“There’s already a rumor brewing in certain NFL circles that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has been crunching the numbers and putting together an offer to bring the 27-year-old Revis to Philadelphia.”
Focus on the key word there: rumor.
If you know Howie Roseman’s personality, you know there is a likelihood he’s investigated going after Revis. Howie is a very aggressive person. He’s not afraid to take risks. Revis, when healthy, is an elite player and difference-maker. There are only a handful of guys like him in the whole league. If one is available, you have to at least explore the idea.
I’m sure that people around the league think Howie has strongly considered going after Revis. It makes sense based on who he is, on who Revis is, and on how bad the Eagles secondary was in 2012.
The question here is whether Howie ever went beyond the distant planning stages. I think anyone who scribbles down mock drafts or FA plans has imagined a scenario where the Eagles get Revis. Actually putting a plan into action is a very different thing. Why? Resources.
The Eagles would not just be sinking money into Revis. If this was just a matter of cost, I’d be screaming from the mountain tops to go sign the guy. Unfortunately you have to trade for Revis. And the Jets aren’t going to settle for Nick Foles, Nnamdi, and a box of TastyKakes. They want high draft picks…as in multiple. Would you trade this year’s 1st and next year’s 2nd for Revis? I don’t know exactly what the price would be, but there would be a 1st rounder and another high pick involved.
Because of the state of the Eagles secondary, I’m not making that deal. Revis would give us a great cornerback, but he would not solve the secondary’s problems. We need to add talent in the draft and free agency. We have multiple spots to fill. Revis makes more sense for a secondary that needs a boost and not an overhaul.
If I could somehow work out a trade of Nick Foles and a 2nd round pick for him, I’d do that. I just can’t imagine a scenario where the Jets would go for that. I’m willing to give up a pick, but don’t want to use multiple high picks. This team has too many holes. We’re not a player away from being title contenders. Would the Jets trade Revis straight up for #4? That would be tempting. That might be a deal I could live with.
Is it possible that Howie feels different and will roll the dice? Sure. The right veteran player can have a transcendent affect on a team. The Packers had a mediocre defense before Reggie White got there. Starting in 1993, they had 6 straight outstanding years. Look at Charles Woodson and the current Packers. Rodney Harrison joined the Pats in 2003. They won consecutive SBs with him and had a Top 2 scoring defense in 3 of his first 4 seasons there.
Obviously the X-factor in all of this is the status of his knee. Revis has a torn ACL. We hear reports that he’s ahead of schedule, but that could be rumors leaked by his agent. The Eagles doctors would have to check Revis out thoroughly and believe that he’s going to be all the way back. CB is a tough position for a torn ACL. You make dynamic cuts 30 or more times a game. You must have elite agility and change-of-direction ability to be an elite CB.
The other consideration is that you would need to know how to use Revis. Call this the “Nnamdi lesson”. You don’t just acquire a great player and then shoehorn him into a system. You need to build the system around the player. Rex Ryan is one of the best minds in the NFL when it comes to devising coverage schemes. He knew how to use Revis for maximum effect. Bill Davis is a veteran coach and would probably have a solid plan, but again…you want maximum results. I’d talk to him at great length to make sure he knew exactly what to do with Revis. The thought of getting another top corner and watching him play in a strange system would make my head explode, Scanners style.
I don’t think the Eagles will make a move for Revis. I’m okay with Howie making some phone calls to see what the price is and trying to figure out if it could work. I just don’t think the cost matches our situation. We don’t need cornerback help. We need cornerbacks help.
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Reports from the Bay area say DL Ricky Jean-Francois is an Eagles target. Here’s my take.
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Former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah said on Twitter last night that he thinks the Eagles could go after a couple of Niners FAs. He specifically mentioned S Dashon Goldson, Ricky Jean-Francois, and DL Isaac Sopoaga. The first couple I get. Sopoaga will turn 32 in September. Maybe he would be here on a short deal, but I would think SF might want to keep him if he’s willing to sign a short deal.
Really curious to see if this SF-PHI thing is just speculation or these are viable rumors among NFL insiders.