The story of the Eagles’ offseason has been the addition of offensive pieces to help Carson Wentz. The signings of Alshon Jeffrey, LeGarrette Blount, and Torrey Smith has brought excitement to the fan base. However, the glaring need from last season has always been the secondary—namely the cornerbacks.
The cornerbacks on the roster are a collection of young players who lack NFL experience. Sidney Jones may not be healthy enough to contribute this season, while fellow rookie Rasul Douglas projects to see a lot of playing time along with second-year player Jalen Mills. However, aside from Ron Brooks and the newly-acquired Patrick Robinson, the Eagles cornerbacks lack veteran experience.
Perhaps the Eagles could add another veteran to the mix, one who just a few years ago was considered the best shutdown corner in all of football. His ability to lock down opposing teams’ number one receiver even warranted its own nickname—Revis Island.
Derrelle Revis will turn 32 years old tomorrow, still without an NFL contract. The downside is obvious. Cut by the Jets in the spring, Revis is coming off the worst season of his career. He ranked 65th of 111 corners according to Pro Football Focus. He openly told reporters that his body is “breaking down”. He is reportedly asking for $8 million dollars.
So why should the Eagles even bother? Derrelle Revis is a 7-time Pro Bowler. He is a 4-time first team All-Pro. He has played in the AFC Championship 3 times and is a Super Bowl champion.
Revis has the accolades and the big-game experience. If he can be just 70% of the player that he used to be, he would be a great improvement to the Eagles secondary. With years of experience of being one of the elite corners in the league, he could also help mentor and mold the younger Eagles corners.
Other teams across the league have profited from bringing in a veteran corner who helped develop the younger players on the roster. The Denver Broncos brought in Aqib Talib who helped develop Chris Harris into an elite NFL talent. The Oakland Raiders acquired Sean Smith who helped turn David Amerson into a top-15 player at his position. The Minnesota Vikings brought in Terrance Newman who helped guide Xavier Rhodes, now considered one of the elite corners in the league.
Should the Eagles follow suit?