Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Eagles are one of the teams that have checked in with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about Darrelle Revis.
Who has called the #Bucs about Darrelle Revis? Who hasn’t? Some of them: #Patriots, #Falcons, #Eagles, #Giants. But would any trade for him?
I’ll answer that question! Unless the Buccaneers drastically lower the two-first round pick asking price that they were reportedly ‘laughed at’ (Twitter Link) for even suggesting in trade talks, then no one will trade for him.
Assuming there isn’t a trade by four o’clock eastern today, Revis will be released by the Bucs, as they look to avoid having to send the Jets a third-round pick instead of a fourth-rounder, and paying Revis a $1.5 million roster bonus.
I think it is fair to believe that the Eagles will be one of the first teams to talk to Revis’ agent Neil Schwartz, but it seems unlikely to me that they ultimately pull the trigger on signing Revis. The four teams listed by Rapoport are teams that are perennial contenders, largely because of their fiscal responsibility, but they are only four of the teams interested. If they are the only four teams that call on Revis (hypothetically) then maybe his annual price stays around $12 or $13 million for four to six seasons. But as other teams enter the Revis sweepstakes, it’s hard to envision a scenario where the bidding doesn’t go up to $15 or $16 million a year, in which case, I’d be shocked if the Eagles didn’t just back out.
If there was any defensive player that I would even consider giving $12 or $13 million to, even though it could ultimately prevent a long-term extension with Mychal Kendricks or Fletcher Cox, it would be Revis. When he is healthy, which he appeared to be late last season, he takes away half the field, and gives the defensive line more time to get to the quarterback, forcing more opponents to allow more sacks and turn the ball over more. For $16 million annually though, that is without discussing how much money would be guaranteed, I’ll pass.
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