SI has started looking at the free agent buzz, though free agents can’t sign for around 2 weeks. One interesting possibility for the Cleveland Browns is that Darrelle Revis could be available on the trade market
Several teams have contacted the Buccaneers about CB Darrelle Revis, and many believe he “could be dealt by the start of the league year,” says Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports first reported the Revis talks. “Revis [who counts $16M against the cap in 2014] got no guaranteed money,” says La Canfora, “so he could be traded or released without cap or cash ramifications (no cap acceleration) and thus Tampa could conceivably get assets in return for him, and then use his cap and cash savings to address several other positions.”
The Browns have a ton of cap space, a defensive minded coach in Mike Pettine who coached Revis, a lock down corner in Joe Haden (who they need to extend) and a need at the other side of the defensive backfield. The Browns also have extra picks in the 3rd and 4th rounds that could be spent in the trade. Revis would cost against the Browns cap but could be restructured to lessen the impact but for him to not lose money. For the Bucs having Revis tie up so much of their cap while they look to rebuild seems not prudent while gaining an extra 3rd or 4th in a ever deep draft would be greatly helpful. For the Browns they lock down their secondary, assuming/hoping Haden gets extended, and can focus even further spending on the offensive side of the ball. It may mean the off-season spending spree is only Revis, an extended Haden and resigning both Alex Mack and TJ Ward plus a few smaller moves but they still have draft picks galore.
What do you think about Revis? Is he worth the price tag? Worth a draft pick? Would he change the whole defense coming in? Or would he negatively impact the Haden negotiations? Is that too much money locked in on CBs?