On Wednesday, rumors spread that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was open to trading their star cornerback due to his contract situation. Revis will be a free agent at the end of next season and the Jets have been unable to get him signed to a new contract on several occasions the past two seasons.
Do not make that call to the Jets, John Elway.
The Broncos secondary was torched in the AFC divisional loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Fans will have images of Champ Bailey chasing Torrey Smith down the field and safety Rahim Moore misjudging Joe Flacco's bomb at the end of regulation burned into their heads for a long time. Even with all that happening, the secondary is not the most pressing need in Denver.
The Broncos have a great mix of youth and veterans in their secondary heading into next season. Bailey had a bad game but he is still a Hall of Famer and one of the best corners in the NFL. Chris Harris and Tony Carter proved to be more than capable of playing on the other side of Bailey. Moore had a bounce back season after struggling in his rookie year. He choked on that last play. No doubt about it but he is still the starting safety next season. Veteran Mike Adams played well at the other safety and Quinton Carter will be returning from a knee injury.
Broncos have plenty of depth in the defensive backfield, and adding an injury-plagued Revis is not needed. He is coming off knee surgery and had issues with concussions the year before. He is damaged goods and not worth the hefty price tag he would carry.
The Broncos will have $18.5 million of cap space. The team has to get star tackle Ryan Clady signed. That is the biggest issue facing the Denver front office this offseason. His contract could take up to $10 million of that cap space. Don't waste the rest of that money on Revis. Keep that money to get younger at middle linebacker, defensive tackle and slot receiver. Draft and develop players at those positions and get more bang for the buck.
Peyton Manning has given the Broncos a win-now attitude. Denver hopes to get three or four great years out of their quarterback. That is the only scenario that makes sense for the Broncos to go after Revis. Manning seems like a team guy that would want to improve the whole team, not just one position. Especially when it is not a position of need.
Stay away from Revis. The playoff loss was frustrating but remember the Broncos went 13-3 and the secondary played very well in a lot of those wins. Harris and Tony Carter each returned turnovers for touchdowns. Revis has three touchdowns since his career started in 2007. Stick with the playmakers in the secondary.
Revis is a great cornerback and will be a great pickup for any team if he is traded. He is just not right for the Broncos' run at a title.
Revis is not the missing piece to the Super Bowl puzzle.
Chris Schmaedeke has worked in Denver sports media for 10 years and has written numerous online articles about the Broncos.
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