Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sorting Out The Revis Madness

Adam Schefter reports Philadelphia, along with New England, is a team to watch once Tampa Bay releases CB Darrelle Revis. ESPN's Adam Caplan and Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane agreed with that notion. Rotoworld's Evan Silva predicts Darrelle Revis will be a Philadelphia Eagle.

These rumors are exciting, but it's important to note that all of this seems to be speculation rather than information from inside sources. Caplan, however, did report Howie called New York last season to gauge the asking price for a Darrelle Revis trade. Although, I'm not sure how serious talks got.

I don't think Philadelphia will be seriously interested in bringing Revis Island to Philadelphia.
First off, if the Eagles were truly interested in Revis, would they want that information to leak out? Sure, somebody could have spilled the beans, but Philadelphia is notoriously good at keeping their cards close to the vest. Most of their moves seem to come out of left field, i.e. Nnamdi signing, Chip Kelly hiring after he decided to stay at Oregon, and the list goes on.

Second, Revis will be 29 by season's start. With Sam Shields getting 4 years $39 million, it's likely Revis will command at least $11M or more per year. Which is a scary number to hand out to a player who's in the decline of his career.

Cary Williams carries a $6.4M cap number for 2014, cutting him would result in dead money totaling over $3.3M. Not sure Roseman would pull that trigger. Plus, I mentioned earlier, Williams, Fletcher and Boykin are a solid trio. Depth is needed, no doubt. But with an improved pass rush and safety play, this unit can be effective.

Lastly, the Eagles just have other holes to fill: safety, DL depth, pass-rush help, CB depth, KR and kicker competition. Devoting a large number of cap space to one CB doesn't seam feasible with other holes on defense.

This is purely my opinion, and come 4pm ET I could be sitting here with egg on my face. But there seem to be smarter options out there for improving the team.

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