Only once in a blue moon does the best player at his respective position become available on the trading block, injury or not. That time is now with New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, and according to Jeff McLane, general manager Howie Roseman is interested in acquiring the four-time Pro Bowler.
Coming off of a season where he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and only played in two games, the Jets are looking to move Revis and his $12 million salary thanks to the emergence of Antonio Cromartie as a premier corner in the league. Once he comes to Philadelphia, he’ll be looking for a new deal in the $12-14 million range which is payable once the Eagles shed the contract of busted cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
It is likely that the Eagles will need to give up two picks and a solid young player to acquire Revis, maybe RB Bryce Brown or QB Nick Foles. If they give up the No. 4 overall pick, they’ll lose their chance to draft guys like Shariff Floyd, Dion Jordan, Eric Fisher and Dee Milliner, all guys who could be superstars in the future.
But Revis is a superstar right now, and the best cornerback in the NFL (regardless of what Richard Sherman says). I’m not saying I’m a huge fan of the deal, but it’s out there, and I’m happy Roseman is at least considering the deal.
You might be thinking, didn’t we just go after the “best” cornerback in the league two years ago, Asomugha, and watch that experiment crumble right in front of our eyes? Yes, but that’s different. Asomugha was considered to be one of a couple very good corners, but not as good as Revis even at that time. Also, Revis is the most versatile, consistent corner in the league.
He can line up in the slot, he can play press, he can play in the zone, and he can line up on either side of the field. He’s a star in any scheme, and he along with a good free agent safety (Dashon Goldson or Grover Quin) would fix the Eagles secondary problems immediately.
Whether he is worth two early picks (probably 1st and 3rd-rounders) and a young, developing player is up for Roseman to decide.