Philadelphia Eagles interested in Darrelle Revis? They should be.
The Philadelphia Eagles may or may not release Nnamdi Asomugha, but we do know that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is slated to hit free agency and the Eagles are almost certainly going to let the free agent bust go. The team has reportedly shown interest in free agent CBs like Sean Smith of the Miami Dolphins, and they need to sign at least one CB in order to shore up their secondary this offseason. However, they might get their upgrade not by signing a free agent corner, but rather by trading for a CB.
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The New York Jets will likely end up dealing Darrelle Revis, because they are reluctant to give one of their best players the lucrative extension he desires. I certainly don’t blame them, because Revis is going to come at a very high price for a team under the most economic duress of any franchise. The Jets might also have lingering concerns related to the ACL tear he suffered last season, and that may make them more reluctant to give such a deal to Revis.
From Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer , “There’s already a rumor brewing in certain NFL circles that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has been crunching the numbers and putting together an offer to bring the 27-year-old Revis to Philadelphia.”
I highly recommend reading that piece from McLane above, because he gives an excellent argument in favor of the Eagles making a trade to acquire Revis. The Eagles need an upgrade at corner, all they have are two free agent busts who will probably leave, and this deal makes sense from a financial standpoint since the team can afford to give him an extension. It is a risk, but it’s actually less risky than giving a bloated deal to a guy like Sean Smith.
The Eagles will likely have to package their 35th pick with something else in order to pry Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets, and I am sure the Jets would be willing to send Revis to Philadelphia if the price is right. The Jets aren’t simply going to give him away, but the pressure to deal him as increased thanks in part to Revis’s camp. They will do whatever it takes to help their own franchise in this state, and thus the Jets would be interested in dealing Revis to the Eagles if Howie Roseman feels it is worth the risk. Like McLane, I agree with him.
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Those rumors may or may not be right, but I am willing to bet the Eagles are at least exploring the option.