No, The Steelers Will Not Trade For Darrelle Revis

By now you have probably read the report by Jason La Canfora of that states the New York Jets are looking to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis, who missed almost all of last season after suffering a torn ACL. If you are one of the people that think that the Pittsburgh Steelers will trade for Revis, you need to have your head checked.

Revis is set to earn a $3 million base salary in 2013 and is also scheduled to earn another $3 million in roster and workout bonuses in addition to that. That would make is 2013 cap hit $6 million. In case you have been hiding underneath a rock, and judging by a few crazy emails that I have received since that report surfaced many of you have been, the Steelers are already going to have a challenge to get cap compliant by the middle of March.

While Revis would likely be fine with playing back in his hometown for that amount in 2013 to prove that he has recovered from his injury, he most certainly would want another long-term deal in 2014, which most likely would be his final big cash grab of his career.

Many fans are still under the perception that the salary cap will increase significantly in 2014 because of the new television deal money kicking in, but in reality it is looking like it will remain flat again in 2014, according to John Clayton of, who projects a $121-plus million range as the 2014 cap number.

Don\’t forget that you still have to give up something to get Revis in addition. The Steelers can\’t afford to give up an early round draft pick this year, and giving up future year draft picks is just something that they don\’t make a habit of doing either.

Yes, Revis is a fantastic player that likely has a few more solid years left him, but the only way that he returns to Pittsburgh would be to visit with his family and take in a Panther game.

  • dgh57

    I remember the Jets trading in front of the Steelers to draft him thinking Steelers may draft him! I was kinda hoping we would draft him but things worked out ok with Timmons!

  • I’d still take Revis over Timmons.

  • If we took Revis our MLB position could be horrible right now, don’t be stupid. Ike Taylor is efficient enough to go against teams #1 WRs..

  • zyzak

    He’s hurt all the time

  • steeltown

    No way, Timmons took a while to come out of his shell, but he is one of the most dominant and athletic ILB’s in the League not to mention he’s played in every game since entering the League, except 2games on ’09

  • steeltown

    People are crazy to even be thinking the Steelers would pick him up.. three things to consider:

    1. cap space, we’re going to have to restructure a few players (again) and release a few just to get to where we need to be regarding cap compliant, signing our own FA’s and getting our upcoming draft picks under contract

    2. the Steelers have had one of the TOP passing Defenses in the League the last few years (without Revis’ services)

    3. If Keenan Lewis is re-signed, that makes 3 very talented players at the position, (Ike Taylor, Keenan Lewis and the emerging Cortez Allen) the problem last year was all three got injured at the same time

    I’m sorry, but if Lewis is re-signed they wont even need to draft CB this year

  • RW

    Wait, the salary cap in 2014 is going to remain at 121 million? Given the impending TV deal, how is this not the most ridiculous part of this article?

  • steeltown

    It has been speculated for some time that the 2014 increase will not be significant and in fact be a gradual increase over the course of the coming years. I myself believe this. There is one figure of around $5 or $6 million each year over the eight years of the new contract, which means after 2021 the increase will be significant ($40-45million) but it wont seem that way because of the years it takes to get there.

    One thing that people are not discussing (atleast us fans anyway) is that the NFL Players Association, players and agents are already factoring in the growth in 2014 and beyond. So, in turn, with more revenue on the horizon the owners and players could already be heading toward another labor strife in the coming years

  • Bob Loblaw

    All the time? Before this year he had only missed three games.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Thank god. Talk about “Me first” players.

  • Nolrog

    It’s hard to say. It’s not so much pull Timmons out and put Revis in. This would have changed the entire draft strategy for years. We likely wouldn’t have picked the corners (Lewis, Brown) for example, so maybe tht would have been LBs instead.

  • I have to disagree with you about not drafting a corner this year. If Curtis Brown didn’t look so awful then I’d agree with you, but someone needs to push him and Josh Victorian for the 4th corner spot even if it’s a 6th-7th round pick.

  • Nolrog

    There won’t be labor strife. They have a 10 year contract, through the 2021 season. The players agreed on how the money would be split up. I don’t see major problems there.

