NFL Rumors: Defenses That Darrelle Revis Would Take to the Top
The New York Jets are still trying to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
Indeed, the Jets are shopping cornerback Darrelle Revis. Which means that owner Woody Johnson has decided not to pay him.
Which means that, if the deal is right, Revis will be traded.
Revis staying for 2013 is the least likely option, since he then would be able to leave unfettered by the franchise tag.
With that said, let's check a few teams that Revis would immediately take to among the NFL's elite in 2013.
The Cincinnati Bengals need to upgrade their pass defense. For one, the aging veterans in the secondary—Terence Newman, Nate Clements and Chris Crocker—are potential 2013 free agents.
Secondly, the Bengals have two second-round draft picks this year and do not reside in the AFC East. Although it will definitely take more than just draft picks for Cincy to get Revis from the Jets, he would be an excellent addition.
Last season the Bengals allowed a 61.8 completion percentage and managed only 14 interceptions. Revis would easily take away half the field and Cincinnati's sound front seven only improves its pass rush and run defense.
This will take a lot for the Miami Dolphins to pull off, but they need upgraded coverage to back the strong front seven.
Recording a mere 10 picks and ranking No. 27 in pass defense simply won't get the job done in today's NFL. Interestingly enough, Miami did rack up 42 sacks and forced 19 fumbles in 2012.
Fielding Revis to lock down 50 percent of the field quickly takes the Dolphins to new heights. The pass rush gets amplified with more time to apply pressure, plus the run defense consistently controls the line of scrimmage.
The 'Fins aren't far away from postseason contenders right now, and dealing for Revis would be worth it.
Where will Revis play in 2013?
The Philadelphia Eagles were extremely suspect against the pass in 2012. In allowing 33 passing touchdowns, Philly also recorded a measly eight interceptions.
Giving up numerous big plays in the process, the Eagles have to find a shutdown corner. Certainly swapping first-rounders with the Jets would have to occur here, along with some additives to sweeten the deal.
Nevertheless, Philly struggled too much against the pass last year. The front seven presents talent capable of accumulating sacks and generating turnovers, but won't make an impact without reliable coverage. Revis obviously offers this and he would get a fresh start in the NFC.
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