Reports have come out that the Jets are looking to move cornerback Darrelle Revis as he is in the last year of his contract. Revis took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with this potential change in scenery:
Jets owner Woody Johnson has wondered if the team would be able to resign Revis and with a clause in his contract New York can’t franchise tag him. With the potential that Revis could leave without any compensation for the Jets, he is more likely to be mentioned in trade talks. Revis wants a contract ‘north’ of the deal signed by Mario Williams last offseason of six years $96 million with $50 million guaranteed.
The Lions should make an offer to the Jets for Revis, but the asking price should be a top-ten pick. I don’t think the Lions should offer their first round pick, but instead offer DT Ndamukong Suh. Suh is going to be making a lot of money over the remainder of the deal and defensive tackle is a position that the Lions don’t need to have that much money invested in.
Having Revis on one side and Chris Houston on the other, along with Bill Bentley and Jonte Green coming in on the nickel packages and rotating in makes corner a strength instead of a weakness. Add in an edge rusher (Jarvis Jones) in the top of the draft and the Lions now have a great NFL defense.
The Lions won’t be able to replace Suh in the draft, but Nick Fairley could continue to develop into a very solid DT. Being able to add another tackle in the draft or resigning Corey Williams will help soften the blow of losing Suh, but it is a move I would love to see the Lions do.
Detroit would then have a lot of money tied up in Stafford, Calvin and Revis instead of Suh if they make this trade, but cornerback is a bigger position of need. Meaning that a great cornerback is a bigger value to any team than a great defensive tackle.
As for how this Revis situation will work out and if he ends up a Lion, Revis himself said it best: