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Offseason Lunacy: Packers Will Trade For Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

The New York Jets have reportedly put cornerback Darrelle Revis on the trading block. Yes, that Darrelle Revis. Best shutdown corner in the game Darrelle Revis. Of course, the Green Bay Packers will trade for him.

At least, one journo suggests they’ve expressed interest in doing so.

And that’s why we’re calling this offseason lunacy.

First of all, we know it’s not technically the offseason. There’s one more game, but it’s a game we don’t give two shits about being played by two teams we give even fewer shits about. So it’s the offseason for us because there are no more meaningful football games, i.e. ones that involve the Green Bay Packers.

Second, anyone who knows anything about how tightly Ted Thompson‘s asshole clenches at the suggestion of trading for or signing a big-ticket player, well, that’s why we’re calling this lunacy.

Nonetheless, we’d be remiss if we didn’t pass on this report from Mike Freeman.

Sources say one of the teams highly interested is the New England Patriots, but not even the Jets, who have made some screwy decisions over the years, would trade Revis to the division-rival Patriots and, in the process, hand them a Super Bowl.

Other teams highly interested, I’m told, are Denver, San Francisco, Buffalo (not happening — division rival), and even Seattle, which already has some of the best defensive backs in the game. One team also constantly mentioned by league sources is Green Bay, though the Packers, possessors of one of the best front offices in all of sports, usually don’t give up high-round picks.

Yeah, the Jets reportedly want a first and a second for Revis, which the Packers certainly aren’t giving up (and no one else is either).

In reality, Revis can probably be had for a package of players and/or draft picks. However, he’s coming off knee surgery and is in line for a big contract extension. The Packers have plenty of their own guys to extend, which makes this even more of a pipe dream.

Let’s indulge the fantasy for a moment, though.

One would think the Packers might be able to land Revis for, say, a package of Tramon Williams, a second and third-round pick. Where did that idea come from?

Well, the last blockbuster trade in the NFL was for quarterback Kevin Kolb. The Cardinals landed Kolb for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick.

Both packages include a former Pro Bowl defensive back and a high draft pick. The Packers add the third-rounder because their picks are at the bottom of each round (whereas the Cardinals’ were at the top).

You might argue that Revis is 10 times the player that Kolb is, but remember, Kolb was considered a potential franchise quarterback at the time of his trade. That’s much more valuable than a franchise cornerback.

In the process of making this hypothetical trade, the Packers shed the nearly $13 million in salary Tramon is due to make over the next two seasons.

Meanwhile, the Jets get a ready-made replacement for Revis. And let’s face it, they could do a lot worse than a Williams/Antonio Cromartie cornerback tandem.

The Packers, of course, would have to feel they have enough young and returning talent in-house to give up the two draft picks.

For Ted Thompson, it would be the equivalent of Ron Wolf signing Reggie White.

A signature move.

We’ll now be leaving fantasyland and returning to reality. Please make sure all your carry-on items are stowed in the overhead bin or beneath your seat, your chairs are in the upright position and your seatbelt is securely fastened.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Abe Frohman January 25, 2013

    Darelle Revis is to his contract as Brent Farve is to retirement. Namely – it will come up every year and we’ll be sick of hearing about it.

    Let’s see how he comes back from acl surgery before we assign any value to him. He might be worthless.

  2. Iltarion January 25, 2013

    Revis is no fricking Reggie White and the Packers won’t trade for him. Next question.

  3. therealChuckywasCecil January 25, 2013

    Don’t need that circus coming to town.

  4. GBslacker January 25, 2013

    (1) Mike Freeman: that toothy fuck…
    (2) If someone is so valuable as to command a no. 1 and a no. 2 pick — why would they get rid of him?
    (3) Since when would anyone want anything to do with anything “Jets?”

  5. GBslacker January 25, 2013

    (I’ll post here… for lack of a better place)

    Just finished Pete’s article at GBPG — and for what seems like the millionth time this year, he talked about how GB could not solve the two-deep-safety business.

    It seemed like every damn game, every day afterwards — you heard it: two, deep safeties. Why was this NEVER solved? McCarthy saw it game in, game out. I can’t say I’m some big Capers fan, but did McCarthy’s lack of adjustment lead to an exhausted defense?

    For all the self-scout, soul-searching, a-to-z evaluation BS that McCarthy babbles, I wonder when it will bear fruit.

  6. E. Wolf January 25, 2013

    Not going to happen. THat’s not the Polar Bear’s Modus Operandi.

