Now, the Eagles have officially backed out from the Revis sweepstakes. As reported yesterday, the Jets are in talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are the favorite to acquire Revis.
There is also a mystery team that is in talks with the Jets. Their identity is not known at this present time, but that team is definitely not the Eagles.
The Eagles management is leery of spending money on a long-term deal after the failed Nnamdi Asomugha experiment. After two lackluster years in Philadelphia, Asomugha was officially released by the team yesterday.
In addition, the Eagles made a quite splash by signing Bradley Fletcher away from the St. Louis Rams. Fletcher is a cheaper option, and is only making $5.25 million over the next two years.
Revis would have broken the bank again for the Eagles after giving Asomugha the biggest deal for a corner in NFL history in 2011. And Fletcher’s deal is more reasonable.
Revis signed a four-year, $46 million deal in September 2010 after holding out of training camp. According to his deal, he is expected to make $3 million dollars this upcoming season. But is expected to make an additional $1 million in workout bonuses, roster bonuses, and a reporting bonus.
Yet, that contract is not good enough for Revis, as he is requesting another new deal. He hopes to be the highest paid corner back with his new deal that he hopes to sign with his new deal.
His current deal has voidable contracts through the 2014-16 seasons, so that is why he is requesting a new deal. He wants the long-term stability that all NFL players want.
Revis only played in three games last year. His season ended on September 23rd against the Buffalo Bills.
In those three games, he had 11 tackles, with those tackles coming in the first and third game. He did not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 2. He also had an interception in the first game.
He also forced a fumble and recovered that same fumble.