AFC West: Darrelle Revis
While it could be a holdout, I think the situation is fluid and the demands are just part of the process. I could see Albert lowering his price to get a deal done before or during this week’s draft. A potential trade would very likely involve one of Miami’s two second-round picks, so the deal will be made by Friday night if it happens.
In other AFC West news:
- According to Todd McShay and Mel Kiper , the first round of the draft doesn’t change much for the AFC West because of the Darrelle Revis trade from the Jets to the Buccaneers.
- Washington is visiting with San Diego cornerback Quentin Jammer. The Chargers have mild interest in bringing Jammer back.
- Former Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested for the third time in the past year and a half in his Alabama hometown. McClain was recently cut by the Raiders and signed by Baltimore. He was the No. 8 overall draft pick in 2010.
- Here is an ESPN video with former Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell. He is trying to come back after being cut by the Raiders three years ago.
- It seems Denver pass-rusher Von Miller is looking forward to the Chiefs drafting his former Texas A&M teammate Luke Joeckel.
- Denver safety Rahim Moore seems to have a good handle on things as he prepares bounce back from a colossal playoff gaffe.
With the weekend brought finality to the long Revis process, Albert’s potential trade from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins is still in the works.
The Chiefs and Dolphins have been talking about a trade involving the left tackle for several weeks. Last week, the Chiefs granted the Dolphins permission to talk to Albert about a contract. Those talks remain ongoing.
While both sides are interested in getting a deal done, I think it’s about 50-50 that a deal actually gets done. I wouldn’t be surprised if the talks extend until Friday when the second round of the draft occurs. The Dolphins have two second-round picks, No. 42 and No. 54. The Dolphins would like to trade the second of the two picks.
The Chiefs would rather have the No. 42 pick. But I wouldn’t be surprised that, in the end, the Chiefs take the No. 54 pick because they want to get back into the second round after dealing the No. 34 pick to San Francisco for Alex Smith last month.
This story is ongoing and will be monitored as the week goes on.
This year, there is a new-school and old-school competition.
In the new-school vote, there are some tough assignments for some AFC West players.
San Diego’s Antonio Gates is a No. 16 seed. He goes against top seed Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco. Oakland’s Carson Palmer is a No. 15 seed and he is facing No. 2 seed, NFL MVP Adrian Peterson. Denver’s Von Miller is a No. 6 seed, but he faces the popular Victor Cruz of the Giants, a No. 11 seed. Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles is a No. 6 seed and he is facing Darrelle Revis of the Jets, a No. 11 seed.
In the old-school vote, this one will upset some folks. Marcus Allen is representing the Chiefs and not the Raiders. The Hall of Fame running back played 11 years for the Raiders and five years for the Chiefs. He is a No. 6 seed and faces No. 11 Tedy Bruschi of the Patriots.
Oakland's Tim Brown is a No. 6 seed and he faces Chad Johnson of the Bengals. Denver’s Terrell Davis is a No. 10 seed and faces Buffalo’s Jim Kelly, a No. 7 seed. San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson is a No. 10 seed and he faces Randall Cunningham of the Eagles.
Cap Status: The Broncos are in decent position to make some additions. They do have to account for $9.7 million for the franchise tag of left tackle Ryan Clady. Denver will also get more cap room if it cuts defensive end Elvis Dumervil. He is due $12 million this season and the team is trying to pare down his contract. Linebacker D.J. Williams also is expected to be cut.
Strategy: I expect the Broncos to be fairly busy in free agency. There has been some speculation Denver could be big players in free agency and get a high-profile player such as New England receiver Wes Welker. The team reportedly has interest in trading for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. But Denver has a lot of wants, so it may be reluctant to spend too much in one place. Denver may look to add at defensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback, safety, the offensive line, receiver and running back. So there is a chance we'll see a lot of midlevel-type players. Among the players already connected to Denver are Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall and Colts pass-rusher Dwight Freeney, if Dumervil is cut.
Cap Status: The Chiefs have done a lot of spending already. They still have some room and will get more with the expected cut of quarterback Matt Cassel.
