6 Teams That Would Be Perfect Fits for Darrelle Revis
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According to CBS Sports, Jets' management is considering moving Revis because the team does not want to pay him the money he will fetch on the open market when he becomes a free agent after next season.
The Jets reportedly are seeking a first- and second-round pick for Revis, who is recovering from an ACL tear but still figures to demand top dollar in his next deal.
Several teams figure to be interested in Revis, but only if he is medically cleared and agrees to sign an extension with the team upon being traded. Teams interested must not only have the ammo to woo the Jets, but the money to lock him up long term.
In the following slideshow, we examine six NFL teams that fit these criteria.
6. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks already have a pair of great corners, but that should not stop them from pursuing Revis.
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The Seattle Seahawks have an elite duo at cornerback already in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. But in today's pass-happy NFL, you can never have too many quality defensive backs.
Darrelle Revis fits the profile the Seattle coaching staff desires in a cornerback. He is physical and can play aggressively at the line of scrimmage.
Adding Revis would make it even more difficult for any team to pass on the Seahawks. Seattle has cap space and enough young talent to put together a nice package to land him.
Seattle is a great fit for Revis schematically, and would be another case of the rich getting richer in the NFL.
5. Denver Broncos
Champ Bailey needs some help in Denver.
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Elway making a move for Darrelle Revis would not be shocking.
Denver has cap room and pieces in place to make the move. It also has an ailing secondary that has only been slightly upgraded by the emergence of conerback Chris Harris. Champ Bailey is regressing and needs to see less time on the field. Adding Revis would allow the team to reduce Bailey's playing time or move him from cornerback to safety.
Every other aspect the Denver defense, including an elite pass rush, is in place.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ronde Barber has been asking for help for years in Tampa Bay.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a huge need in the defensive secondary. The ageless wonder Ronde Barber can only continue to play at a high level for so long before he needs to be replaced as well.
Tampa Bay showed last year that it is a franchise willing to make a big splash financially, signing receiver Vincent Jackson and offensive lineman Carl Nicks last offseason.
The Buccaneers still have plenty of cap room to extend Revis, and have enough value—eight selections in the 2013 NFL draft, including a Top 15 pick—to land him via a trade.
It is not the sexiest team on the list, but Tampa Bay is an underrated landing spot for Revis. The money is there, and more importantly, so is the need.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
Leon Hall could use a partner in crime in Cincinnati.
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The Cincinnati Bengals have plenty of money, extra picks in the 2013 NFL draft and an already elite defense in place.
In other words, there are not many better situations for Darrelle Revis.
Cincinnati has boatloads of cap space that needs to be used on extending important players such as Geno Atkins and A.J. Green. But there is still more than enough to bring in a talent like Revis.
The Bengals have an extra second-round pick thanks to the Carson Palmer trade, so building ammo to make the move would not be a problem.
The Bengals have one outstanding corner in Leon Hall and a first-round pick from a year ago in Dre Kirkpatrick, but the secondary remains one of the bigger issues for Cincinnati on defense.
Adding Revis changes that in a hurry, but only if the Bengals actually make the move.
2. Green Bay Packers
This would not be the first time the Packers have made a big splash for a defensive back.
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The Green Bay Packers made another premature exit from the playoffs this past season in part because of the secondary.
Green Bay is a franchise that is known for mostly sticking to the draft for building a team, but that could all change rather quickly if Darrelle Revis is available on the trade market.
Defensively, the secondary is not the only issue, especially with Casey Hayward emerging as a star at cornerback. Similar to Denver, for the unit to improve, the Packers have to find a way to get Charles Woodson off the field more often.
Green Bay can put together a sweet trade package, and the cap room is there if Revis comes to town. As rare as it seems for this franchise, it is a great scenario for both parties.
1. San Francisco 49ers
Carlos Rogers could be let go in exchange for Darrelle Revis.
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Darrelle Revis would like nothing better than to receive the money he deserves and contend for a championship. The San Francisco 49ers can supply both.
The 49ers are not lacking on defense, but they would be even better with NFL's best cornerback in their secondary. San Francisco could move on from the expensive Carlos Rogers and use the money to upgrade the position and get younger.
Even though the 49ers have a chance to win the Super Bowl this year, their chances will skyrocket for the next few years with the addition of Revis. The secondary is the 49ers' biggest weakness, but that would change drastically with Revis.
San Francisco has the money for Revis is they use it right. It will take a few draft picks to convince the Jets to ship him there, but head coach Jim Harbaugh has the ammo to make it happen.
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