Did anyone else wonder whether Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider picked up the phone yesterday to wish his former colleague John Idzik good luck in his new job in taking over the general manager's job for the New York Jets?
If by chance he did call, do you think he asked about the availability of cornerback Darrelle Revis?
Perhaps a deal that would in essence swap Revis for quarterback Matt Flynn?
Maybe, but maybe not.
Either way it's a thought worth considering given how both players appear to be on the market and Flynn, even before the rumors of Revis being potentially up for grabs, looked like a potential fit in New York.
On Thursday, Danny O'Neil at The Seattle Times included the Jets in his report on potential landing spots for Flynn in stating the following:
Situation: The debacle that is the New York Jets is embodied in its mess at quarterback. The Jets went out and acquired Tebow only to have pretty much everybody pretend they didn’t want him. Sanchez lost his starting job by the end of the season, but the Jets are contractually wedded to him to the point that it would cost more against the salary cap to cut him before June 1 than it would to keep him around and pay him $8.25 million to play in 2013. Then there’s McElroy, who looked positively Whitehurst-ian in front of an NFL pass rush in his start. You would think the Jets would have to do something to address the position this offseason, but “Jets” and “think” don’t always go together.
Six degrees of Matt Flynn: The Jets hired John Idzik as general manager after he had worked in Seattle’s front office since 2007. Idzik had a role in shaping the very contract the Jets would be acquiring if they traded for Flynn.
Prognosis: Fair. This is more than just a front-office connection, too. Marty Mornhinweg has been hired as the Jets’ offensive coordinator, and he’s from Andy Reid’s coaching tree, which means a quarterback like Flynn might be right up his alley.
But perhaps more importantly, what about Revis?
ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor had this to share on the situation:
Revis is hurt and confused by his employer's stance, but he should see this as a golden opportunity, a way of escaping the Jets. He's much better at the game of football than they are, so he should find himself a credible contender for the balance of his prime.
Revis does have some leverage, too. If the Jets try to trade him to an undesirable location, the corner could advise the acquiring executives that he'll leave as a free agent after next season if they don't scrap the deal.
To date, the Jets haven't asked Revis for a list of teams he'd be willing to play for. The corner should beat them to it, present that list to the Jets on Friday, and hope like hell they don't change their minds and keep him.
Are the Seahawks not credible contenders for the next few years?
If so, then why not take advantage of the situation?
Why not pair up two All-Pro talents on the opposite sides of the team's secondary?
Of course many will say that the 'Hawks don't need Revis with Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner already in place as starters, not to mention sustainable depth in Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell that filled in during Browner's suspension. Some could also argue whether Revis even needs the 'Hawks. Finally, what are the odds of Revis inking a long-term deal in Seattle?
All are fair points.
Still, even if this ends up being a one-year rental, let's keep in mind that it would also be a "prove it" year for Revis as he auditions for a big contract the following season. Revis did not become one of the best corners in football by accident, he did it through hard work and dedication that will make him a huge asset for any team willing to take a chance on acquiring him for next season.
The big risk is whether he will be fully recovered from his serious knee injury this past season.
However, I see this as an opportunity to "buy low" on an incredible talent. This isn't like the Mariners dealing for Kendrys Morales following his injury, this is someone who until last season was arguably the best player at his position in all of football.
In Seattle, Revis would be in a unique situation where he could recover at a reasonable pace given the 'Hawks current depth. At the same time, I highly doubt Revis will grow complacent given the chance to shine while playing with one of the NFL's best defenses on an up and coming contender. Essentially, it's a potential win-win for both sides.
But why mess with the success of Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner?
Trading for Revis would be...
Don't the 'Hawks have bigger issues?
While I understand that trading for Revis will not solve all the 'Hawks problems, it is the kind bold move that could help make all the difference next year on a team just 30 seconds away from playing in the NFC Championship Game just a few weeks ago.
Now is not the time for complacency. If Darrelle Revis is available, then John Schneider needs to pick up the phone if he hasn't already. If the price to pay is Matt Flynn and perhaps a draft pick or even another player or two within reason, then I would like to think that Schneider gives his old colleague Idzik a call to see if he has any interest to work out the details.