Strategy: No NFL team has been busier than the Chiefs thus far. The new regime found a way to keep three key free agents: receiver Dwayne Bowe, punter Dustin Colquitt and left tackle Branden Albert. But the Chiefs also kept defensive end Tyson Jackson with a much more manageable contract, traded for quarterback Alex Smith and signed cornerback Dunta Robinson. The team is also reportedly close to keeping defensive end Glenn Dorsey. So the new brass is clearly interested in keeping the core of this team while adding at key positions such as quarterback and cornerback. I expect the Chiefs to strike a couple of more times on the open market. But there is no doubt the heavy lifting has already been done.
Cap Status: The Raiders have about $8 million in cap room. More can come with the expected cut of defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey could also be cut if they don't take pay reductions in the coming days.
Strategy: The Raiders are in a tough spot. They have massive holes throughout the roster. They don't have a ton of cap room, but they also have an impatient owner in Mark Davis. He wants to see the team improve. But the Raiders have been in salary-cap jail for years. There is light at the end of the tunnel for next year. But Oakland has to be smart. McKenzie restructured the deal of safety Tyvon Branch (that McKenzie did last year) just to get some immediate relief. But there is now dead money in future years. Oakland cannot repeat its vicious cycle. But it does have to get some things done now. The good news for Oakland is that this is a deep free-agent class and not a lot of teams are going to spend much. There could be some decent bargains out there. I expect Oakland to pick up a few solid players. Cornerback is certainly a strong position that Oakland will try to improve at.
Cap Status: The Chargers should have about $17 million to spend after the expected cut of defensive tackle Antonio Garay.
Strategy: The Chargers will be interesting to watch. This is a new brass, and thus far, it's been awfully quiet. But things should change once the open market starts. Truth be told, San Diego has to get a lot of work done. It has major holes on the offensive line and at cornerback. Between those two areas, the team may need to add up to five players. But the needs don't stop there. The Chargers also can use a safety, an inside linebacker, a running back and a receiver. Telesco has a strong reputation for being a talent evaluator. We will quickly get a look at how he can add pieces to his new team.
However, the Denver Post has strongly debunked the notion of the Broncos making a run at Revis.
We have often discussed the idea of Revis. If the Broncos were to show interest, I could see why.
The team believes it has a Super Bowl window with Peyton Manning in the next couple of years. Getting a defensive stalwart such as Revis would improve the team. The Broncos are also looking for cornerbacks, so why not consider the best player available?
Still, Revis would be expensive and the Broncos have some other needs that could cause the team to be leery of a Revis pursuit. This is not the first time Revis has been connected to Denver. As the trade talk heats up, it will be interesting to see if the talk continues.
Update: The Broncos reportedly have interest in Pittsburgh free agent Rashard Mendenhall. He’d be part of the rotation in Denver if signed. Mendenhall, 25, has two 1,000-plus yard rushing seasons in his career.
The Denver Post reports the Broncos and the agent for defensive end Elvis Dumervil have not talked since Friday. The team wants Dumervil to take a pay cut, while Dumervil is more interested in restructuring without a pay cut. If an agreement is not made in the coming days, Dumervil will likely be cut or traded. If so, Dumervil will be popular on the open market and Denver will be shopping for a pass-rusher.
Welcome to Eight in the Box, an NFL Nation feature that will appear each Friday during the offseason. This week's topic: Who should be the primary target (including trades) for each team when free agency begins?
Denver Broncos: Glover Quin, S, Texans: Sure, I could see the Broncos making a big splash at a high-profile position like receiver in the form of someone like Mike Wallace or Wes Welker. I wanted to focus on a position that may not get as much thought in Denver, but where the team is interested in getting better. The Broncos are interested in adding to the secondary. A player like Quin would be a great fit. The team likes Rahim Moore (despite his playoff gaffe against the Ravens) and they have high hopes for Quinton Carter. But Quin can come in and help these guys and provide an upgrade from Mike Adams. Getting a tough player in the back of a strong defense would only help Denver.
