In case you missed it the other day, Peter King wrote about Revis in his Monday column, spitballing some of the teams that might be interested in acquiring Revis.
If the Jets choose to shop him, I have a feeling Denver football operations czar John Elway will try hard to convince owner Pat Bowlen that Revis would be the missing piece to a championship team. The Broncos are $14.2 million under the cap this morning, but that doesn’t include the estimated $10 million they’d need to budget for free agent tackle Ryan Clady, who’s a must-keep. That could be lower, of course, with a long-term deal for Clady. And they could save money by reworking Peyton Manning’s $20 million cap number this year.
Andy Reid could be tempted with $17 million of cap room in Kansas City, and GM Trent Baalke in San Francisco could be a player too; the Niners will have significant money available when — I presume — they dump Alex Smith before April 1. And there are other teams that might be willing to give a first-round pick plus other value (maybe a third-rounder and a journeyman cornerback as well) for Revis. But remember, the compensation isn’t just two picks and a player, or whatever … it’s also wrecking your cap in a flat-cap era for Revis, instead of the significantly more manageable money the fixed-cost high-draft choices now provide.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Pat Bowlen has done a blockbuster trade for a cornerback before (Champ Bailey) and knows that value that a player of that caliber represents, so that Denver might be a team in the mix is not surprising.
Kansas City is one that I would not necessarily have considered, but I wonder if Reid wouldn’t feel a little snakebitten by the Nnamdi contract that the Eagles paid out a few years ago. Reid is going to want to do his best to turn things around quickly and Brandon Flowers would be a phenomenal player with which to pair Revis. The Niners might be interested, but I don’t think that coming off a Super Bowl berth they are going to feel like there are needs of this mangitude that they have to make. Of course it could be a “win” for both teams if they feel like they are each benefitting from whatever pieces might be traded. I’m just not much of a fan of Alex Smith, whether by trade or free agency.