Darrelle Revis Trade: Evaluating Potential Destinations for the Jets Cornerback
Revis has a number of potential destinations, and while some are likely, look for others to emerge prior to the draft.
We aim to break down each potential fit for the defensive back.
San Francisco 49ers
The most talked about landing spot for Darrelle Revis—San Francisco—would give him the best chance to compete for a Super Bowl title.
Jim Harbaugh's squad has only one weakness, and that lies in the team's defensive backfield. The team will likely lose Dashon Goldson this offseason and would be well-suited to upgrade at cornerback by bringing in Revis.
The 49ers will reportedly trade Alex Smith for draft picks and now have a host of selections to work with if they want to make a trade. This fact alone makes them an attractive trading partner for any team.
Until Revis' home for the 2013-14 season is official, expect to hear about a potential trade to the 49ers ad nauseam.
New England Patriots
I doubt this scenario actually plays out via a trade, but it's interesting to speculate on it nonetheless.
The Patriots need a cornerback to keep opponents from matching Tom Brady and Co. score for score, so look for them to explore all possible avenues this offseason.
While it'd be a trade within the division, if the Patriots offer the Jets a nice package for Darrelle Revis' services, it'd be foolish not to accept considering that New York's window of contention wouldn't even match Revis' time in New England.
Bill Belichick likes to bring in established players, and I'm sure he wouldn't mind overpaying a bit for a player with Revis' talent.
The first blindside dark horse of the piece, the Indianapolis Colts are going to need to bring in a second cornerback to pair with Vontae Davis if they hope to be successful in 2013.
It seems as though Indianapolis is just one piece away, and it's much harder to find a surefire pass-rusher than it is to make a nice offer for Darrelle Revis.
The Colts have a host of other needs this offseason, but it'd be interesting to see just how well Chuck Pagano could utilize a superstar cornerback.
Revis would be going from one former Ravens defensive coordinator (Rex Ryan) to another with this trade, and acquiring the defender could set the stage for the Colts to knock off the Texans in 2013.
The Steelers have fallen off of their perch, the Ravens are losing a lot of pieces and the Bengals are the Bengals; these three developments have the Browns feeling very confident about their 2013 chances.
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah recently predicted Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner going to the Browns in the first round in his mock draft, so the team is looking at options in the defensive backfield.
Pairing Darrelle Revis and Joe Haden would make it near impossible to pass on the Browns, especially with T.J. Ward patrolling the middle of the field to clean up any leakage.
A Cleveland front office with a new commitment to winning could look into pulling this off.
Imagine if the Lions were able to pair the best wide receiver on the planet with the best cornerback on the planet (sorry, Richard Sherman).
Detroit proved in 2011 that they a playoff-caliber roster, but the team's secondary is seriously holding it back.
The Lions stand to lose Cliff Avril this offseason after not giving him the franchise tag; the biggest thing the team can do now is get a marquee piece like Revis, as he'd be able to slow down top-notch NFC North receivers like Brandon Marshall and Jordy Nelson.
With Revis on their side, it'd be a very reasonable prediction to forecast a Lions playoff run for the 2013 season.
Every NFC South Team
In a division where all four signal-callers are franchise quarterbacks (yes, I acknowledge the jury is still out on Josh Freeman, but just go with it), it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for any NFC South squad to pursue Darrelle Revis.
The Falcons recently released Dunta Robinson and would love to get a superstar cornerback to offset any need for a pass-rusher.
New Orleans had an atrocious 2012 season on the defensive side of the ball, and acquiring a cornerback would be the first step toward recovery in that area
Down in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers could use some cornerback help. Eric Wright fell flat on his face, and there's no use wasting a solid safety tandem of Ronde Barber and Mark Barron on mediocre cornerbacks.
As for the Panthers, Ron Rivera's gang could use a starting-caliber defensive back after releasing Chris Gamble. Money could be an issue here, but when it comes to players like Revis, general managers have a way of making things work.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are rumored to be targeting a cornerback this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport on NFL Network's Total Access.
All signs point to Sean Smith, who figures to enter unrestricted free agency, but head coach Andy Reid has a flare for the dramatic and loves to go after star cornerbacks. In Philadelphia, the coach engineered the acquisitions of both Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha.
It's quite possible Reid could put his signature on this Chiefs team by going after Darrelle Revis and pairing the superstar with Brandon Flowers. The formidable duo would cause nightmares for AFC West quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer.
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