The New York Jets are reportedly considering trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported that team owner Woody Johnson is open to the idea of dumping the 27-year-old cover man's $6 million salary for 2013.
There would be few teams not keen on adding a shutdown corner as accomplished as Revis. Yet four contenders in particular, could boost their Super Bowl credentials by making a swap deal for Revis. While it's too early to consign Revis's Jets career to memory, here is a look at where a trade might send him, starting with what compensation Gang Green could expect to receive.
Potential Trade Value for Revis
At only 27, Revis would still command high value on the trade market. In just six years, he has established himself as the premier corner in the NFL. With Revis on the field, a defense can feel confident about having one side of the field shut down.
That's a priceless commodity, particularly considering the pass-first nature on the league today. However, Revis only played two games in 2012 and finished the campaign on injured reserve. His trade value will be linked to the speed and success of his recovery from a torn ACL. Just the fact the Jets are even considering trading Revis, has to make some suspicious about the prospect of a return to full fitness.
That would drive his value down to possibly a third or even fourth-round pick in April's draft. However, if Revis's physical reports are positive, the Jets could certainly expect second-round value. After all, that's exactly what they surrendered to acquire Antonio Cromartie. At the moment, it's probably safer to suggest a third round pick, either on its own, or as part of a package deal.
Best Trade Destinations
The Detroit Lions have been crippled by their porous pass defense in recent seasons. They finished 2012 with a mediocre 14th ranking. In several games, their threadbare secondary undermined the consistent pass rush generated by the front four.
Current starters Chris Houston and Drayton Florence will enter the free-agent market. Having Revis take away the opposition's best receiver, would allow the Lions to play their familiar zone coverage in the rest of the secondary. The trade woiuld finally give Detroit the right balance between coverage and pressure that could get them back to the playoffs.
Imagine a Houston Texans' defensive backfield with Jonathan Joseph and Revis covering the outside. Both are man coverage specialists who would dictate where opposing quarterbacks aim their passes.
The Texans ranked 16th against the pass in 2012. Their risky concepts were exposed against the Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots. With Revis and Joseph taking care of the outside, coordinator Wade Phillips would be able to risk his favoured heavy blitzing more often.
Some fans might not be keen on the Washington Redskins reverting to old habits by swapping draft choices for veteran players. However, they have a major need in the secondary. They ranked 30th against the pass and while the main concern is at safety, corners DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson don't inspire great confidence.
The Redskins don't own a first round pick this year, thanks to the Robert Griffin III trade. However, they could package third and fourth round picks, or even part with their prime second round choice. While they have cap restraints due to 2012's league-imposed penalty, the Redskins could create space by releasing cap-heavy veterans Hall and Santana Moss.
The Denver Broncos would be the best fit for Revis and they should be the first to engineer a deal. Veteran Champ Bailey showed signs of slowing this season. Fellow starter Tracy Porter also endured his struggles. Porter joins Tony Carter as a free agent this offseason, potentially leaving the Broncos thin at a vital position.
The Broncos' pass defense excelled in the regular season, but was annihilated by Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. With pass-rushers like Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller dominating up front, more assured coverage in the defensive backfield, could propel Denver to a Super Bowl.
The Broncos' management has not been shy about taking the initiative to land stellar veterans. They won the race to recruit Peyton Manning last offseason and adding Revis would be another major coup.