The Darrelle Revis trade rumors have taken center stage in the NFL, even for Vikings fans who are waiting to discover what GM Rick Spielman and head coach Leslie Frazier are planning to do with star receiver Percy Harvin.
The possibility of Revis being sent to Minnesota was recently presented, by NFL.Com analyst Jason Smith, though at this point it is possible for him to land anywhere in the NFL.
It certainly gets one thinking.
The Vikings currently have cap room to play with, and with defensive veterans like DE Jared Allen, DT Kevin Williams and CB Antoine Winfield coming to the declining years of their careers, one has to wonder what the front office is planning to do for the defense. A new age featuring new stars is coming to the Vikings defense sooner than later. Does Revis fit in?
If the Vikes were planning to make a move for Revis, who is a young player fitting the Spielman mold, they would obviously need to make some adjustments. Winfield would most certainly be shown the exit, as his age, contract and the position he plays would make his presence needless.
I would be surprised if Williams would survive should this hypothetical trade take place. The 2013 NFL draft features young top-tier talent at defensive tackle; the Vikings could choose to draft one of these young tackles to replace Williams and save money in the process. Of course, both vets might restructure, but that is a rabbit's trail that we won't get into right now.
Getting back to topic, don't write this off as purely hypothetical. Spielman was part of the team that sent draft picks to Kansas city for the young Allen back in 2008. Though he likes to build through the draft, Spielman apparently doesn't have to give up a first-round pick in a trade for Revis.
The most obvious pro in trading for Revis would be how the Vikings could match up with Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and the Packers' squad of wideouts (who they play six times each regular season). Any fan can get on board with a secondary that includes Revis, oft-injured but talented Chris Cook, 2012 first-round pick Harrison Smith and youngster Josh Robinson.
The possibility declines, however, when you consider the cost. Running back Adrian Peterson already commands over $100 million, and Revis most certainly will have to be re-signed in the same neighborhood. Then you consider Allen's salary, a possible new contract for Harvin, re-upping on tight end Kyle Rudolph, left-tackle Matt Kalil, Smith and defensive end Everson Griffen, and the glut of cap space would be no more.
If Minnesota was in a position to go for it all or feel they can trade and maintain a young and talented team, then it makes sense. Otherwise, it would behoove them to leave Revis in New York.