|Would the Denver Broncos like for Darrelle Revis to switch to their colors? (US Presswire)|
But as Eye on Football's Will Brinson has previously pointed out, Revis can't be franchised, the Jets are currently some $20 million over the salary cap, and Revis, even coming off an ACL injury, is going to want to be paid like a quarterback when his contract voids after 2013.
All of which leads to the reasonable conclusion that Revis could be playing elsewhere next season.
And Sports Illustrated's Peter King thinks the Broncos could be a likely landing spot.
"If the Jets choose to shop him, I have a feeling Denver football operations czar John Elway will try hard to convince owner Pat Bowlen that Revis would be the missing piece to a championship team," King wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback column. "The Broncos are $14.2 million under the cap this morning, but that doesn't include the estimated $10 million they'd need to budget for free agent tackle Ryan Clady, who's a must-keep. That could be lower, of course, with a long-term deal for Clady. And they could save money by reworking Peyton Manning's $20 million cap number this year."
For the Broncos, that would be a ton of money tied up in two players. More important: would acquiring Revis be that "missing piece"? Because based on Football Outsiders' efficiency ratings, Denver's defense ranked fifth in the league in 2012 (fifth against the pass, fourth against the run).
Yes, the lasting memory of a lost season will be of safety Rahim Moore helplessly out of position on the game-tying touchdown against the Ravens in the AFC Divisional matchup. Often overlooked from that day, however, is just how bad Manning played. Marginally improving an already top-five defense by adding Revis won't magically fix an out-of-sync offense. Then again, you could argue had Champ Bailey and Revis been on the field for that fateful play that ended with Jacoby Jones in the end zone, the Broncos might be in New Orleans this week.