  7. PackAttack January 26, 2013

    I love this post. Albeit unrealistic, I think it’s great to hear “what if” scenarios. If there’s any issue in the NFL I have with stuff like this it’s that there aren’t enough trades. No one on here can say it wouldn’t have been in TT best interest to trade for a RB at the trade deadline. “What if” TT traded for a RB at the deadline (doesn’t matter who) and let’s say GB ends up winning the #1 seed, the BYE and home field advantage — might be a different story of who’s playing the SP next week. Just sayin.

    I like these posts and once we get into more off-season stuff I’d like to see what would happen with TT “potentially” signing big time FA like Jake Long or a RB — who cares if they aren’t realistic now, it’s better hearing about Jeff Saturday’s fucking retirement party.

  8. Savage57 January 26, 2013

    Didn’t TT have his “Reggie” moment when he signed Charles Woodson? I kind of like that approach as opposed to mortgaging the farm for a headcase prima donna.

  9. Richard January 26, 2013

    Seattle would make more sense, only because they are already looking to throw Matt Flynn into a trade. Too bad this scenario couldn’t have played out a year ago.

    1. Phatgzus January 26, 2013

      Seattle has 2 very good CBs, I doubt they want to spend 20 mil/yr for another one.

  10. claymaker52 January 26, 2013

    The jets can’t keep revis because they are in salary cap hell right now. They can’t afford to pay him, thats why they are shopping him.

    In my opinion, for Green Bay to get him, he would need to step down from his “top paid player in the league” scheme. Which is unlikely, but Revis is holding teams hostage and limiting potential teams he could go to.

    I could see sending Tramon and a 3rd or maybe even 2nd for Revis and thats only if he would sign for 10-12 million. I know asomugha commanded 12 million a year, but after that signing I think teams will be hesitant to give more than that to player. Its just too risky.

  11. Vijay January 26, 2013

    We need to solve other issues besides corner. Remember, outside of Charles (who could be playing his last season next year) we still don’t have a qualified replacement/ leader in the back end. I would think a move for FA Jairus Byrd would make more sense if you’re talking need…leadership, ball hawk, solid veteran presence. If we made a move anywhere with the DBs, I’d want it to be there. Could you imagine a Woodson, Byrd safety combo? Wood would be our SS because he excels at the line of scrimmage in run support and can still help in coverage duties, plus you have a sideline to sideline play maker/ leader in Byrd to cover up any deficiencies.

    Look, bottom line is that I still think it’s best to add more meat to our D Line and O Line and increase competition there. We need the best rotation we can find on our D Line and O Line and yes, that means tough cuts will be made next season as we sift through building a stronger team. I also agree with those that state we need a REAL threat at the RB position or at least get more smash mouth blockers on one side of the line of scrimmage so that we’re scheme versatile. We should be able to play perimeter offense against one opponent and smash mouth against another, but we need better personnel to do the latter obviously.

    Again, good affordable FA options exist where we don’t have to trade or give up anything (draft picks).

    Ricky Jean-Francois http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12443/ricky-jean-francois

    Henry Melton

    Randy Starks

    The smart play? I think the Packers will somehow find a way to give the Dolphins priority with negotiating with Greg Jennings to fill one of their needs and they will intern do the same for us with one of our needs. Starks will be a Packer. After March 12th (when FA opens)

    1. GBslacker January 26, 2013

      Why don’t we bring back Willie Wood?

      His bones might be stronger…
      He might run faster…
      He might be cheaper…

  12. mxz600 January 26, 2013

    lol..Comical article….Recap…Give up a 1st round pick and more and Tramon Williams? The prospect of sending off Tramon Williams makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside…lol….Now, We have a shut down corner, looking to be paid in excess of 16 mill a year, with huge upfront money, with agents no one wants to work with, plus give up high draft picks, for a guy coming off ACL surgery…..Yea…That sounds like TT’s style….While Rodgers is making 8 mill/year. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..We’ll now be leaving fantasyland and returning to reality. Please make sure all your carry-on items are stowed in the overhead bin or beneath your seat, your chairs are in the upright position and your seatbelt is securely fastened.

  13. Packer Bob January 26, 2013

    In 2006 Ted Thompson signed Woodson to a 7-year contract worth up to $50M. Thompson will make a splash in free agency if he believes it’s the right move. It’s not as fantastic as you might think.

  14. icebowl January 26, 2013

    Good ones GBslacker and Mr. Wolf…
    Totally concur
    You guys are killing me…

  15. MadCity Packer Fan January 27, 2013

    No! Let him blend in on some shitty team that will pay him but not know how to make him successful. It’s going to happen.

  16. stephen February 23, 2013