Seems like you can’t log on to Twitter or Facebook or watch a single program on ESPN or NFL Network without hearing constant speculation and debate over the future of Darrelle Revis, right? Yeah. And free agency hasn’t even started yet.
Welp, since all the cool kids are doing it, I guess that means it’s time to talk about Darrelle Revis. Let’s begin.
Rumors and Sources and Stuff: The 49ers and the Falcons have been rumored to be in the market for the corner for weeks now, though those rumors have since died down.
There was also some speculation earlier this morning that perhaps the Denver Broncos had interest in trading for Revis, but that has been also disputed by both Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post and ESPN’s Ed Werder.
But one other team has emerged as a possible destination: The Philadelphia Eagles.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, General Manager Howie Roseman is preparing to make a deal to acquire Revis. The Eagles not only have the draft picks and the cap space to acquire Revis, they also have a need at cornerback (Asomugha was recently released and Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent). Several sources have questioned the validity of the reports, but for now, the Eagles have emerged as the primary suitors.
I still wouldn’t rule of the Tampa Bay Bucs as a possible landing spot. Though there have not been any reports to suggest the Bucs are interested or pursuing the corner, they do have a need at the position and the cap space (more than $30 million!).
Revis and His Camp Are Pissed, Woody Johnson is Evil(Apparently):
In addition to a variety of rumored landing spots, there have also been a plethora of reports suggesting Revis’ camp is frustrated with the Jets and wants a resolution sooner rather than later, likely because they fear that with so many free agent corners flooding the market – and Revis still rehabbing from the ACL – the market will quickly dry up and Revis won’t get the pay day he is seeking.
For what it’s worth, according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, Darrelle Revis apparently doesn’t want to be traded and apparently, a lack of “cooperation” with Revis’ representation is what’s keeping Revis’ team from speaking with teams. Cole alleges that the Jets won’t be able to make progress on any potential trade for Revis until they authorize interested teams to talk to his agents about a new contract. (Otherwise, the Jets will only be able to move Revis with a conditional pick type-deal that would be dependent on contract signed with any new team).
Reading between the lines – which I often do and then people get mad at me for doing , so lemme just go ahead and tell you to save it, as I in no way pretend to pass this off as fact – it just seems like this is a very contentious situation. Johnson and the Jets don’t want to give Revis away, because they recognize his immense talent and vlaue, but they are also tired of dealing with him and his representation. And frankly, it’s hard to look at things from this perspective and disagree.
They (the Jets) could also be stalling on a deal – or deliberately blocking Revis’ team from speaking with suitors until closer to the start of season when they can then convince him to sign a new, more friendly, deal.
Or, that Yahoo! story could have planted by Revis’ camp to make the Jets look bad.
The bottom line on all the Revis news is that at the end of the day, all of these stories are speculative and nothing is really happening. The Jets are quietly fielding offers from teams and Revis’ camp has not spoken with the Jets, or another team, for that matter.
BTW, Dennis Agapito from Jet Nation wrote a tremendous post breaking down what’s currently going on with Revis financials and how that would impact any potential trade partner.
- The Jets have targeted Cowboys outside linebacker Victor Butler. Butler would be an inexpensive option at a position vacated by Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas (Thomas is not expected to be re-signed).
- The Jets re-signed LB Josh Mauga to a 1-year deal.
- Reports indicate that the team hopes to re-sign defensive tackle Mile DeVito.
- The Jets also hope to re-sign LaRon Landry, but it seems likely Landry will end up testing the market and will command much more than the Jets can pay him given their cap constraints.
- According to Evan Silva, RB Shonn Greene has not generated much buzz in free agency.