The two teams that @AdamSchefter pinpoints to keep an eye on for CB Darrelle Revis: the Eagles and Patriots.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 11, 2014
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are simply not willing to pay Revis’ exorbitant $16 million non-guaranteed salary in 2014, even if he is the best cover corner in the NFL. A trade is highly unlikely because no team, not even the wild-spending Washington Redskins, is willing and able to put a $16 million non-quarterback on their books. If the Bucs are unable to trade him in the next 24 hours, he will be released.
Last offseason, the Eagles went bargain hunting to replace Nnamdi Asomugha — one of the worst free agent signings in franchise history — in order to rebuild a secondary that finished dead last in pass defense efficiency in 2012. The team ultimately signed Cary Williams to a three-year, $17 million contract. Williams was clearly outmatched by No. 1 NFL wide receivers in his first year with the Eagles, and the team continued to struggle against opposing quarterbacks, ranking 24th against the pass. With average athleticism, Williams simply could not handle a featured role in Philadelphia’s defensive scheme.
Without a true shutdown corner on the roster, Howie Roseman‘s No. 1 priority this offseason should be signing Darrelle Revis, who could be the piece that puts the team over the top. Indeed, pairing Revis with the top slot corner Brandon Boykin would likely thrust the Eagles’ pass defense into the top half of the league and make the Eagles a favorite to represent the NFC in next year’s Super Bowl.