If the Jets choose to shop him, I have a feeling Denver football operations czar John Elway will try hard to convince owner Pat Bowlen that Revis would be the missing piece to a championship team. The Broncos are $14.2 million under the cap this morning, but that doesn't include the estimated $10 million they'd need to budget for free agent tackle Ryan Clady, who's a must-keep. That could be lower, of course, with a long-term deal for Clady. And they could save money by reworking Peyton Manning's $20 million cap number this year.
Andy Reid could be tempted with $17 million of cap room in Kansas City, and GM Trent Baalke in San Francisco could be a player too; the Niners will have significant money available when -- I presume -- they dump Alex Smith before April 1. And there are other teams that might be willing to give a first-round pick plus other value (maybe a third-rounder and a journeyman cornerback as well) for Revis. But remember, the compensation isn't just two picks and a player, or whatever ... it's also wrecking your cap in a flat-cap era for Revis, instead of the significantly more manageable money the fixed-cost high-draft choices now provide.
Pat Bowlen has done a blockbuster trade for a cornerback before (Champ Bailey) and knows that value that a player of that caliber represents, so that Denver might be a team in the mix is not surprising.
Kansas City is one that I would not necessarily have considered, but I wonder if Reid wouldn't feel a little snakebitten by the Nnamdi contract that the Eagles paid out a few years ago. Reid is going to want to do his best to turn things around quickly and Brandon Flowers would be a phenomenal player with which to pair Revis. The Niners might be interested, but I don't think that coming off a Super Bowl berth they are going to feel like there are needs of this mangitude that they have to make. Of course it could be a "win" for both teams if they feel like they are each benefitting from whatever pieces might be traded. I'm just not much of a fan of Alex Smith, whether by trade or free agency.