Darrelle Revis wasn't contributing to the New York Jets' 6-10 2012 season, but apparently he and the team are close to parting ways.
According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Jets owner Woody Johnson is about to start exploring trade possibilities for one of the league's most exciting cornerbacks.
Here's an excerpt from the piece:
The Jets are very much in transition mode, they have cap issues moving forward and are trying to embark on a rebuilding process after firing former long-time general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Revis, who missed almost all of last season after suffering a torn ACL, engaged in a long holdout in 2010 that resulted in a contract extension that was more of a Band-Aid than anything else.
With the Jets trying to solve salary-cap issues, Revis is a prime candidate due to his large salary and a now questionable knee after ACL surgery that cost him the 2012 season.
With Revis now officially on the trading block, here's a look at five teams that figure to be automatic fits for the man once known as "Revis Island." The Jets are in clear rebuilding mode, and there are plenty of teams that would surrender a draft pick and cash for the right to pencil him in as a starter in 2013.
CBs Christopher Owens and Brent Grimes are both free agents, and the Atlanta Falcons weren't exactly the cream of the crop on defense this year.
Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel will both still be around in 2013, but the defense finished 23rd in passing yards allowed per game and Colin Kaepernick lit it up in the NFC Championship Game.
The Falcons could franchise Grimes to keep him around, or send a mid-round draft pick or two to the Jets for Revis, who's deal will expire at the end of the 2013 season. As a short-term option on a team one game away from the Super Bowl, Revis is a great fit.
As noted by Bryn Swartz, the Philadelphia Eagles are an instant fit because of the issues they had in the secondary this season:
The Jets are open to trading Darrelle Revis. The Eagles should do literally whatever it takes to get him. Like literally anything.— Bryn Swartz (@eaglescentral) January 24, 2013
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha are already in place, but Revis would stay in the upper Northeast while getting a chance to play for new head coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles are almost destined to take an offensive lineman with their first pick, making the crop of cornerbacks far less attractive in later rounds. Sending a few picks to the Jets for Revis makes a lot of sense, especially if ownership feels this team is still one or two moves away from being back in the mix in the NFC East.
This move would certainly make Revis happy.
He wouldn't have to chase around Wes Welker anymore, and his presence alongside new CB Aqib Talib would make for an interesting duo in an otherwise weak position for the New England Patriots.
If you need any further instruction on why New England would take a chance on Revis, see the second half of the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens.
Still, the New York Jets would be hard-pressed to explain to fans why they would be playing a former star twice a year in divisional play—on one of the team's biggest rivals, no less.
However, even though this deal might be the hardest to fathom, it's the one that makes sense for both parties. The Pats are known traders of draft picks, and they have a glaring need at a pivotal position in today's passing NFL attack.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have aging star Ronde Barber on the outside and traded the aforementioned Talib to the New England Patriots in the middle of the 2012 season.
Many mock drafts have them taking a corner with their first-round pick in the draft, but Revis' move down South would make just as much sense.
The Bucs made major strides in 2012, but the defense struggled down the stretch against teams like the New Orleans Saints (0-2 record) because there was a lack of consistency in defending top receivers like Marques Colston and both of the Atlanta Falcons top wideouts—Julio Jones and Roddy White.
In an extremely tough division for secondary players, the Bucs could make a splash by adding one of the league's best.
If you needed any reason to believe that Detroit needs secondary help, see its game against the Tennessee Titans as a reference point.
Being held together by free-agent finds and names you've never heard of, Detroit could surprise us all and select Alabama's Dee Milliner with the No. 5 pick in the 2013 NFL draft—that's how desperate the need is for an elite corner.
This is a team that finished second in passing offense in 2012. The pieces are in place along the front seven and on offense, but getting one stop on third down or in a big moment eluded the Detroit Lions from any more than four wins.
That being said, Revis figures to be right around Detroit's asking price. He would jump in as a starter and maybe even give Calvin Johnson some much-needed competition in practice.