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Jets Cannot Franchise Darrelle Revis After The 2013 Season

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Darrelle Revis’ contract prevents the Jets from using their franchise tag on him following the conclusion of the 2013 season.

This would not have been a big deal had Revis not suffered a season-ending ACL tear last weekend. The Jets would most likely have discussed a long-term deal following the season, but the fact he will coming off a pretty serious knee injury could force the team to reconsider their plans to offer him a multi-year extension.

Revis will still only be 28 for the start of the 2013 season and he is clearly a game-changing force, so even a recent ACL injury may not be enough to persuade the Jets to move on without him. This will definitely be one of the more interesting offseason topic heading into next year.

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Jets head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that CB Darrelle Revis did in fact suffer a torn ACL and will be done for the season, per Mike Garafolo.

Ryan mentioned that they do believe that Revis has a complete tear his knee.

This is not only unfortunate for the Jets, but Revis as well. He actually held out for a new contract before the start of the season, but ultimately decided to rejoin the team. Now that he’s done for the year, it’s hard to imagine that the Jets will approach him regarding a long-term extension during the offseason, which would force him to play out the 2013 season and risk being franchised.

Looks like it will be up to Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie to handle pass coverage from here on.

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Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Jets CB Darrelle Revis will undergo an MRI at some point today to determine the severity of the knee injury that he suffered during yesterday’s win over the Miami Dolphins.

According to Cimini’s sources, the Jets fear that Revis has torn his ACL, which would cost him the remainder of the season.

Losing Revis for an extended period almost is the equivalent of losing a starting QB, as Rex Ryan relies heavily on Revis’ rare man-to-man coverage skills,” writes Cimini. “It would be devastating.”

Kyle Wilson figures to be the next man up now that Revis will almost certainly be out for an extended period of time, but there’s no question that this will have a huge impact on the team’s defense moving forward. The Jets had the luxury of matching Revis up with an opposing team’s No. 1 weapon, but without him on the field, they’re just an average secondary with some questionable play from the back-end of their defense.