All the buzz this morning is about the Eagles being potential suitors for CB Darrelle Revis if he gets released by the Bucs on Wednesday. News broke last night that Revis could be cut if he can’t be traded before then.
Then a little while later, there was a Tweet from Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post saying that former Jets executive Ari Nissm “heard” that the Eagles were going to be one of the teams pursuing Revis.
This morning, Adam Schefter followed that up by saying that the Eagles and Patriots are “two teams to watch” regarding Revis.
Furthermore, Jeff McLane mentioned that the Eagles “flirted with the idea” of trading for Revis last year.
That is enough fuel to start a fire about the possibility of the Eagles actually going after him should he indeed be released tomorrow. However, if by some stretch of the imagination they actually signed him, what would that mean for Cary Williams or Bradley Fletcher?
I have felt that there was no need for the Eagles to address the Cornerback position in free agency this year. I still feel that way and I’m fine heading into next season with Williams and Fletcher again.
But, Roseman could view Revis as one of those exceptional players to go out and pay big money for. Whether or not I agree with that is another thing, and I’ll touch on that if this comes to fruition.
For now, I’m wondering what it would mean for the current starting corners.
Who would go? I couldn’t see the Eagles keeping both if they brought in Revis. My first impression is that they could go either way.
If you were to base the decision on their play on the field, I would lean towards keeping Fletcher. Not by a huge margin, but overall I feel Fletcher is better in coverage and run support.
Plus, would Williams and his fiesty attitude be able to coexist with Revis?
The problem, though, is that some decisions have to be made when looking at the financial implications. Especially if you’re deciding between two players whose overall impact on the field is relatively close.
Financially speaking, Williams would be harder to cut. He signed a five year deal last year with $5 million guaranteed signing bonus that was prorated out over three seasons. Per Eaglescap.com, the Eagles still owe him $3.33 million and would incur that much in dead cap money if they cut him.
They also have until the 5th day of the league year before Williams’ base salary of $4.75 million becomes fully guaranteed. That means if they cut him before the 5th day, they’d save a little over $3 million.
Fletcher, on the other hand, only signed a two year deal with all of his guaranteed money paid last year. The Eagles would save $2.9 million by cutting him and not incur any cap hit.
Though the dollar amount in cap savings would be about the same, the difference is having dead money as opposed to no dead money.
At this point, I’m in a “I’ll believe it when I see it” frame of mind when it comes to whether or not the Eagles will actually strongly pursue Revis. He’ll be 29 before the season starts and while he may have a good year or two left, he doesn’t inspire long term benefits.
Nonetheless, it would be an interesting decision by the Eagles on who to cut if that ends up being the case. It’s purely a guess, but Williams would probably end up having as much time as he needs to go sconce hunting.