Kansas City Chiefs: Sean Smith, CB, Dolphins: The Chiefs are an interesting team. Despite being 2-14 in 2012, they don’t have a ton of screaming needs. Getting a quality cornerback to team with Brandon Flowers may be just the thing this defense needs. The Chiefs tried it with Stanford Routt last season (to replace top dollar Dallas free-agent signee Brandon Carr), but it didn’t work. Yes, the Chiefs could use the No. 1 pick on Alabama's Dee Milliner and I still think a trade for Darrelle Revis would be worth exploring. But adding a tall, athletic corner like Smith could be the ticket as well. He won’t be cheap, but he has skills and a Smith-Flowers pairing would be interesting.
Oakland Raiders: Cary Williams, CB, Ravens: The Raiders won't have a ton to spend and they have a lot of positions that need help. But I’m going with a cornerback, because I think it is the team’s greatest need. Really, name a legitimate starting in-house candidate in Oakland that is not an emergency option. Williams may be too sought-after for Oakland to afford. But he is a solid starter who has been through the wars. If the price is right, he’d fill a big need for Oakland. A more affordable option will be former Denver cornerback Tracy Porter. I think Oakland -- coach Dennis Allen was Porter’s position coach in New Orleans -- will be interested, but if Williams fell to Oakland, I think it would be worth considering.
San Diego Chargers: Andy Levitre, G, Bills: Levitre is one of the best guards in the league. He will be sought after in free agency. But if the price is not through the roof, I think the Chargers will be a player for his services. The Chargers’ primary task this offseason is to improve the offensive line. Levitre would be a great start. Levitre, who is from California, likely would be interested in signing and reuniting with former Buffalo offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris, who was just hired by the Chargers. He has a zone-blocking scheme. San Diego coach Mike McCoy said the Chargers will run the scheme that best fits the players, and I'm sure D’Alessandris would like to reunite with Levitre to help introduce his system. The Chargers’ best offensive lineman, guard Louis Vasquez, is also free. In the best-case scenario, San Diego would be able to keep both players, but it’s difficult to put top resources into two guards, especially with the team needing a left tackle. But because Levitre has experience in D’Alessandris’ system, I could see him being a more valued target than Vasquez.
The Chiefs secured their three biggest free agents as they begin the Andy Reid and John Dorsey era. Let’s look at some key aspects of the day.
New regime sends message: Monday’s commitment to three players from a team that finished 2-14 last season showed the locker room that the new brass believes in this group. There is talent on this roster and Bowe, Albert and Colquitt are key players that can help this team win. All three would have been heavily sought after on the open market.
Reid and Dorsey knew it was important to keep all three and these moves showed the players that it is a new day in Kansas City.
Fresh start for Bowe: No player in Kansas City was more positively affected by the Pioli firing and Reid hiring. If Pioli was kept, I doubt Bowe would have wanted to re-sign. But Reid, who has been said to be a fan of Bowe since his LSU days, gives him a fresh start. His summer holdout last year seems like a million years ago now.
Reid will make Bowe a focal point of a pass-first offense. With 2011 first-round pick Jon Baldwin still an unknown, the Chiefs need Bowe. Now it will be up to Bowe to show he is worth the investment. He still has some problems with drops and there is some worry he may get comfortable now that he has been awarded a long-term contract. But I think he will be refreshed by playing for Reid. After all, Bowe could have shunned the deal with the Chiefs and tested the open market.
Welcome gifts for Alex Smith: Before securing their three in-house priorities, the Chiefs addressed their biggest need by trading for former San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith last week.
Smith is expected to help the Chiefs because he protects the ball and is efficient. His new job was made easier Monday with the news that Bowe will be his top target and Albert will protect his blindside.
How Albert's tag affects the draft: There was speculation the Chiefs would let Albert walk in and draft Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M with the No. 1 pick. Now it’s time to scratch another position off the Chiefs’ wish list. Forget the idea of moving Albert to right tackle. He’s a left tackle. I guess Joeckel could be drafted to play right, but Eric Winston is a fine pro and teams don’t use the No. 1 overall pick on a player to move him to a new spot.
