The Detroit Lions continue to have one position that they need more than anything else. The Lions cornerback position is their biggest weakness by far. In fact, in my recent 2013 NFL Draft article, I discussed the needs of the Lions to take a cornerback in the first round with the fifth overall selection.
Today news circulated around the league that the New York Jets are pursuing trading cornerback Darrelle Revis. Hopefully the Lions front office got the memo and is working out a trade as I write this. Revis is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Revis has taken the league by storm since he was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Revis, nicknamed “Revis Island”, is one of the best shutdown corners in the league known for his ability to go one on one with wide receivers. The Lions really could use a player like this. The biggest problem is whether the Lions have the assets for the Jets or the cap space.
Jets owner Woody Johnson doesn’t think the Jets will be able to sign Revis to a long term deal, which is why he is willing to trade. It is rumored that the Jets are looking for draft picks in return for Revis. Perhaps the Lions could trade their No. 5 overall pick and troubled wide receiver Titus Young. Revis will become a free agent in 2014, and has a mandatory “no franchise tag” in his contract to prevent teams from limiting his salary. In 2013, Revis will earn $6 million from whatever team he is on. It is believed that a new contract would be in the same ballpark that Mario Williams received. Williams was signed to a six-year $96 million contract by the Buffalo Bills.
A deal like that would make Revis the highest paid player on the Lions team. The Lions have three big contracts in Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Matthew Stafford. Revis would be worth the money for a team in desperate need of a cornerback. Also, cornerback Chris Houston is a free agent this off-season, meaning the Lions secondary could actually get worse in 2013.
Revis has been voted to four Pro Bowls, missing only the 2012 due to only playing two games in the season. Revis is a three-time AFC All-Pro. The stellar 2009 season by Revis even earned AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors from the league.
In his NFL career, Revis has 294 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, three touchdowns, 98 pass deflections and 19 interceptions for 364 yards. In his rookie season, Revis had 87 tackles, one forced fumble and three interceptions.
Back in 2007, the Jets traded their first, second and fifth round picks to move from the 25th spot up to 14th to select Revis. The team did this knowing the Pittsburgh Steelers would likely take Revis at No. 15 due to his play at nearby University of Pittsburgh. The trade worked out for the Jets and now it’s time for the Lions to make a trade that will work out for them in the long term.
What do you think, should the Lions trade for Revis?