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Darrelle Revis Trade Rumors: Should Kansas City Chiefs Pursue Cornerback?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets walks to the sidelines against the Buffalo Bills  during their season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Jeremy SickelContributor IIIJanuary 24, 2013

According to a report from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson will explore trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis this offseason.

Per La Canfora's source, Johnson has reservations about whether or not the Jets can keep Revis in New York past next season.

Revis, owed $6 million in salary and bonuses next year, can void his current deal after the 2013 season. The Jets hired new general manager John Idzik and are looking to tweak things coming off a 6-10 season.

While there is no replacement for Revis on the field, moving their only viable trade chip seems like a logical move right now for the Jets.

There will be plenty of potential suitors for his services, but Revis is coming off a torn ACL and could be slow to recover in 2013 because of the demands of his position—perhaps limiting the Jets' return in any deal, in addition to his current contract situation.

When given a chance to employ one of the league's top defenders, however, the other 31 teams in the NFL should at least pick up the phone.

The Kansas City Chiefs let cornerback Brandon Carr walk in free agency last year, opting to sign Stanford Routt to play opposite of Brandon Flowers.

Although money was obviously the deciding factor (Carr inked a five-year, $50-million contract with the Dallas Cowboys soon after Routt signed), the Chiefs suffered because of the decision and Routt was released before the season ended.

Pending results of the upcoming draft, Kansas City will enter the 2013 season with just Flowers, Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown as the only cornerbacks with experience on the roster.

It is imperative that the Chiefs make upgrades at the position.

By virtue of a tiebreaker over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City owns the top pick in April's draft. While that may be too steep of a price to fork over for only one guaranteed year of Revis' services, the Chiefs could get creative with a package that could peak the Jets' interest.

New general manager John Dorsey brings to Kansas City the philosophy of targeting the best player available (via CBS Sports). Though that may specifically be in reference to the draft, what better way to put a stamp on his regime than by bringing in the best defender on the market?

If Revis is indeed available—and the price is right—the Chiefs should absolutely inquire about the cornerback.

 

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