According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Browns have “significant interest” in acquiring Darrelle Revis. The five time pro bowler, whom is often regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL, is set to be released by the Buccaneers later this afternoon if they can’t find a trade partner for Revis’ cumbersome contract.
The problem is that Revis is expected to make $16 million next year and he isn’t willing to restructure his contract at the Browns request. That being said, it isn’t very often that you get the opportunity to acquire one of the best defensive players in recent history. Cleveland has the money to spare, and if they want to make a statement about their future, they have to pull the trigger.
First off, this is the only way the Browns have any real shot at obtaining Revis. Even if he becomes a free agent, it isn’t very likely that his top destination is going to be Cleveland. Likewise, there is no telling just how much money Revis may demand on the open market. The $16 million a year that he is scheduled for now could end up being a bargain in comparison to what he might make in the next few days.
Simply put, it doesn’t make sense for the Browns to not trade for Revis. Cleveland’s new coach Mike Pettine was Revis’ defensive coordinator in New York when Revis made three first-team All-Pro rosters, and obviously knows how to use the elite cornerback.
The Browns also already have one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in Joe Haden. A Haden-Revis tandem would not only give the Browns the best cornerback duo in the NFL, but one of the best of all time.
All that being said, the most important fact is that the Browns have the cap-space to sustain Revis’ contract. Sure, it’s a risk to devote such a large amount of your cap to one player, but when you’ve had three winning seasons in the last 20 years, you need to take some chances.
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