The guessing game continues for the Chiefs. Perhaps Kansas City will consider Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the top pick. If Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei's heart condition proves to be minor, he could be in the mix. I think the Chiefs would love to trade out of the pick and do even more now that left tackle has been secured. I still think a run at Darrelle Revis would be a worthwhile use of the top pick. Adding Revis to what the Chiefs have already accomplished this offseason would be impressive.
What’s next: Expect the Chiefs to cut quarterback Matt Cassel and likely defensive end Tyson Jackson (unless he takes a massive pay cut). The Chiefs need to create some cap room after these moves Monday. The rest of the team’s unrestricted free-agent class is underwhelming and there are no must-re-signs.
With Smith, Bowe, Albert and Colquitt secured, the heavy lifting is over. Now it’s time to see if the Chiefs add anything in free agency and what they can do with the top pick. Once the disastrous 2012 season was over, I think the Chiefs have to be thrilled with the decision to hire Reid in early January to Monday’s news.
Thursday, longtime draft guru Gil Brandt tweeted he thought they are five players worthy of being the No. 1 pick by the Chiefs -- left tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, pass-rushers Barkevious Mingo and Bjoern Werner and cornerback Dee Milliner.
That got me thinking. Out of that group, Milliner may be the most interesting choice for Kansas City. Yes, in our latest AFC West mock draft, I tabbed Joeckel for the Chiefs at No. 1. But that’s because I think that’s where the team would lean.
But I would re-sign free agent Branden Albert, and the Chiefs are set at the pass-rusher position. That leaves Milliner.
I think a combination of standout Brandon Flowers and Milliner could be a great fit. This is a passing division and the Chiefs would be well prepared. Also combining a cornerback tandem of Flowers and Milliner would be both help and benefit from the Chiefs’ strong pass-rushers.
Defense starts with pass-rushers and coverage, and the Chiefs would be in terrific shape. That’s one of the reasons why I suggested a Darrelle Revis trade involving the No. 1 pick.
I realize Milliner -- who ran a blazing 4.37 at the combine -- may not be worthy of the top pick, but you can say that about any of the top prospects.
The Chiefs need to get creative and need to get immediate value. So, taking Milliner could be something the team may consider in a year without any clear-cut answers for the No. 1 pick.
It’s not even March and the Chiefs have addressed both areas. In January, they replaced the overmatched Romeo Crennel with highly-decorated Andy Reid. The Matt Cassel era is now over and the Chiefs have replaced him with Alex Smith, who was will be acquired in a trade that was agreed upon Wednesday.
With those positions covered, what else do the Chiefs have to do this offseason? Plenty.
They have three key free agents in Dwayne Bowe, left tackle Branden Albert and Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt. The Chiefs want to re-sign all three players. One of the three will likely be given the franchise tag. I think Bowe is the top priority. Smith needs weapons and the Chiefs’ receiving crew outside of Bowe is unproven.
Of course, the Chiefs also have the first pick in the draft. I think they’d like to trade it because the top talent doesn’t fit their needs. But finding a trade partner may not be easy.
If Albert is allowed to walk, the team will likely pursue Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel with the top pick. If that is the case, the money intended for Albert must be earmarked to help in another area. I suggested trading for Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis and I stand by it. The Chiefs needs to get creative to get over the hump now that their two biggest needs have been addressed.
Thus, I think the team may have to start getting creative about the pick and it could mean taking a run at prized cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The Chiefs’ situation got more complicated with the news that Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei has a heart condition and he is undergoing tests. He couldn’t work out at the combine because of the matter. Unless Lotulelei gets firm medical conformation that he is at no risk because of the heart issue, there is little chance he will be taken at the top of the draft.
Doug Murray/Icon SMIWould the Chiefs trade the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft to acquire star Jets CB Darrelle Revis?
