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.