This offseason, the Oakland Raiders are serious about upgrading their roster. They have the most cap space in the NFL to work with, and appear to be legitimate players for many of the top names on the open market.
Oh, and they apparently are trying to work out a deal to acquire veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders are “strong players in Darrelle Revis sweepstakes.”
While it seems like a questionable move on the surface, it makes too much sense coming from the Raiders. Not only did they field a subpar secondary in 2013, but they’re losing three of their top four cornerbacks (Mike Jenkins, Tracy Porter, Phillip Adams) to free agency this offseason. Adding Revis to the mix would give them a legitimate shutdown cover man who can help bring along D.J. Hayden, the Raiders’ 2013 first-round pick.
The big problem is inheriting Revis’ hefty contract, which would count $16 million against the cap in 2014. Although the Raiders have plenty of space to work with (approximately $61 million heading into free agency), it’s difficult to imagine them using so much of it on one player when they have so many other holes to fill.
However, if they can get him for the right price – maybe a mid-round pick – it’s going to be a hard deal for GM Reggie McKenzie to pass up. His defense is about to lose its top talent to free agency, and is lacking star power. Revis would alleviate that issue and give the Raiders’ secondary one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
Plus, what Raiders fan wouldn’t love having a top-tier talent like Revis on the roster? If anything, it’s a PR win for McKenzie and Co.
As long as he can stay healthy and maybe take a pay cut, Revis seems like an outstanding trade target for the Raiders. The Cleveland Browns are also in the mix, so we’ll see whether one concedes or if this becomes a bidding war.