The New York Jets are apparently looking for a trade partner for their All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, who missed the final 14 games of the 2012 season with a torn ACL. The four-time Pro Bowl performer has had a pretty frustrating relationship with the only team he has ever suited up for.
With that in mind, Revis at only 27, is the best cornerback in the entire National Football League. Teams will be breaking down New York's door for an opportunity to acquire him.
Various reports have linked the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks among the teams interested in his services.
Let's take a gander at those three teams and their chances of landing the elite defensive back.
San Francisco 49ers
They have the most picks in the 2013 NFL draft and definitely could use an upgrade at corner with Carlos Rogers struggling a great deal following a Pro Bowl performance in 2011. While Chris Culliver has the look of a future Pro Bowl performer, Tarell Brown was absolutely destroyed by Julio Jones in San Francisco's NFC Championship Game victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
In addition, San Francisco possesses a huge trade chip here. It has Alex Smith sitting on the sidelines behind Colin Kaepernick. Smith should land a starting gig somewhere and would represent an upgrade over Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. His $10 million salary is cap-friendly for a quarterback of his caliber.
San Francisco could throw in a third-round pick as well as future considerations for Revis. In reality, the 49ers are probably Revis' best landing spot right now.
Green Bay Packers
While the Packers do have a solid cornerback trio in the form of Tramon Williams, Sam Shields and Casey Hayward, they weren't good against the pass during the regular season. Revis has the ability to shutdown one side of the field and would be a major coup for general manager Ted Thompson. Lining Revis up opposite Williams with Hayward in the slot would make Green Bay nearly unstoppable in the defensive secondary.
One major issue here.
Green Bay isn't in a great salary cap situation and don't possess the draft picks that San Francisco has. If it comes down to a bidding war between these two teams, the Packers will likely lose out.
They will also have to add a player or two to the mix. Fellow eDraft writer Nick Slegel brought up the idea of packaging B.J. Raji and a pick for Revis. However, I don't see that as a likely scenario. Instead, the Packers will probably have to part with Hayward or Shields and a second or third rounder for Revis. Do you see that happening?
Why would Seattle have much interest in Revis?. After all, it boasts the best secondary in the entire NFL. Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner make up the best cornerback duo in the league.
The answer to this question is pretty simple. Revis would represent and upgrade, even over both of these players. With that in mind, I am pretty sure neither Sherman or Browner would take kindly to being put in a nickel role on defense.
The Revis to Seattle rumor was probably started out of pure conjecture because it doesn't seem to make a whole heck of a lot of sense.
Speaking of conjecture, here are some other possibilities that I have come up with.
Antoine Winfield isn't getting any younger and seems to be regressing as a corner. He just isn't a No. 1 type of guy anymore. Outside of that, Minnesota really doesn't have anyone ready to step into that role. While Jared Allen is the face of this defense, it needs to get an elite player on the back end. Revis fits that role to a T.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers ranked dead last against the pass after their two starting corners to start the season were no longer with the team. Aqib Talib was traded in mid-October and Eric Wright was suspended for PED's. Meanwhile, E.J. Biggers struggled a great deal in a starting role. I really do like youngster Leonard Johnson, but he is going to need a running partner.
Various reports indicate that Tampa Bay isn't happy with the inconsistency it has seen from starting quarterback Josh Freeman. Could a Freeman for Revis deal work it's way into the conversation?