The Philadelphia Eagles are about to have a major shakeup in their secondary. The Eagles appear set to let both Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie leave, two years after they were supposed to make Philadelphia a “Dream Team.” As such, acquiring another mega hyped cornerback in Darrelle Revis might not sound so promising.
Nevertheless, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane wrote on March 10 that the Eagles should do “whatever it takes” to trade for Revis. The New York Jets may or may not be shopping around their superstar cornerback, depending on the latest gossip. Nevertheless, Revis might be a hotter target than anyone who goes into free agency on March 12.
If Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie are being let go, it would seem that the Eagles need Revis more than anyone in the NFL. Philadelphia got virtually nothing out of their mega-hyped corners for two seasons, yet their absence would leave the Eagles with a depleted secondary anyway.
However, Revis could be just as likely to let the Eagles down as Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie did, particularly since he suffered a torn ACL six months ago. Despite the risks, McLane still argued that getting Revis is “a no-brainer,” especially since the Eagles have the draft picks and salary cap space to make a deal possible.
In fact, McLane cited a rumor that general manager Howie Roseman is “crunching the numbers” to present an offer to the Jets. New York would want high draft picks and Revis would want a big new contract from Philadelphia. Given his history of holdouts and contract disputes with the Jets, Revis will not be the easiest player to negotiate with.
Regardless, McLane argues that when it comes to cornerbacks, there “was Revis and there was everyone else” in his prime two years ago. It still might be the case even now, although the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman has vocally staked his claim to Revis’s throne.
Since Revis is so valuable, the Jets may either still keep him or ask for too much for him. According to Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole on March 10, New York hasn’t even let Revis’s agents talk to other teams and hasn’t talked to his side for weeks.
Yet Cole argues that if the Jets want to trade Revis, they must do it “sooner than later” while other teams -- like the Eagles -- have the cap space and time to land him.