Pros & Cons to Trading for Darrelle Revis
So, you're interested in Darrelle Revis?
Well, get out your notebook. It's time to list the pros and cons to trading for arguably the best man-to-man cornerback in the game today.
As incredibly harsh as the New York Jets defender has been to wide receivers during his career, there are a plethora of cons as well as pros.
Let's take a look.
Pro: He Can Virtually Shut Down Every No. 1 Receiver
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Chances are, if you're inquiring about Darrelle Revis, you know what you're getting from him as a player.
He has shut down the league's best receivers—guys of all sizes and skill sets.
Stevie Johnson has had some good performances on the island, but Revis was never worked over by the Buffalo Bills wideout.
The fact that Johnson's relative success is continually brought up as the lone example of accomplishment against Revis demonstrates how terrific the Jets corner has been.
Con: He's Coming off ACL Surgery
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Darrelle Revis tore his ACL on September 23 against the Miami Dolphins.
While the timing of the injury should give him plenty of time to rehab for the 2013 season, it's a red flag any time a player is returning from a major knee injury.
Will his ligament tear make him a half-step slower?
Pro: He's Only 27 Years Old
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Is this a pro or a con?
Is 27 old or young for a cornerback?
Well, Revis will be 28 before the 2013 season, and many cornerbacks have been able to stay productive well into their 30s.
Technically, the Pittsburgh alum should still be in the "prime" of his career.
Con: His Holdout Past
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Darrelle Revis held out prior to the 2010 season.
The cornerback signed a four-year, $46 million extension a week before the team's regular-season opener.
In 2012, Revis hinted at another holdout.
"Revis said last month during minicamp that he was unsure if he would report for training camp while looking for the Jets to rework the $46 million, four-year deal he signed in 2010."
Clearly, he's not afraid to hold out to get the most money possible.
Pro: He's Solid Against the Run
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Though Revis' tackling numbers have decreased from the 87 he totaled in 2007 as a rookie, he has always been considered a willing defender in run support and he tackles well.
Per ProFootballFocus.com (subscription required), Revis ranked as the ninth-best cornerback against the run in 2011, a season in which he missed a mere four tackles.
Since he plays close to the line of scrimmage often, Revis is typically heavily involved against the run, too.
Con: You'll Most Likely Have to Part with High Draft Picks
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The New York Jets know what they have in Darrelle Revis, and due to that, they're going to ask for significant compensation.
A first-round pick is almost guaranteed to be involved in any trade, and a future mid-round pick is likely to be part of the deal as well.
So, if you want Revis, be ready to take a hit on draft day.
Pro: He Has Tremendous Ball Skills
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Revis was held without an interception during the 2010 season.
Discounting that year and the two games he played in 2012, he has been an interception machine.
In 64 other games during his career, Revis has 18 picks and has defended 85 passes, including 31 in 2009.
Revis is a fantastic shadow corner, but he's not lost when the ball gets to its intended target, that's for sure.
Con: He'll Want an Extremely Lucrative Contract
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Revis comes with a $9 million cap hit in 2013, which includes $4.5 million in base salary.
Comparatively, Johnathan Joseph of the Houston Texans is set to earn $7.5 million in base salary next season.
This Jets cornerback will want more than that.
Therefore, be ready to dedicate a good chunk of your payroll to Revis if you trade for him.
Pro: He Makes Your Entire Defense Better
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When Revis is on the field, he makes your entire defense better.
You can leave him on an "island" and roll coverage away from him without giving up big-gainers to the opposition's No. 1 receiver.
Just watch a Jets game from 2008-2011.
Many of their exotic blitzes were made possible by the incredibly tight man coverage Revis played.
Con: Recent Super Bowl Winners Haven't Had an Elite Cornerback
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Adding a player like Darrelle Revis would undoubtedly help improve your defense and your team in general.
However, he doesn't guarantee anything.
Take a look at the last eight Super Bowl winners—Giants, Packers, Saints, Steelers, Giants, Colts, Steelers, Patriots—and you'll see none of those teams boasted a cornerback who was considered elite.
Charles Woodson was great for the Packers, but he did get hurt in the Super Bowl. Asante Samuel was of course a ball hawk in New England, too. However, other than those two, the championship secondaries legitimately didn't have a premier, shutdown corner.
Just a reminder.