New England Patriots Should Trade for the New York Jets' Darrelle Revis

Jonathan Cullen@@jcullen71Senior Writer IJanuary 26, 2013

Revis would look great with a flying Elvis on his helmet.
Revis would look great with a flying Elvis on his helmet.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Corey Dillon. Randy Moss. Darrelle Revis. I like the sound of that.

With the news coming down that the New York Jets are open to trading Revis, detailed here in this report from MSN/Fox Sports' Zack Cox, the New England Patriots should be first in line.

This report from ESPN's Rich Cimini mentions that Jets' owner Woody Johnson is pessimistic about the Jets' chances of signing Revis long term given his injury history, the team's poor performance and Revis' expected contract demands.

ESPN's Cimini also reports that newly hired Jets' general manager John Idzik was having to deal with questions about Revis's future during his introductory press conference.

Revis is only available because the Jets are facing salary cap problems and Revis missed most of last season due to a ACL tear. Bleacher Report's Will Carroll examines the road ahead for Revis as he rehabs his injury.

With the window closing on the Patriots tandem of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the Patriots should be exploring every option to improve the team, including trading with the enemy New York Jets.

No team has made a habit of picking up veteran players that can immediately impact and improve their team more so than the Patriots. No current NFL player fits that mold better than Revis.


Given the timing of the reports, Revis was obviously unhappy and sent out that tweet.

This would also square the cold war animosity between the franchises. In the longest completed fantasy trade between the two enemies, the final trade would look like this: Bill Parcells and Curtis Martin for Bill Belichick and Darrelle Revis. It would be the biggest trade in NFL history if it was an actual trade.

Why would the Jets trade Revis to the Patriots? Because trading Revis is going to hurt anyway, whether it's to New England or another team. The Jets face a salary cap problem mixed with a lack of talent.

If Revis is proven to be healthy, the Patriots could offer this year's first-round pick, a young non-core player from their roster and maybe another conditional pick. 

Not sure that would be enough for the talent-strapped Jets, but it would start the conversation.

Why would Revis agree to a trade? Because he would have a chance to go to a perennial Super Bowl contender and show the league that he is healthy after missing almost all of last season. He could play his way to a Super Bowl ring and then parlay that into a large free-agent contract.

Why would the Patriots trade for Revis? Because the Pats have missed the swagger of Ty Law and Rodney Harrison in big games, something that was exposed during the playoffs the past few seasons. Revis would bring that attitude to the Pats' young secondary.

Revis would immediately make a developing Patriots' defense much better, giving them a shutdown corner, allowing the Pats to then pressure the QB and play tighter coverage against other teams.

In trading with the Jets, Revis would immediately make the Patriots the odds-on pick for next year's Super Bowl. Trading a late first-round pick shouldn't be an issue.

The Patriots' championship clock is ticking, and Revis is arguably the best defensive player in football when healthy.

If he's healthy, trading for Revis could be the move to cement New England's dynasty for good.


Information used from, New York, ESPN, Twitter, ESPN New York, B/R's Will Carroll