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith ran well at the combine and received mixed reviews for his performances in the passing drills. He still may be a long shot at No. 1.
Thus, signs point to Kansas City taking Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel at No.1. But that isn’t clear cut, either. The Chiefs like free-agent left tackle Branden Albert and remain interested in re-signing him. I wouldn’t get too excited about the possibility of drafting Joeckel and moving Albert to guard. Albert wants to stay at left tackle and he knows someone will pay him the premium to play it.
Simply letting Albert walk and drafting Joeckel would not be taking advantage of having the top pick and it wouldn’t necessarily make the Chiefs better.
They must get better by using the pick wisely. I have an idea how that could happen: go get Revis. The Jets are reportedly willing to trade the All-Pro cornerback.
I could see a scenario where the Chiefs could use the No. 1 pick as bait and get Revis, who played for new Kansas City defensive coordinator Bob Sutton in New York, and the No. 9 pick in return. There may have to be some additions on either side, but I’m not sure the Jets could get a better offer.
The Chiefs could then pair Revis with Brandon Flowers and have one of the best cornerback situations in the NFL.
Yes, Revis is coming off a torn ACL. But all reports are that he is making great progress and he is in the prime of his career. And, yes, Revis would likely require a new deal, but I think he Chiefs could find a way to keep receiver Dwayne Bowe and add Revis. That would likely mean letting Albert walk in free agency.
But with the No. 9 pick, the Chiefs could likely get Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher and very likely get Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson. Both are highly skilled left tackles.
In addition, reports are heavy that the Chiefs are going after San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith.
So, this is what the team’s offseason scorecard could look like:
In: Bowe, Alex Smith, Revis and a top rookie left tackle rookie.
Out: Albert and the No. 1 pick.
Looks OK to me and if somehow Albert could be kept, the Chiefs could use the No. 9 pick on Geno Smith or a top prospect at another position.
I know there are lots of hoops to go through for this scenario to unfold and I am not na´ve enough to think it can occur easily. But it’s plausible through some brainstorming.
That’s exactly the point of the Chiefs’ situation. They have to get creative because there are too many questions right now about them having the No. 1 pick. They might have to get creative to make it a positive situation.
That, of course, makes total sense because the Chiefs are now coached by Andy Reid. Yes, the guy who drafted Foles in the third round last year who made Foles his starting quarterback last season.
If the Eagles are open to trading Foles at a reasonable price, I can totally see this fit.
In other AFC West news:
- Denver left tackle Ryan Clady sounds like he understands the business of the Broncos’ plans to give him the franchise tag. Clady also made it clear his price tag is not going down. My thoughts? To be expected. It’s all a part of the process.
- New San Diego coach Mike McCoy talks up quarterback Philip Rivers in a radio interview.
- UPDATE: As the Darrelle Revis trade talks continue to grow, ESPN analyst Jerry Rice said on SportsCenter he thinks Denver is the best fit for Revis. This is what I wrote about possible Revis and AFC West connections when the trade talk story broke.
Watching confetti fall on the jubilant Baltimore Ravens after their Super Bowl victory Feb. 3 had to further damage the Broncos’ collective psyche -- part of a haunting winter theme of “it could have been us.”
The Broncos saw their Super Bowl push end in a 38-35 double-overtime defeat to the visiting Ravens in the AFC divisional round. Denver was 13-3 in the regular season, had the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs and entered the playoffs on an 11-game winning streak in which it won every game by at least a touchdown. Its early exit from the postseason was stunning -- and particularly painful for the Broncos because they know it was so avoidable.
Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesFilling a few holes, including at receiver, could give Peyton Manning and Denver a better end in 2014.
Instead, the Broncos will try to regroup and move forward. Despite the sobering end of the season and its painful aftereffects, the Broncos should feel good about themselves heading into the 2013 season as NFL Comeback Player of the Year winner and MVP runner-up Peyton Manning prepares for his second season in Denver at age 37.
“There’s a lot of young players in this locker room that need to use this as motivation, as a spark to have that fire burning inside of them this offseason and come back stronger,” veteran middle linebacker Keith Brooking said shortly after the season. “This is a great locker room. The Denver Broncos are really close.”
