A long saga between Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets appears to be coming to a close, as the Jets have granted the cornerback permission to take a physical with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and work out a longterm extension, according to the New York Daily News.
Revis' departure would turn a secondary that looked like one of the league's best a year ago into a weak spot on the Jets' roster. Antonio Cromartie made the Pro Bowl in Revis' absence last season, but the seven-year veteran is not at all happy about losing his partner in the secondary, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
"It sucks. That's my reaction: It sucks," Cromartie told Mehta. "Losing a guy like that just sucks. A leader in the locker room, a leader in the classroom, a leader on the field. A great playmaker on the field. It just sucks losing a guy like that."
Cromartie added that when things weren't going well for the team last season, he remembered that he would be playing with Revis again in 2014 and that helped him through it. Now, Revis appears to be on his way out of town, leaving Cromartie as the No. 1 cornerback on the roster.
The Jets will conceivably wind up with Tampa Bay's first round pick, so a cornerback will likely be the target for the Jets early in the draft. Cromartie will now have to assume that leadership role in the secondary.