Darrelle Revis trade rumors: Lions a possible suitor?

Nick Laham

Could the Detroit Lions be a possible landing spot for cornerback Darrelle Revis if he is traded? Let's examine the possibility.

With free agency almost here, teams are soon going to be able to make trades again. This means cornerback Darrelle Revis could soon be on the move. The New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that the New York Jets are for sure planning to trade Revis, and supposedly there are two or three teams ready to make a move to acquire him.

Both the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons were mentioned in the report as possible trade partners for the Jets, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen has already refuted the 49ers' supposed interest in acquiring Revis. Whether or not the Falcons are truly a realistic landing spot is unknown, but what are some other options for the Jets? CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora thinks the Detroit Lions should be viewed as a possible suitor for Revis.

I just can't see it. NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that the Jets are after a first-round pick and a conditional pick next year to make a deal for Revis happen. The Lions do not have the firepower to pull something like that off, and I can't imagine they would give away the No. 5 pick for a player coming off of a torn ACL.

The other complicating factor is Revis' contract. He wants a new one, and the Lions are already dealing with a limited amount of cap space because of the contracts Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh have. As La Canfora mentioned, Stafford would have to get a new deal for the Lions to even fit Revis' cap hit this year, and down the road it just doesn't seem like there's room for yet another monster deal.

It's nice to think about the Lions adding Revis to their defense for sure, but between the asking price, the injury, the potential contract drama and the cap problems, I just can't see it happening.

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