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Browns in, Raiders out of Revis sweepstakes

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For teams that would have a hard time persuading cornerback Darrelle Revis to choose them from a field that would include, you know, contending franchise, there’s only one way to get Revis:  Trade for him.

And so at a time when teams like the Patriots and Broncos are, per a source with knowledge of the situation, biding their time under the assumption Revis will be cut, any team that wants to prevent Revis from picking his next destination can trade for his contract.

Per a league source, the Browns are indeed exploring the possibility of trading for Revis.  The Raiders, we’re told, are not.

In Cleveland, Revis would be reunited with former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who’s now the head coach of the Browns.

Whoever trades for Revis would have to take him at his current contract.  He won’t take a pay cut to facilitate a trade.

The Buccaneers are expected to make trade or cut Revis by 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.  After that, he’s owed a $1.5 million roster bonus, and the 2014 draft pick to complete the trade from the Jets upgrades from a fourth-round pick to a third-round pick.

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42 Responses to “Browns in, Raiders out of Revis sweepstakes”
  1. Six Rings says: Mar 11, 2014 4:54 PM

    Let’s review recent free agency champs and how it played out.

    2013: Miami Dolphins (Mike Wallace, Brent Grimes, Dannell Ellerbe, Dustin Keller, Chris Clemons). Finished 8-8.

    2011: Philadelphia Eagles (Dream Team). Finished 8-8.

    2009: Washington Redskins (Albert Haynesworth, Jason Taylor, Deangelo Hall). Finished 8-8.

    I’m seeing a pattern here.

  2. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Mar 11, 2014 4:55 PM

    The Eiggles always act cool and come in last second and get smoked by a high priced washed up big name free agent you go girl !

  3. somethingsmellsrotten says: Mar 11, 2014 4:56 PM

    Thank God

  4. nviverson says: Mar 11, 2014 4:57 PM

    Haden and Revis would be the most dominant backfield in the NFL, also with the addition of Whitner, unbelievable.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 11, 2014 4:57 PM

    These elite players mean nothing if you don’t have an top 10 QB in the league. Cleveland HAD RGIII and they traded the opportunity away for GUYS THAT AREN’T ON THE TEAM ANYMORE!!! WHAT a SAD Franchise LOL. #HTTR

  6. humb0lt says: Mar 11, 2014 4:58 PM

    Revis probably told his agent to forget Oakland, there’s no way he’s going to play for the Raiders.

  7. jimmypx says: Mar 11, 2014 4:58 PM

    Revis is an awesome CB, but he wants too much money. He wants franchise QB money and frankly no CB is worth that much no matter how talented.

  8. texansfalcons says: Mar 11, 2014 4:58 PM

    That secondary would rival Seattle’s.

  9. coltzfan166 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:59 PM

    Revis is speechless

  10. bucrightoff says: Mar 11, 2014 5:01 PM

    I actually see some Tampa fans somewhere else I frequent suggest the Bucs trade Revis and their first for both of Cleveland’s first. It’s like a test to see if the Browns are stupider than the Bucs.

  11. El Pollo Loco says: Mar 11, 2014 5:01 PM

    Smartest move the Raiders have made today

  12. rockieschef says: Mar 11, 2014 5:01 PM

    When you end up in Oakland, your NFL career is pretty much over

  13. toonloonboon says: Mar 11, 2014 5:02 PM

    dont forget redskins of 2000 ( jeff george, bruce smith, deion sanders, mark carrier). record? yep, 8-8

  14. NoobTubeTV says: Mar 11, 2014 5:03 PM

    Cleveland is finally trying to put together a winning team. Thank the gods.

  15. fumblenuts says: Mar 11, 2014 5:05 PM

    Revis actually SHOULD be stoked with Hitner, Dansby and Haden opposite of him on the D.

    Could be one hell of a Defense……..

  16. chargrz says: Mar 11, 2014 5:06 PM

    PASS! No Thanks. Keep Him.

  17. flash1283 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:08 PM

    So the Browns are trying to be this years Dolphins?

  18. floriojr says: Mar 11, 2014 5:08 PM

    not exactly a sweepstakes… 16mil a year and have to give up something? no thanks. cut him and let him sign somewhere at 8mil a year

  19. gibbyfan says: Mar 11, 2014 5:08 PM

    i’m gla the raiders arent spending 25% of their cap space on one guy….because they need about 10 others

  20. bigtganks says: Mar 11, 2014 5:09 PM

    Whew!!!
    – Raiders Fans

  21. r8dernation says: Mar 11, 2014 5:09 PM

    thank you thank you thank you!

