The New York Jets want to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis. Most of the Jets' staff, I should say. Head coach Rex Ryan obviously does not. I've been running this blog since 2006, and I've never seen an instance of a big name player coming onto the trade or free agent market that Rams fans haven't wondered about. Let me disspel this one.
First of all, I certainly understand the thinking from both factions inside the Jets. The front office sees a cornerback one season away from free agency and due for a big payday. And the team needs the draft picks and cap space more, especially with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie playing like a shutdown corner last season. On the other hand, Ryan is already on the hot seat, and two stud corners are better than one.
Also, the Jets are a mess.
So what about the Rams with an extra first-round pick to play with? Forget it. In case you missed the last season, the Rams have a pretty good group of corners. Rookie Janoris Jenkins is a candidate for the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. Cortland Finnegan is entering the second year of a $50 million free agent deal with the team. Trumaine Johnson came on strong late in the season as the team's third cornerback.
Oh, then there's the cap space, something the Rams don't have much of this year, roughly $10 million right now. Revis would command a hefty deal, more than what Finnegan got. The Rams don't seem likely to spend big on a free agent, and if they did, it would make more sense to do it at another spot on the roster.
There's no doubt that the Rams still need to add depth in the secondary. Bradley Fletcher is a free agent and likely to leave. Finding a fourth corner for the depth chart will be an important step this offseason.
I love armchair general managering as much as the next guy, but this is as far as we need to go down the Revis rabbit hole.