NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport mentions the Cleveland Browns as a “team to watch” in a trade for highly productive (and highly dramatic) cornerback Darrelle Revis.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
Initial reports were that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were asking for two first-round picks in exchange for Revis, which is a knee-slapper considering that they also will release him in the event that a trade is not consummated. The Tampa Bay local media believes the Bucs would simply take a mid- to late-round pick for Revis and his $16 million contract. The Browns, coincidentally, hold two third-rounders and two fourth-rounders in the 2014 NFL Draft and have $50 million in cap space. Rapoport also adds that if a trade were to go down, Revis would be asked to renegotiate from his current contract.
Revis was, to little surprise, ProFootballFocus’ top-ranked cornerback in 2013, drawing excellent marks in pass coverage as well as run support. He was thrown at just 63 times (allowing just 54 percent of those to be caught) last season as quarterbacks continue to avoid The Island at all costs. He gave up just 400 yards all season, 76 of which was on one play.
You’ll have to excuse me while I go daydream about Revis playing opposite of Joe Haden in Mike Pettine’s man-cover defensive scheme.
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