When one of the best players in the NFL is potentially hitting the market, it's worth talking about regardless of how farfetched getting him may be. Multiple outlets are now reporting that the Jets will explore a trade for all pro cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The impetus for the trade is that Jets ownership doesn't believe they will be able to resign Revis, so they're looking to cash in while they can. Revis, who is coming off an ACL injury, will be 28 at the start of next season and will be a free agent in 2014. Revis has now twice forced the Jets to redo his deal and the team doesn't appear interested in going through this with him a third time.
Revis will make about $6 million next season and there are reports that he'll look for upwards of $16 million in a new deal. The Jets are already almost $20 million over the 2013 cap.
So, now I ask the question... should the Eagles make a run? There's a few things to consider. One, they're not exactly flush with cap space themselves and already saddled with a CB making megabucks in Nnamdi Asomugha. He could be cut to make room, but the Eagles would still be on the hook for $4m against the cap.
Then there's of course the compensation. Clearly, the Jets would be looking for a bounty in return for Revis and for good reason. He's an elite player who is still under 30. It's not unreasonable to expect at least a first round pick for him. So if you're the Eagles, would you surrender the #4?
For me, there's no question that Revis is a great player, but I don't think he's the right player at the right time for the Eagles. I'd rather see them invest the picks that would be required to get him in young talent and the cap space it would take to get him in filling a few other needs.