According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the Denver Broncos, and New England Patriots could be trying to add star cornerback Darrell Revis to their defensive units.
The speculation has centered most prominently on the Patriots and Broncos. Both teams have aging franchise quarterbacks who have managed to contend but not conquer in recent years. Both teams are running out of chances to finish the job.
For New England, paying Revis a $1.5 million roster bonus, a $1.5 million workout bonus, and a $13 million base salary could be a much more desirable alternative than giving a big-money, multi-year deal to Aqib Talib. Thanks to Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots would be taking a huge risk by making a big investment in another player with a history of off-field trouble. With the market for Talib believed to be more robust this year than last, the Pats likely won’t be able to pull off another one-year, $5 million can-kicking contract.
As Florio mentions, adding Revis would be cheaper than re-signing Aqib Talib, and as great as Talib is, Revis is better. Having a guy that can completely shut down half of the field instantly makes you a top contender (as if the Pats aren’t already), and it would definitely make Tom Brady’s road to a fourth championship easier.