  • steeltown

    I see where you’re coming from, but dont forget we also have Van Dyke.. Lake seems to have a knack for getting the best out of people. I think between C.Brown and Van Dyke we have our 4th and 5th CB’s… Victorian not so much

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Revis is a star player with a value contract because he’s already received most of the money on his current contract. He could be signed to an extension that reduced this year’s cap hit if acquired.

    I would give two #2’s for him but probably not a first rounder. Now that the draft salaries are slotted, those first round picks are too valuable. I’m guessing the Jets want more than a first rounder for him. Its all moot anyway because the Steelers won’t even think about trading for him, It’s just not what they do.

  • Garrett Hunt

    Hell yeah. His jersey is the first one I bought because he is a boss.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Oh boy, Van Dyke & Curtis Brown solves backup CB? Haheh, sorry Steel but thats funny. Those 2 combined right now I wuld count as a zero.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    First 3 years in NFL Timmons lacked enuff insticts, & then when Timmons got that big contract at that time did not live up to being a 1st round pick. Vs Revis had way more instincts & impact that entire time.

    Timmons really came on last season. The last 2seasons good but cannot forget the handful of years prior when did not hav instincts of a 1st rd pick. If say it took him long to learn LeBeau’ system, ok but prior LBs here at-least were terrors on STs their 1st few years in NFL.

  • steeltown

    C.Brown has hardly seen the field, he didnt get the in-game experience that C.Allen got these last two yrs, albiet because C.Allen passed him on the depth chart, but C.Brown basically led the Team in tackles on special teams two yrs in a row…. and Van Dyke hasnt seen the field at all on Defense, so theres no way to gauge how good he could be in our system.

    I understand the concern over their performance up until this point, but it has been a small sample size. I still think they could be the 4th and 5th on the depth chart. Dont forget they are both originally 3rd Rd picks, so the athletic ability is there, they just need to learn the game and defensive system….. hopefully Lake can do that {fingers crossed}

    Maybe I’m a dreamer… but I’m not the only one

  • Revis is a likely HOFer, Timmons is not. You don’t pass on that.

  • You have to excuse him, he doesn’t let facts get in the way of his impressions,

  • As Nolrog said, it is not a swap situation.

  • steeltown

    Timmons is just as likely to go to the Hall as Revis, he’s only 26yrs old not even in his prime yet and has plenty of years ahead of him

  • No, he isn’t. Timmons had a really strong year this year, but he has been up and down the rest of his career. Not so with Revis who has consistently been a top 5 player at his position for the majority of his career, if not all of it. Yes, they both have a lot of time left, and all of that could change, but right now, based on their bodies of work, you can’t say Timmons is just as likely.

  • Saying a player “hasn’t seen the field” as justification for why we don’t know what they have is a slippery argument. It may well be true, but it could also be true that there is a reason they haven’t seen the field on defense.

    Sylvester is a perfect example of that. He had what, one snap this season on D? Was it because Foote and Timmons were so healthy, because he couldn’t earn the PT, or because Tomlin/Lebeau did a poor job of integrating him to see what he has?

  • PGH4I2

    Revis 4 wallace straight up

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I understand its optimism. I too hope VanDyke & CurtisB develop. Just sayin theres nothing there yet with those 2 that I wuld count on though for anything. And I think thats why any 6th-7th round CB if drafted by Steelers, is going to love their odds of making this team. Not as a starter, just for our 4th CB.

  • steeltown

    True.. with Sly I think its alittle of all those things. Foote and Timmons played nearly every snap in every game, but also Sly yet again was having injury issues this past year, he missed the entire preseason and the start of the season and if you remember when he did return he was ‘put on notice’ for being flagged multiple times on special teams, oddly enough so was Van Dyke…..with C.Brown its a numbers game, we had three solid guys ahead of him, in Ike, Lewis and Allen

  • Nolrog

    It’s still far to early in either one’s career to put them in or keep them out of the HoF. It’s possible that the knee injury affects Revis so much, he’s barely average for the rest of his career. Maybe it doesn’t and he’s still great. It’s also possible that 2012 will be Timmons’ worst yer for the rest of his career. Too soon to tell.