  22. beezer240 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:10 PM

    Wow, pairing Revis up with Haden and now Whitner backing them up would be a shut down defense.

  23. nattination says: Mar 11, 2014 5:10 PM

    You’r all forgetting 8-8 is an amazing upgrade for the factory of sadness, aka THE Cleveland Browns

  24. ajm323 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:11 PM

    come onnn just keep him already… we, as Jets fans, need that 3rd round pick!

  25. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 11, 2014 5:11 PM

    Revis seems like such a mercenary…Does anyone think he might be a locker room problem?

  26. niles6590 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:11 PM

    Sounds like “Six Rings” or whatever other handle he has for this site is getting a little worried of the Browns coming up from the bottom and taking a big bite out the collective hind end of the division…

  27. barkymingo says: Mar 11, 2014 5:13 PM

    And who could forget that awful free agent spending that the Broncos did a few season ago when they got Peyton Manning, Wes Welker and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Getting proven, solid players really doesn’t get you anywhere and the Broncos are proof…………

    And FYI, I would be ecstatic if the Browns went 8-8 (that’s how bad its gotten)

  28. natijim235 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:13 PM

    Browns will find a way to screw things up – never forget who you are!

  29. sdchicken says: Mar 11, 2014 5:14 PM

    8-8 for the Browns would be a fantastic season!

  30. cdwains says: Mar 11, 2014 5:14 PM

    Yikes that secondary would be scary good, Revis & Haden with Hitner in on the back end, a really good Defense last year could GREAT this year.

  31. p4hbiz says: Mar 11, 2014 5:19 PM

    50 plus years in the NFL and NO playoff or Rings… Yeah, Cleveland is a great place to go…

  32. raiders4life says: Mar 11, 2014 5:25 PM

    The Raiders will go after Revis once the Bucs cut him. No need to give up value draft picks when the guy will be on the open market soon.

  33. hbdbrowns33 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:28 PM

    50 plus years in the NFL and NO playoff or Rings… Yeah, Cleveland is a great place to go…

    Except for the fact that the Browns have 8 championships which is the third most in NFL history. Only the Bears and Packers have more. The Browns have not won a superbowl though. And playoffs? really? The Browns were one of the dominant teams in the 80’s going to the AFC championship game three times. Its pretty clear you don’t know what you’re talking about. Maybe when you bring up a team’s history you should know what it is.

  34. dieselguy19 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:28 PM

    Bad team, Bad fans, Bad human being. Sounds like a match made in heaven.

  35. radrntn says: Mar 11, 2014 5:30 PM

    i have no problem with the raiders signing revis at his current price….there is no million guaranteed bonus money like we did for guards saffold and brisiel..and flynn. we need to be close on the cap # this year, and can cut him next year, or even the year after , with no dead space…….i just have a problem giving up anything…maybe a 7th rd pick but that is about it.

  36. huskersrock1 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:38 PM

    I think Cleveland would be fine with 8-8.

    “Let’s review recent free agency champs and how it played out.

    2013: Miami Dolphins (Mike Wallace, Brent Grimes, Dannell Ellerbe, Dustin Keller, Chris Clemons). Finished 8-8.

    2011: Philadelphia Eagles (Dream Team). Finished 8-8.

    2009: Washington Redskins (Albert Haynesworth, Jason Taylor, Deangelo Hall). Finished 8-8.

    I’m seeing a pattern here.”

  37. sensiblecentrists says: Mar 11, 2014 5:50 PM

    The first sentence of this article makes my brain hurt. Not a great sentence.

  38. johnniemayes says: Mar 11, 2014 6:10 PM

    Classic mistake by neophyte GMs. What good will 2 great corners do you if you have a NON EXISTENT pass rush?

  39. whodeybengalsfan says: Mar 11, 2014 6:12 PM

    I bet Revis is good for at least 2 more wins next year.

    That 6 – 10 record is going to look mighty good to those 25 Cleveland Browns fans!

  40. pftking says: Mar 11, 2014 6:16 PM

    The Bucs would be dumb not to trade him for either a #1 or Hayden.

  41. mrfrostyj says: Mar 11, 2014 6:29 PM

    So THIS is how Ray Farmer plans on getting rid of Brandon Weeden. Trade him along with a spare draft pick or two and in return get Revis.

    I like this guy

  42. campcouch says: Mar 12, 2014 12:51 AM

    Once again the Browns are dwelling in the minds of many. Negative postings about their activities means even our “suck” franchise is still worthy of discussion. Jerry Jones must beside himself that people are talking about the Browns more than the Cowboys.

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