Update (3/10, 5:36 p.m. ET): Both Cimini and Legwold have responded via Twitter that they are "not guessing" (something a reader suggested on Twitter in response to this story), standing by their reports. One of them needs to check their sources. End of update.
The 2013 NFL free agency signing period is closing in fast—which means lying season is in full swing.
This offseason, the Denver Broncos are expected to look at cornerbacks (they have already interviewed Dunta Robinson), and the team has been rumored to be interested in trading for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis for quite some time.
On Sunday morning, ESPN.com's New York Jets blogger Rich Cimini caused a stir when he reported the following:
For those of you on Revis Watch, pay attention to the cornerback signings, starting Tuesday. That could tell us where Revis might be headed. The Broncos have expressed interest, according to a source.
It's easy to take Cimini's report at face value—the Broncos are reportedly looking for a cornerback, have some cap room to work with and John Elway has never shied away from blockbuster transactions. But somewhere along the line, somebody is lying.
Either Revis' agents have been throwing out Denver's name to drive up their client's value, Cimini has an unreliable source, or the Broncos do not want their plans to be known. Since Cimini's report was published early Sunday morning, two respected outlets—the Denver Post and ESPN—have denied Denver's interest in Revis.
I have known many in this business for a long time and respect them immensely, but the Broncos have NO intention of acquiring Revis.— Jeff Legwold(@Jeff_Legwold) March 10, 2013
Legwold has been covering the NFL for every 20 years and has been with the Denver Post since 2009, after his former employer, the Rocky Mountain News, went under. When the Broncos want something in the news, they go to the Post first.
Another reporter, ESPN's Ed Werder, was signing a similar tune on Sunday morning:
A high-ranking Broncos source told me last week they are not interested in trading for Darrelle Revis— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 10, 2013
The "high-ranking Broncos source" could have been just a high-ranking member of Denver's PR team, but the point holds true—the Broncos want the world to know they have no interest in Revis.
Last offseason, the Denver Post reported that the Broncos would "not be in the bidding" for then-free agent quarterback Peyton Manning, before changing their tune the next day, reporting that the team "would pursue him." Either the team changed its mind, bluffed or the Post had bad information.
The same three scenarios could be the case in the Revis saga; only time will reveal Denver's actual intentions.