The Broncos are not alone in building high expectations for the immediate future. The Las Vegas oddsmakers have made the Broncos the early favorite to win next year’s Super Bowl. In an Insider piece, ESPN.com pegged them as a strong early contender for next season .
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. had this to say about the Broncos heading into next season: “I think their roster is exceptional.”
Still, it would be inaccurate to say this is the perfect roster. The Broncos, two years removed from a 4-12 season, need to upgrade at certain spots. With the No. 28 pick in the draft and expected room under the salary cap, Denver should be able to improve. Let’s take a look at some areas the Broncos should look at as they aim for a long Super Bowl run next season:
Running back: The Broncos have the making of a decent stable of running backs but could use another pair of legs. I think Denver needs to find a bigger back to help in short-yardage situations. Jacob Hester did a nice job at the end of the season, but Denver might want to find a better back. Again, with Willis McGahee, a revived Knowshon Moreno and young Ronnie Hillman, there is a lot to like in the immediate future. But another talented runner wouldn’t hurt.
Receiver: Brandon Stokley did a nice job at age 36 as the slot receiver, but I could see Denver looking for a younger, more special option. There will be some interesting options available, including Wes Welker in free agency and perhaps Percy Harvin in a trade. Denver could even try to go big and add a player such as Mike Wallace. If Denver’s brass decides it can afford to make a big splash, this could be an area where Manning can take advantage. The truth is that the future is now in Denver. Manning has only so many years left, so Denver could be intrigued by striking big at this spot.
Defensive tackle: Denver’s defense made huge strides in 2012 under first-year defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. Veteran defensive tackles Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannan were good in their roles. But both are free agents, and Denver might want to get younger. There could be some solid options in the first round at this position, such as Purdue’s Kawann Short and Georgia’s Johnathan Jenkins. Denver should find a good, young run-stuffer to plug in the middle of an explosive defense.
Middle linebacker: Brooking played well last season, but he was 37 and Denver needs to find a better starting option, whether via free agency in the form of someone like Baltimore’s Dannell Ellerbe or in the draft if Notre Dame’s Manti Te'o, Georgia’s Alec Ogletree or LSU’s Kevin Minter is available. Denver has a lot of young pieces on defense. Adding another one at this position wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
Secondary: The last time we saw the Broncos, it wasn’t a great day for Denver’s secondary. In addition to Moore’s last-second gaffe, surefire Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey was torched. But Bailey, who will turn 35 in June, had a good season and the Broncos will keep him for another year with young, promising Chris Harris and Tony Carter. As at receiver, though, Denver could be tempted to go big and try to get into the Darrelle Revis trade talks if the Jets make a move. I also could see Denver looking to upgrade at safety. Moore, a second-round pick in 2011, made strides in 2012, and the team likely will not give up on him because of the one bad play. But adding another safety might be smart.
Denver: Will it land a big fish? Last year, the Broncos were the story of the offseason when they signed Peyton Manning. Denver is now a Super Bowl threat and Manning, who will turn 37 next month, has a limited window. Will Denver, which has more than $18 million in salary-cap space, try to get a top free agent in addition to securing left tackle Ryan Clady, whether via an extension or by giving him the franchise tag? Perhaps Denver will sign a big-name receiver or pursue a trade for cornerback Darrelle Revis. Is it likely? I wouldn’t say so, but a year ago today, did you think Manning would be a Bronco?
Kansas City: Where will the Chiefs find their quarterback? Right now, it’s the biggest storyline in the division. The Chiefs have options: pursue a veteran in free agency or via trade, or take a signal-caller in the draft, either with the No. 1 pick overall pick or after trading down. Right now, I’d lean toward the Chiefs trying to make it work with a veteran without taking too much of a risk. The best bets could be San Francisco’s Alex Smith or Seattle’s Matt Flynn. But this story is fluid.
