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Browns are “team to watch” in trade for Darrelle Revis

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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.

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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  • RGB

    Intriguing…at the right price. (ie. Cheap!)
    But, yeah, definitely a daydream worth nodding off to…

  • Hopwin

    There is literally no chance of this. Joe Haden is up for negotiation and when he looks across the field and sees $16M per year lining up across from him there is no way he settles for less than $9M per year and we aren’t putting $25M into two corners.

  • mgbode

    Browns FO to TB – hmmm, okay, we’ll consider it if you’ll let us talk to him and his agent about a restructure.

    Browns FO to agent/Revis – come talk to us first when they cut you.

    ————————–

    Seriously, I doubt we are going to be paying $16mil per year for a CB. Let TB cut him and we’ll likely be one of the most desired locations that has cap room for him (hello, best 4 years of his career under Pettine).

    If this somehow does happen though, then I would feel much better about Whitner, Gipson, and a rookie holding down the S spot if Haden and Revis are taking care of the corners.

  • MrCleaveland

    Have we not learned that head cases and drama queens are not worth it? Too much pouting, to much ego, and not enough consistent production.

  • RGB

    He only pouts when he doesn’t play. Every play.

  • leo

    probably be hard to get that to happen….better off with a whitner haden gipson secondary and grab another up and coming corner if shrine isn’t the answer

  • saggy

    Can teams take on any of the cap hit for a player? otherwise, there is no way this happens. Tampa has ZERO leverage for a trade. In fact, it would probably have to take on $5million in salary and then just give him away.

    I’d love to see Revis in Cleveland, but at $8-10million. Guy still has a ton of good football left to play. Mr. Cleav: He was pouting because he played for Tampa Bay. He never really wanted to leave the Jets, so he mailed it in.

    FWIW, if i had to choose, I’d rather have him than Byrd.

  • saggy

    I just want to add: If there is a legitimate chance that you can get the best player in the league at that position, you must at least consider what it would take – and you have to understand it’s going to cost money.

    I think this would be a good play for obvious reasons, but also because of the complete intimidation factor to opposing QBs. I can imagine a QB seeing Cleveland on the schedule and thinking, “how the heck am I gonna be able to throw against these guys?” and then having to alter the game plan a bit.

    It would be a big win for the Browns to get this guy.

  • mgbode

    ego and some pouting are definitely things you will get with Revis. but, you also get really consistent production. he is not one to take plays off.

    it was called Revis Island when he was playing for Pettine for a reason.

  • mgbode

    mailed it in

    uh, he was the best CB in football last year. not really mailing it in there 🙂

  • BenRM

    National Media: Browns have needs and cap space….EVERY FREE AGENT IS A PERFECT FIT!!!!!!!! (forgetting that they are old, bad, or incredibly overpaid)

  • Jason Hurley

    Imagine how good he would have been if he didn’t mail it in.

  • mgbode

    old, bad, or incredibly overpaid

    that is why they will fit in with the past 15 years of our history. remember when Jake Delhomme hit the trifecta? good times.

  • Toddyus

    Quick (and sincere, because I’m blanking right now) FA question: Who was the last mid- to high-profile free agency acquisition that worked well for the Browns? Joe Jurevicius?

  • nj0

    I was thinking the same thing.

    Who they interested in?
    EVERYONE.

  • mgbode

    JoeJ was too short tenured. I would say Eric Steinbach.

  • Toddyus

    Ah yes, Steinbach. Ok, I’d agree with that. That’s going back a ways, though.

  • Seed

    This is a cruel joke by God on Cleveland. We’ll land Revis, Dansby, Whitner, Byrd, Sanders, Tate and Shaub and still lose 12 games because half of them will get hurt or Mike Pettine will turn out to be an absolute moron.

  • BenRM

    Touche

  • BenRM

    Krueger was the gem of a poor FA class. To say otherwise is likely revisionist history.

  • mgbode

    but, he was asking which one worked out well. so far, Kruger hasn’t worked out all that well. he still could, but based on last year, I wouldn’t say he was an impact guy.

  • BenRM

    You’re right. My mistake. Reading comprehension for the win.

  • cmm13

    Andre Rison is somewhere crying.

  • mgbode

    in what world did the Andre Rison signing work out for the Browns?

  • mgbode

    in what world did the Andre Rison signing work out for the Browns?

  • bupalos

    Haden isn’t settling for anything less than 13 and that’s whether or not Revis is here. I think we’d be delighted to put 25M into two corners if those were the 2 corners….but that won’t do it.

  • bupalos

    The problem with waiting for a cut is that you have to sign him to a new contract where he’s going to want a bunch of guarantee. You might up ending up paying more for less in the end. Trade and you’ve got him on a straight 16M you can cut 100% of any day you want.

    I’d trade one of the 3rds for this kind of certainty. We’d be a guaranteed top 5 defense this year, and could go in a different direction at any time.

  • mgbode

    well, I don’t think we have $16mil/year to give on our cap for a CB2 now 🙂

  • James Workman

    Connecting the dots with Pettine i think it makes sense. But anything more than 3rd and its crazy IMO.

  • saggy

    I meant his attitude not his performance. To clarify.

  • scripty

    You trade that Steelers 3rd rounder and don’t think twice. Elite talent is what pushes you over the top. You know why you get all that cap room, FOR CHANCES LIKE THIS.

    I am normally pretty pragmatic but the delusional cap space hoarders need to get on board.

  • saggy

    I just want to go on the record again and say how much I’d love to add this guy. I have been dreaming of a chance for the Browns to sign Revis for years. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!

  • cmm13

    It didn’t, hence his tears. 😉

  • mgbode

    I thought they were either for Left Eye…or his mansion