Jets Need to Bring Back Revis and Cromartie

With the New England Patriots declining the 20 million option to cornerback Darrelle Revis, it would be wise for one of their division rivals, the New York Jets, to swoop him up when free agency starts today at 4 pm. At last count, the Jets had over 46 million dollars available to spend in free agency to remain under the newly raised 2015 NFL salary cap for all 32 NFL teams. cromartie and revis

After a few injury-riddled seasons in Tampa Bay, Revis emerged once again as the game’s top corner. Others might prefer Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals or Richard Sherman of the Seahawks, but Revis would be my preferred corner opposite NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in his prime. He has 23 interceptions in his eight year career with six of those years ending in a Pro Bowl nod.

Signing Revis would do two things for the Jets. The first is it keeps him away from the defending Super Bowl champion, Patriots. The Patriots’ defense was not as strong as their past Super Bowl teams, but would have been much weaker without Revis. Without Revis and the recently released Vince Wilfork, the Patriots’ defense would be much more vulnerable and allow the Jets, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills to close the gap in the rugged AFC East..

A second reason the Jets should sign Revis is it would give them the ability to have Revis line up against their opponent’s top receiver. New Jets’ Coach, Todd Bowles, is a former NFL defensive back himself so he knows the importance of having a true lockdown corner who can be moved to either side of the defense or even in the slot.

Adding former Jets’ veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie via free agency would also help defensively and in the return game. Cromartie has expressed a desire to return to New York where he played from 2010-2013. He is a four-time Pro Bowler who has recorded 31interceptions in his nine year career.

Revis will turn 30 this summer while Cromartie turns 31 before this year’s NFL draft.

Signing these two established corners will allow defensive coordinator, Kacy Rodgers, to be aggressive with his calls from the sideline and make his defense reminiscent of the one fielded by former coach Rex Ryan’s teams.

And that’s…as I see it!

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