Oakland: How can it get better? The Raiders have a lot of work to do. They aren’t in a terrible salary-cap mess like last year, but the situation isn’t great, either. They may have to cut players like defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and even quarterback Carson Palmer. And Oakland has key free agents -- including tight end Brandon Myers, linebacker Philip Wheeler and punter Shane Lechler -- it may hope to re-sign. Plus, Oakland has many holes. This team has to deal with a lot of moving parts while trying to improve a roster than is arguably one of the worst in the NFL.
San Diego: Can it improve the offense? The Chargers made some strong leadership hires, but the offense needs retooling, particularly the offensive line. Philip Rivers is 31 and he needs help. The new brass needs to find way to get better offensively quickly or the unit will continue to struggle.
McNutty from In the Greenhouse: No way Rahim Moore returns as the starter in Denver, right?
Bill Williamson: (Moore being the starter) is the plan. Yes, Moore goes down in history or that gaffe, but he had a good season. Denver has to help he can get over that play. It worked for Kyle Williams in San Francisco, and Denver hopes Moore can get over it and resume a promising career as well.
JJ from Indy: With Brandon Carr leaving and the Stanford Routt experiment failing miserably, does it make sense for the Chiefs to talk to the Jets about Revis? Any guesses on asking price for an elite corner on a 1 year deal with a bum knee?
BW: Any team that trades for Revis will likely give him a new deal. I think KC could be on the list for Revis. It doesn't have a ton of needs and grabbing player like Revis would instantly make this a terrific defense. Remember, the Chiefs' new defensive coordinator is Bob Sutton, who has been with Revis his entire NFL career, including being his coordinator in Revis' first two seasons. Sutton would likely over to start his KC career with Revis.
Preston from Nanjing, China: With the apparent switch on offensive line philosophy do you see (Mike) Brisiel's job in jeopardy in Oakland? Are there any power scheme OL available in FA?
BW: There's no doubt Brisiel is more of a zone-blocking guy. He could be kept because Oakland has so many other needs, but he is a much better fit for the old scheme.
James from San Diego: Are the Chargers looking to bring back Danario Alexander and Micheal Spurlock ?
BW: Alexander will be a restricted FA and Spurlock is an UFA, With Bisaccia on likely on his way to Dallas, Spurlock could end up there. Spurlock and Bisaccia are tight and that's the reason why he came to San Diego in the first place.
Revis, 27, is considered one of the best defensive players in the NFL. He suffered a serious knee injury last season, but is expected to return healthy.
Revis would likely be expensive in both compensation and in the terms of a contract. His contract is pricey and voids after two seasons. Any team that wants to acquire him would likely need to give him a new deal. Even with the obstacles, I think Revis will be highly sought-after. A case could be made for all four AFC West teams having interest in him.
Let’s take a look at how he’d fit with each team in the division:
Denver: The Broncos have more than $18 million in cap room, the most in the division -- and they could use Revis. Champ Bailey still has a couple of years left, but he will be 35 when next season starts and is coming off a rough game in the playoff loss to Baltimore. Denver has Chris Harris and Tony Carter, but adding a piece like Revis would be huge. He could be worth the Broncos' No. 28 pick in the draft.
Kansas City: The Chiefs don’t have a ton of pressing needs other than quarterback, so that's where they must look first. But adding Revis to Brandon Flowers and a strong defense would be pretty tempting. I could see the Chiefs giving up the No. 34 pick in the draft, for starters. Is their No. 1 overall pick worth dealing for Revis? Maybe in some type of package deal that gets the Chiefs a little more than Revis, sure.
Oakland: Cornerback is Oakland’s greatest need. Revis would fit great, but the Raiders are not in strong salary-cap shape and don’t have a lot to offer in a trade. Plus, they have a lot of other needs. Revis would be a terrific addition, but there are a lot of obstacles here.
San Diego: San Diego’s two starting cornerbacks, Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason, are free agents. This is a need area -- but only one of many such trouble spots. Unless they get creative in both trade compensation and in a new contract for Revis, this might be a tad difficult to maneuver.