Philadelphia Eagles Should Pursue Trade for New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis
Revis, 27, is coming off a torn ACL that cost him the final 14 games of the 2012 season.
He is scheduled to make $6 million in 2013 but is an unrestricted free agent following the season. By trading Revis now, the Jets could receive something in return for him instead of letting him walk as a free agent following the end of next year.
For the Eagles, Revis would be a perfect fit. Cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have both been disappointments since they were acquired during the 2011 offseason.
Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent and the 26-year-old will likely receive a relatively sizable contract based primarily on name recognition and his former status as a Pro Bowl player.
Revis, on the other hand, is arguably the best defensive player in the NFL. It can be argued that he has been as dominant as any cornerback in the game's history the last few seasons.
In 2011, he allowed just one touchdown and intercepted four passes for a 45.6 passer rating, which is the second-best mark in the NFL. Midway through the season, he was on track for the greatest season ever by a cornerback.
He had an off-year by his standards in 2010 when he allowed a 78.8 passer rating, but he was still better that season than 69 of the 100 qualifying cornerbacks.
In 2009, he turned in what head coach Rex Ryan called the best year any cornerback has ever had. He allowed a 36.9 completion percentage and two touchdowns, while intercepting five passes and defensing 23 more. His passer rating against was 32.3, which was easily the best mark in the league.
The Eagles would need to make sure that Revis will be healthy before the 2013 season before seriously pursuing a trade. But if possible, the Eagles should go all in for the Jets' great.
Adding Revis would also help new head coach Chip Kelly in his search for a defensive coordinator with shutout ability.
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