Can I interest you in some Darrelle Revis?
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the teams "believed to be interested" in Revis, who is preparing to play for the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this weekend. This comes according to a report from Pro Football Talk, who writes that the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are among the others believed to be interested in Revis ... if he becomes a free agent. Which he isn't (yet).
We should add a caveat to this: Every team is interested in Revis, who is one of the best cornerbacks in football. He just happens to be very pricey so that diminishes the market for his services.
Clearly, Revis would be very, very expensive. He has one year left on his contract at $20 million, which the Patriots will pay, extend or cut him loose. But he's also damn good. The salary cap would be an obvious problem for the Chiefs. They are tight up against the cap but can create quite a bit of space by making some admittedly tough decisions on veterans such as Chase Daniel, Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery (OK, maybe some not as tough).
It may not put them in an ideal situation but the Chiefs could create enough cap space to be a player for Revis. The question is whether that would be the best move for the team. I question that it is.
Consider the Chiefs pass defense last season. The Chiefs benched their starter (Marcus Cooper), went to a backup who wasn't even on the roster Week 1 (Jamell Fleming) and also saw a rookie (Phillip Gaines) play significant snaps. And you know what? They were a pretty good secondary. With as much as the Chiefs have invested in their pass rush and how much they will invest there in the future -- I'm operating under the assumption the Chiefs still want to give Justin Houston a huge contract -- it's hard to get on board with moving that many resources to a player in the secondary. The elite pass rush should make it so you don't need an elite secondary. At least that's the way I look at the makeup of the team.
The Revis connection includes Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who was a Jets assistant coach through Revis' entire tenure in New York. I'm sure Sutton wouldn't mind adding a player like Revis to the secondary. I just don't like what that would mean for the rest of the team.