Darrelle Revis, and the Seahawks interest in Darrelle Revis

A couple days ago we heard that the Jets could possibly look into trading Darrelle Revis. Revis, or as you may know him “Revis Island” is widely-considered one of the best cover corners in the NFL, if not the best, but he’s also coming off of a torn ACL.

Revis, for what it’s worth, was shocked to find this out:

The last statement was a throwaway statement, but makes for a reasonably easy segue into analyzing the Seahawks interest in him, and his viability as a member of the Seahawks. Thanks Darrelle Revis for doing me this favor.

The Seahawks are interested in Revis, and for some people that seems weird because they have two very good corners in Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. Some people don’t like it because Revis talks a lot of trash (which is about as hypocritical as anything a Seahawks fan could say). Some people don’t like it because they think that Revis is too expensive. Some people don’t like it because of Revis’ injury. Some people don’t like it for other reasons—probably anyways—and maybe some people even like it.

Revis signed a big contract, but next year will be the last year of the contract if he doesn’t hold out for some reason. He’s got a clause in his contract that says that the he can void his contract after the 2013 season if he doesn’t withhold his services from his team. Revis also has a clause that says he cannot be franchise tagged after 2013.

The Seahawks are likely to part ways with Marcus Trufant next year, though Trufant didn’t make much money, and will likely need to replace him as a nickel back. Neither Browner or Sherman are really suited to cover slot receivers, and considering how many formations in the NFL include slot receivers these days, a nickel back is nearly a full time job. Because of that Revis’ $9 million salary in 2013 isn’t as damning. That the team got exploited by quality slot receivers and tight ends during the season also makes upgrading the position a necessity.

The team seems to like Walter Thurmond, though he’s had a lot of injury issues, and Jeremy Lane has shown promise at points during this season.

Revis would also cost a considerable amount in draft pick compensation. When he goes into free agency after the 2013 season the team he’s on during that season will stand to gain a third round pick, assuming they signed less free agents than they lost, and Revis is remotely close to his former self next year. That in mind, it’s unlikely that any team can acquire Revis for less than a third round pick.

In 2008 DeAngelo Hall was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a second round pick in 2008, and a fifth rounder in 2009. Hall was considered an elite corner at the time and signed an extension with $70 million over seven years. Hall was a very good zone corner, which didn’t fit the Raiders defense very well, and Hall was cut by the team later that year.

A second and fifth rounder for a half-season of Hall isn’t the kind of precendent the Seahawks should look at for a cost-benefit precedent, but Revis fits what the Seahawks do pretty well as he’s a man-corner that can be physical at the line of scrimmage and can tackle well for a corner.

Considering the proximity the Seahawks had to at least an NFC Championship berth this year, making a marginal gain at the cost of a second rounder could make a lot of sense. Even though the team won’t get to keep Revis after the season (unless they extend him, which is unlikely), the marginal gain of adding an elite corner to play the nickel should be enough to justify future production that they’d lose trading a second round pick away.

A first round pick, on the other hand, is probably better spent on a rookie corner to play the nickel, or a defensive end or interior pass rusher.