The general consensus at this point is that the New York Jets are going to try and trade cornerback Darrelle Revis sooner rather than later. There was some speculation that they might wait until just before the 2013 NFL Draft or perhaps even training camp, but the Jets seem to want to move Revis now.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been mentioned most often as a possible landing spot for Revis since free agency opened on Tuesday, but they aren't the only team. Several others reportedly have interest in Revis, including the Detroit Lions. Believe it or not, but Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole says the Lions are actually one of the teams in the mix to trade for Revis.
Can confirm Tampa Bay is possible landing spot for Revis. SF, ATL, DET also in mix. Miami would love to get him, but Jets won't allow that.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) March 12, 2013
To me, the Lions are simply a team with a need at cornerback rather than one of the true suitors for Revis. For reasons discussed previously, it just doesn't seem like a realistic possibility. Not only would the Lions have to give up some important draft picks to pull off a trade, but they would also have to somehow create enough cap room this year and in the future to get him a long-term deal.
More than anything, this seems like the Dashon Goldson report from a couple days ago. The Lions were mentioned alongside the Buccaneers as one of the favorites for Goldson, even though he is likely out of their price range. In that case, it came off like an agent was using the Lions to drive up Goldson's price, and in this case, it seems like the Jets are doing the same to drive up the price of a trade for Revis. I just can't see the Lions being a realistic option in a trade for him.