ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Super Bowl Sunday that the Buffalo Bills - spearheaded by new head coach Rex Ryan - are among two AFC East teams interested in luring upcoming free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis away from the New England Patriots. (The other team is, of course, the New York Jets.)
Jets are expected to pursue free-agent-to-be CB Darrelle Revis to see if they can bring him back to New York, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2015
Not just Jets interested in Darrelle Revis; Rex Ryan will try to lure the free-agent-to-be CB to Buffalo as well. AFC East in on Revis.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2015
On the one hand, the notion of Revis reuniting with Ryan and his defense - which made both of them household names in the 2009 and 2010 seasons - and pairing the corner with Stephon Gilmore is highly enticing. That would give Buffalo, arguably, the most formidable pair of starting corners in the sport.
Then again, the Bills also have fairly significant money tied up in veteran cornerbacks Leodis McKelvin and Corey Graham; both signed four-year deals worth more than $4 million annually in the past two offseasons, respectively, and while the Bills could free up some cap space to sign Revis by cutting both (McKelvin would save $2.9 million, Graham $1.3 million), neither has earned that fate. Both have played at a high level since signing those deals in Buffalo.
This strikes me as Schefter being the willing mouthpiece of Revis' agent, who is capitalizing on his client's participation in a game that everyone is talking about today by floating the idea that Revis might walk to non-playoff teams as a way to get fan bases talking about the star cornerback. But then, it's particularly fun to think about Revis and Gilmore working for Ryan in Buffalo, too. What do you think, Bills fans?