Dirty Birds becoming the new favourites in the bidding war to acquire the elite cornerback.
When the Atlanta Falcons cut three high-price veterans in Michael Turner, John Abraham and Dunta Robinson, many thought that the reasoning behind it was to re-sign their current free agents.
However, a report on NFL.com suggests that they could use this cap space to land Darrelle Revis in a trade.
The Atlanta Falcons already have an impressive starting duo of cornerbacks in Brent Grimes and Asante Samuel. If you were to put Darrelle Revis into that group, it would be close to impossible to actually complete a pass against them.
There are some stumbling blocks in the speculated move though.
Firstly, the 27 year old would not be cheap.
If the Falcons are serious about signing Revis, then the comeback of Tony Gonzalez would be far less likely. In addition, if Brent Grimes is out of contract, then unless they let him walk and reload with Revis, it will be hard to imagine how they will be able to afford both on their roster .
The other issue is what the franchise will have to give up as part of the trade. Three draft picks at a minimum, with at least one being a first round pick, and there could also be a player thrown into the mix – perhaps offensive tackle Will Svitek to sweeten the deal.
The Falcons are in a position where they must push hard to reach their ambitions. A lot of their players are in their prime, so they realistically only have two or three years with this roster to land the Superbowl. They must therefore pull out all the stops to make it happen as quickly as possible.
While the team have bigger problems to address than their pass defence, adding Revis may be enough to leave their run defence weakness untouched.
After all, teams don’t get the chance to sign a player like him very often.