Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback is always a top read for me. In this week’s column, King states that John Elway and the Denver Broncos could make a play for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
If the Jets choose to shop him, I have a feeling Denver football operations czar John Elway will try hard to convince owner Pat Bowlen that Revis would be the missing piece to a championship team. The Broncos are $14.2 million under the salary cap this morning, but that doesn’t include the estimated $10 million they’d need to budget for free agent tackle Ryan Clady, who’s a must-keep. That could be lower, of course, with a long-term deal for Clady. And they could save money by reworking Peyton Manning’s $20 million cap number this year. – Peter King (Sports Illustrated)
So would signing Revis be a smart, or even feasible option for the Broncos?
In order to acquire him, the Broncos would likely have to deal Champ Bailey to the Jets. Are we ready to part ways with Bailey? No, I don’t think so. Bailey’s not even ready to make the move to safety yet.
The Broncos are around $18 million under the salary cap. They could cut linebackers Joe Mays and D.J. Williams which would save them $10 million. They could also re-work Manning’s contract to save money.
A deal for Revis is financially feasible, but is it responsible? After all, Revis is coming back after an ACL repair and he’s reportedly asking for $16 million per year in his new deal. It wouldn’t be smart for the team to keep both Bailey and acquire Revis who have arguably already played their best football.
The Broncos do need a younger, but experienced cornerback in the secondary. Tracy Porter is likely out, and Chris Harris thrives more in the nickel defense. Tony Carter still needs more time to develop. That paints a pretty picture for Revis playing opposite Champ. Again, however, there are too many question marks related to health that makes spending an exorbitant amount of money on him too risky.
The Broncos have to focus on re-signing key players such as Ryan Clady this year, and Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the near future. While Revis would add more stability to the secondary, building for the future is Elway’s primary goal.