Detroit Lions Would Be Making a Big Mistake If They Pursue Darrelle Revis
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Jason La Canfora from CBS Sports reported on January 23 that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson would entertain the idea of trading four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. To Jets fans, this came as a surprise as most fans considered Revis the Jets' best player. Meanwhile, other teams' fans are giddy with the idea that their team could acquire one of the NFL's top cornerbacks (if not the best cornerback in the league, as I believe he is).
For Detroit Lions fans, Revis sounds like he is the defensive answer to all of the secondary problems over the years. While he very well could be, there are several risk factors that make trading for him a huge mistake.
Let's start with the No. 1 issue—his health. Revis is recovering from a torn ACL and while he is a talented player, there are never any guarantees when it comes to cornerbacks and severe knee injuries.
While medicine has helped athletes recover more quickly, I still can't help but think of former New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn, who tore his knee in a 1998 preseason game and was never the same after that.
Another factor would be the amount of money Revis wants. The Lions are tight against the cap and have to make several key decisions with a few players to try to create room for additional savings. I strongly feel that the money Revis would cost could be used for more depth instead of just one player.
Revis already held out during the Jets' 2010 training camp, and due to his uncertainty around his knee injury, he might demand a huge contract extension with guaranteed money or hold out again.
Lastly, the Lions would probably need to give up a lot of value to trade for Revis, and according to La Canfora, "Revis signed a seven-year deal then that voids to a four-year pact, thus making him an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season. The deal also precludes him being hit with the franchise tag or any other such mechanism." So besides the potential talent the Lions would give up, if they first wanted to see how healthy Revis is before signing him then they would have no protection if Revis is unhappy or wants to leave Detroit.
I assume the Jets would try to target the Lions' first round draft pick as well as a later round pick, so this could be very costly for only one season.
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