The off-season has come early again for the Green Bay Packers, with that comes the trade and signing rumors for the team. On Thursday, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson hinted at the possibility of a trading defensive all-star Darrelle Revis. On Friday, CBS Sports columnist Mike Freeman said the Packers have constantly been brought up as suitors for Revis.
It would make sense for the Packers on a personnel basis. The Packers were picked apart by elite quarterbacks this season. Their best lock down corner, Tramon Williams was embarrassed by Michael Crabtree in the Divisional round loss to the San Francisco 49ers. With Charles Woodson reaching the end of his career, it would make sense to bring in a lights-out defensive player like Revis. He could relieve some of the pressure Williams was feeling as being the top corner after Woodson moved to safety this season. Revis is also a smart player who could learn Woodson’s hybrid role in Dom Capers 3-4 scheme. The possibility of having Revis in the mix with the Packers’ young up and coming secondary could make them the leagues most talented defense. There’s no doubt that “Revis Island” would look perfect between the sidelines of Lambeau Field. That would be a fairy tale scenario for the Packers, but there are factors that could make this trade unlikely.
If you look at GM Ted Thompson’s bold moves throughout his tenure with the Packers you would probably find maybe one. He boldly traded up in 2009 to draft Clay Matthews. You could say another one was signing RB Cedric Benson this past off-season. Thompson believes in building his teams through the draft. This has worked out perfectly, and it’s the reason why he leads one of the best front offices in the NFL. Thompson has had chances at trading for stars in the past for relatively cheap prices and has passed. It wouldn’t make sense for Thompson to meet the price for Revis, which will probably be pretty substantial. Thompson would much rather draft the next Revis.
It also could be impossible salary cap wise, for the Packers to bring in Revis and sign him long term. With big name contracts of B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews, and Aaron Rodgers all coming up at the same time, it would seem impossible to bring Revis in. The Packers could clear cap space by getting rid of AJ Hawk, Charles Woodson, Donald Driver, Jeff Saturday, and Greg Jennings. Driver, Saturday and Jennings are on their way out the door already. The Packers could package Williams in the deal for Revis, which would make the move somewhat financially possible. Revis has always been a contract problem. At only 27 he’s held out in training camp twice, and become a headache for the Jets. The Packers wouldn’t want to deal with any of these problems as they’ve proved that no player is bigger than the organization.
It will be interesting to watch this play out throughout the spring and summer. It would be highly unlikely for this to happen, but this could be the year that the Packers shock the world in the off-season.
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