Originally posted by mayo49:
I wouldn't touch Revis. Bad knee and bad attitude is a bad combination.
Now this is a recurring statement that I don't get. When has Revis been a "toxin" or a "locker room cancer"? What's the evidence of the bad attitude? He's played great and professionally for a circus of a team for years. Is it because he wants to get paid? Good for him. Why are we so quick to condemn players who hold out when the NFL teams can cut someone and save huge amounts of money. We just cut Akers and "saved" 3 million or whatever it was, and we're laughing about it. And good thing too, you do what's best for you. Why shouldn't players do the same when they have the leverage?
If this were baseball and contracts were guaranteed then I'd be with you. Holdouts would be despicable. But in the NFL where headline salaries are BS? Why?
Furthermore, Revis has every incentive to play like crazy this year for whichever team trades for him, or even for the Jets if he stays put. The injury and the fact that he's up for FA and can't be franchised mean that he needs to show the world that he's back to his best and deserves the huge payoff in 2014 FA. It's unlikley he;ll get $16 million from anyone before that, not with the injury. But if he's genuinely back to his best he'll get it. In 2014. Not this year.
So the man will be a "one year rental" for whatever team he plays for, including the Jets
. A one year rental that will cost $6m and will come with the risk that he's not fully back to his best. The question then becomes: are the Niners willing to be this team and pay the $6m for one year if the picks price for the trade is reasonable for them? You can say no because you don't like his play. You can say no because you fear the injury hobbling him all year. You can say no if you think that the price is too high in terms of picks. These are reasonably objections that merit discussion. All the rest, "locker room cancers" and "taking care of our guys" and "he wants $16 million" is static. They are not pertinent to the question. They are irrelevant.
So let me answer my own question as I have in other threads. I believe the Niners should take the chance for the 1 year rental if his recovery from the ACL shows that he can help throughout the regular season. I think he will certainly be back to his best at some point, but it remains to be seen if that point is in this year. The picks I would pay would include our original first (#31) and perhaps a conditional mid-rounder IF he re-signs for us. Effectively this means that we've traded Alex for Revis and moved down three spots from #31 to #34. I would even throw in #61 if I knew that his recovery is ahead of schedule. I would NOT trade both #31 and #34. That would be silly.