Should the Lions Be in the Mix for Jets Cornerback Darrelle Revis?

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2013

CORTLAND, NY - JULY 27:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets works out at Jets Training Camp at SUNY Cortland on July 27, 2012 in Cortland, New York.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets apparently have cornerback Darrelle Revis on the trading block (despite swearing they don't) and the Daily News' Manish Mehta is reporting that at least three teams are interested and will make an offer on Mar. 12th.

Now, we're pretty sure that Atlanta is involved. Rumor has it that San Francisco is involved as well, though it's one of those things which makes sense and yet also doesn't due to spending habits and such.

We don't know the third team (and let's face it, in reality, we don't know the first two, either), but it's the time of year for speculation, so the real question is: Should one of these teams be the Lions?

In some ways, it makes a ton of sense. In other ways, it's madness.

The secondary is a big issue and while they may be able to retain Chris Houston, the gap in talent between Houston and Revis is wide and deep.

On paper, the Lions work for Revis. They are able to get some pressure up front (though they do need more) and with the secondary in disarray, trading for Revis locks down one entire half of the field.

Keep in mind he did that with a pass rush far worse than what the Lions had to offer. The next time the Jets pressure the quarterback is likely to be the first time in years.

I've said this many times, but when you're in a conference with offenses containing Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Brandon Marshall, Drew Brees—I could go on—you'd better have the secondary to hold them down.

It's a symbiotic relationship. The pressure from the front seven makes the secondary better, sure, but a secondary covering receivers buys the front seven time to get to the quarterback.

While Richard Sherman may not agree, Revis has been the top shutdown corner in the league for years—right up until his injury.

Which is where we start in terms of the myriad reasons this not only won't happen but shouldn't in any way, shape or form.

How will Revis return from injury and until he does, how can you possibly determine fair value? Revis hasn't even started running yet.

A healthy Revis is probably worth a first-round draft pick, plus one (maybe two) more. A Revis coming off of an ACL injury is something you can't quantify.

The Jets will want "healthy Revis" value, but a team has to be insane to pay it.

Because you have no idea what you're getting. How will his injury limit his effectiveness when he returns? Will it cut down on his range, his speed, how he pivots, how he jumps?

Will it change his ability to be a shutdown corner?

Even healthy, we've seen players change teams (and schemes) and completely fall apart. Nnamdi Asomugha ring any bells?

Over at the Go Route,Ty Schalter wrote a great piece on the pitfalls of free agency, but it applies here as well—perhaps even more because this costs you picks and money.

Would Revis see a tumble in stats because the scheme is different than what the Jets run?

It's risky, too risky for a team like the Lions with a limited amount of picks in the upcoming draft—picks they need to shore up many other parts of the team.

Including the No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft. Now, perhaps the Jets would be better served with next year's first-rounder from a team given the better depth at quarterback, but I could see them asking for that fifth overall pick and taking a guy like Geno Smith with him if he's there.

The Lions, however, would be far better served to hold onto as many picks as they can because this draft is deep at several positions where they have needs and at the fifth spot, they will have their pick of great players.

Finally, while I contend that the Lions are not as bad as they looked last year, they aren't Super Bowl contenders. I'd say they are unlikely to even be close as it stands.

Revis would be a huge help but also a huge cost. Because once you trade for Revis, you have to pay Revis. He wants a new contract.

You already have huge cap issues and a monumental amount of money tied up in Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson (which is why you have cap issues). Do you really want to tie up even more high-end money on a third? What does that mean if you sacrifice while you rebuild?

This team isn't "one Revis away" from a Super Bowl. It's multiple pieces away.

So when Mar. 12th hits, the Lions should turn their attention to their own franchise, free agents and players.

Revis should be something they only read about in the papers.


What do you think? Revis yay or nay? Let us know in the comments.....

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