Apparently, the team no longer has a taste for expensive veteran cornerbacks.
The Eagles made overtures to the Jets about trading for cornerback Darrelle Revis, according to league sources, but they took themselves out of the running for one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Indications were that Revis was headed to Tampa Bay for several draft picks.
Truthfully, I never really understood the connection between the Eagles and Revis. For a team that has cut ties with players like Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins and now Asomugha after the infamous "Dream Team" signings of 2011, why handcuff yourself to a huge cap hit like Revis?
The Eagles are implementing a new offense under Chip Kelly, making the transition to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Bill Davis and have plenty of holes to fill all over the roster. Why would they give up early-round draft picks for one player, especially one recovering from a torn ACL?
Look, I love Revis as a player. I still think he has the ability to close off one side of the field and mirror a team's top wide receiver. However, in my opinion, he's the sort of player you add if you are a contender that needs one final piece or an organization looking to make a splash to sell tickets.
The Eagles already made a splash by hiring Kelly this offseason, and selling tickets generally isn't a problem for the Birds. What's more, this team is still at least two years away from becoming contenders.
Rather than spend huge money and sacrifice draft picks, I believe most fans in Philadelphia would like to see the Eagles remain smart in free agency and build a team that fits Kelly's scheme through the draft.
Any organization would love to have Revis, but for the money and draft picks he would cost, he never made sense for the Eagles.
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