Why the Washington Redskins Won't Trade for Darrelle Revis

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJanuary 24, 2013

August 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) shown on the sidelines  against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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It's unclear just how available New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is on the trade market, but CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reports that the team will "explore options to deal" the 27-year-old All-Pro. 

Naturally, that has Washington Redskins fans buzzing a little bit. This, after all, is a team that gave up the third-most passing yards and the second-most passing touchdowns in the NFL last season. Imagine what a healthy Revis could do to that secondary.

But while acquiring Revis would make some sense on the surface, the Redskins simply don't have the ammunition to do so. Sports Illustrated's Peter King reports that the Jets would want a first-round pick for a player like that, and the Redskins are the only team in the league that possesses no first-round picks in 2013 and 2014. 

On top of that, Revis is due $6 million next season and his contract voids after that. He's already held out twice in his career and would be tough to afford long term. You could argue that the 'Skins would still benefit from renting Revis' services for a year, but keep in mind that they're already strapped due to cap sanctions imposed by the league as punishment for front-loading contracts in the 2010 uncapped season.

Throw in that Revis is still recovering from mid-October surgery to repair a torn ACL, and trading for him is (from Washington's standpoint) both unfeasible and nonsensical.

It's exciting to think about, but let's be real here. The 'Skins have to get back to rebuilding via the draft. They might not have a first-round pick the next two years, but quality defensive backs are found in later rounds every single year.