Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) reacts during the second half against Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Release Darrelle Revis and others

It’s true: everything Darrelle Revis does on the football field suggests that he’d be a phenomenal NFL safety.

He’s not just a cover corner. He’s not a Deion Sanders-type. He’s a tough football player who tackles, uses his brain, and flies to the ball. At 32-years of age, he’d make for an excellent safety — of the Charles Woodson mold, perhaps.

However, it’s too late for that. The Jets waited one year too long to make that move and Revis has ultimately worn out his welcome in the Big Apple. Besides, even if they could restructure that massive 5-year, $70.1 million deal of his, the Jets won’t want to pay a safety that bundle full of money.

He’ll be cut prior to March 10, the day he’s scheduled to pick up a $2 million roster bonus. Additionally, Mikey Mac structured the Revis deal in a way to prevent dead money towards the end of the contract. Only $6 million of the $13 he’s scheduled to make in 2017 is guaranteed. They’d automatically save about $7 or $8 million by cutting the man once known as Revis Island.

Others who may be on the chopping block are Breno Giacomini, Nick Folk, Marcus Gilchrist, and, unfortunately, Nick Mangold.

Giacomini and Folk are all but guaranteed to be gone. Gilchrist would free up over $4 million and Mangold nearly $9 million. These moves will be necessary for New York to create cap space that’ll be essential in free agency.

David Harris is another name to keep an eye on. While it’s pretty obvious he should no longer be an every-down linebacker, he’s still owed a decent chunk of guaranteed money that’ll make it tough to go the veteran cut route.


  1. I really enjoyed reading this, it’s a sound plan. Nobody is going to completely agree with everything, but for the most part this makes sense. The Jets will be battling with 31 other teams when it comes to Free Agency. I like the idea of trying to acquire Glennon & Gilmour as it fills imediatte needs with young FA’s. The Jets will also want to keep OLG B. Winters, finishing the season on IR just may help that cause? NFL scouting is every bit as important as NCAA. This team is not a player or two away so attracting talented players and not losing any will be a difficult task.

    The team will have to rid itself of the aging vets who are overpaid. Mac didn’t structure contracts in a way which marries the Jets to any of these problems. I’m thinking CP will return at SS, and agree with the other departures. The Patriots have been able to do all of the above hence the long term success.

    The Jets train wreck of a season that started off with promise will end with the team drafting early. Like yourself I hope to see the Jets trade back a few spaces and repeat. This is easier said than done. This draft has plenty of talented DB’s but the OT position has but a few players who currently look to be mid to late 1st rounders. One you failed to mention is the OT from Wisconsin. A lot will change between now and then but a priority lies with building an O-Line. Where is B. Callahan when you need him?

    After watching T. Bowles and his coaching staff in year #2, I became convinced the Jets have one of the worst coaching staffs in the NFL. When you lose control of your locker room there is no hope. While T. Bowles is a nice guy that’s not what this team needs. It’s time to find an Offensive mind at HC, this is crucial when your rebuilding an O-Line and developing a QB. There are many qualified candidates available, we all would benefit by Woody getting the ambassador to the U.K. post. It would allow someone else to take over the day to day operations of our beloved team. A GM should be able to select his own HC. To borrow an analogy from The Big Tuna, otherwise your groceries will spoil or fail to be properly cooked.