, which means he'll probably be looking for a team with a franchise quarterback. That eliminates the Jets. If he returns to the Jets, it'll be a tail-between-the-legs moment. That would be a sight to see.
The Patriots are a better fit than the Jets, and you know Revis would love to stick it to it former team by signing with their No. 1 rival. He'll take revenge over reunion any day.