It sounds like the Denver Broncos are looking for another monumental offseason in their search for a third Super Bowl.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the senior NFL writer “gets the sense” Vice President of Football Operations John Elway will try to convince Broncos owner Pat Bowlen to land all-star cornerback Darrelle Revis.
He added that the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl contending San Francisco 49ers could also be possible destinations for Revis, but that it’s all speculation at this point.
Revis signed a four-year $46 million dollar deal with the Jets in September of 2010, but neither side is happy at this point. The sixth-year shut-down cornerback – with 19 interceptions and three forced fumbles in his career – injured his knee this season and is due $6 million next year before becoming a free agent following the 2013 season. New York is looking to trade him before he simply is allowed to walk next offseason.
Multiple reports are saying the Jets want two high draft picks – as in two first rounds or a first and a second round pick with money – but is it realistic for Denver to give that much up?
In his two years running the Broncos, Elway’s shown little willingness to trade draft picks unless it means getting more picks in return.
Plus, Revis is coming off a major knee injury, and is looking for $16 million per year on his next deal. The Broncos have the cap space, but will they fork out that much dough for a top-three corner?
Of course, when he sees something he wants, Elway goes and gets it; in football and in life.
When he saw Peyton Manning on the free agent market, Elway was quick to go after him, landing the biggest free agent in the history of the game. The upgrade took the Broncos from a decent team to legitimate Super Bowl contenders in less than one year.
Adding Revis could be almost as big a boost on the defensive side, as he could take on opposing No. 1 receivers, moving Champ Bailey to play against the No. 2s – that would be a scary duo for opponents to face.
But, don’t forget about the emergence of second-year men Chris Harris and Tony Carter, who each stepped up and played at high levels throughout the 2012 season in the Mile High City.
It also can’t be forgotten that Denver dealt Tim Tebow to the Jets last offseason, meaning the two teams have worked together on a trade recently.
Where the rumors go from here is up in the thin air, but it sounds like the Broncos are interested in adding Revis.
Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. You can follow Rich on twitter or facebook for all your Denver Broncos news and opinion.