Darrelle Revis trade rumors have exploded across the Inter-Google since the New York Jets said this week that they would consider trading the perennial All-Pro cornerback.
In soliciting questions for a Big Blue View Mailbag this week, various forms of the "should/could/would the Giants trade for Revis?" question kept coming up. So, let's head into the weekend discussing the Revis question. The full mailbag can be done later.
Let me answer all three of those questions quickly, and bluntly. Should they trade for Revis? Absolutely not. Could they trade for Revis? Well, Geico would have you believe that pigs can fly and the Jets and Giants are working together to host the 2014 Super Bowl but the Jets are not sending their best player to the team they share a stadium with. Would the Giants trade for Revis? Anything can happen, sort of like the reality that anybody can win the lottery, but deals like this are not the way the Giants do business. It's the way the Jets do business. There's almost no chance the Giants would do this.
[For more on Revis, see Gang Green Nation]
Now, let's look at the question a little deeper.
Why shouldn't the Giants trade for Revis? Try a few of these on for size.
Nnamdi Asomugha. Remember when Asomugha and Revis were thought to be 1 and 1a as top corners in the NFL? How did spending all that money on Asomugha work out for the Philadelphia Eagles? It's another example of why the Giants don't go for the splashy, headline-making moves.
The money. Revis is owed $3 million in base salary and $6 million in bonuses for 2013, and it has been widely reported that he wants to renegotiate the remaining years on his contract for a rich new deal. Do you really want to guarantee a cornerback coming off major knee surgery "franchise QB money," which what SI's Peter King says Revis is seeking in a new deal.
The price in terms of talent. The Jets reportedly want at least a first-round pick for the 27-year-old three-time All-Pro, and best guess from here is they would demand a first-round pick plus more picks or players. Do you really want to do that? For a cornerback? Granted, a great one -- but still a cornerback.
The Giants have won four Super Bowl titles. Think about the rosters of those teams -- none had great cornerbacks. You pay that kind of price for a great quarterback, like the Giants did with Eli Manning, because the great quarterback can lead your franchise. A great cornerback is not that type of difference-maker.
One e-mail I received advocated trading Hakeem Nicks straight up for Revis. First of all, I can't imagine the Jets would do that. Secondly, in a league dominated by the passing offense, why would you compromise your passing offense and limit one of your strengths by getting rid of Nicks? To me that makes no sense.
Personally, I have always advocated the need for having several good ones. I can't, however, advocate blowing your budget, limiting your offense, or compromising your draft to get one. If Revis was a free agent, maybe. In a trade? No way.
There are already plenty of teams reportedly lining up to knock on the Jets' door and bid to bring Revis Island to their team. CBS Sports quoted one NFL executive as saying "There's a Revis gold rush forming."
The Giants are not on that list of suitors. Why go there? From the Jets' perspective, the Giants and AFC East rival New England Patriots would have to be the last two teams on earth you would want to send Revis to. John Idzik has been Jets' GM for five minutes, and you know he understands that -- so for the Giants to try would almost certainly be an exercise in futility.
Your thoughts, Giants' fans?