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Talib, Revis wins game of cornerback musical chairs, DRC loses

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The free-agency frenzy can be dizzying for the media and fans.  Agents and teams have to keep their wits about them while in the blender, playing a game that is part checkers, part chess, part chicken.

For the players, there’s also a strong element of musical chairs.  In this year’s cornerback class, Aqib Talib and Darrelle Revis won.  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie lost.

As of Tuesday afternoon, it appears that Talib would be the odd man out, relegated to doing a so-so multi-year deal with a new team or another one-year contract in New England.  As a league source explains it to PFT, when the Broncos were getting nowhere with DRC, Talib’s camp reached out to inquire about doing a deal.

Within two hours, a deal was done.

For Talib, he crafted the ultimate sweet spot.  A day before, a deal that pays him $12 million this year was regarded as an impossibility.  A day later, the Patriots would have been able to at least squeeze Talib by threatening to sign Darrelle Revis.

Talib jumped at the right time, getting a contract that few believed he’d ever get.  The Patriots never could have done it, given his off-field history and their misadventures with the unfortunately incarcerated Aaron Hernandez.  Other teams weren’t inclined to do it, because Talib’s reputation preceded him into most NFL cities.

The Broncos had a compelling need.  And they weren’t able to get Rodgers-Cromartie signed for an amount they deemed acceptable.

The swift move for Talib forced the Patriots to perhaps pay Revis more than the Pats wanted to pay.  Either way, both Talib and Revis are getting $12 million in 2013 — twice the $6 million-per-year market that existed in 2013.

Meanwhile, DRC is SOL.  He’ll eventually get signed, but not for the money he could have gotten two days ago in Denver.

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32 Responses to “Talib, Revis wins game of cornerback musical chairs, DRC loses”
  1. grogansheroes says: Mar 13, 2014 11:37 AM

    Doesn’t Revis always win?

  2. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2014 11:39 AM

    Ha! The Broncos got fleeced!

  3. moosedoggie says: Mar 13, 2014 11:42 AM

    come back to AZ

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 13, 2014 11:43 AM

    DRC is also probably regretting his decision and wishing he would have made a different choice. Maybe his agent talked him out of taking the best deal and with the best team and the best situation for him. You know, to get something better.

    Like joining the Lions for a cheaper contract, wanna come over?

  5. steelerben says: Mar 13, 2014 11:45 AM

    DRC will end up a Redskin once Browner turns them down.

  6. dynaco says: Mar 13, 2014 11:51 AM

    The only thing Revis knows better than the AFC east is the back of Stevie Smith’s cleats.

  7. ejvyas says: Mar 13, 2014 11:54 AM

    Talib is a huge risk. He is yet to complete 16 games since 2008

  8. kevpft says: Mar 13, 2014 12:00 PM

    It’s funny how things work. The guy that had the best and most complete season last year, who was the most important cog in their team’s machine, is the one getting trampled in the rush for two guys with incomplete seasons, injury troubles, and character questions.

  9. justwannawinna says: Mar 13, 2014 12:09 PM

    I don’t believe DRC is an worth anywhere near what Revis or Talib are getting… DRC should be getting around half probably in a Browns or Raiders uniform and if theyre smart the team that signs him will try to mask his deficiencies as a tackler and complex zones…

  10. bennyb82 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:10 PM

    Revis on the Patriots is going to be exciting.

  11. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 13, 2014 12:17 PM

    The corners last year were not in the same stratosphere as these guys. Sean Smith vs Revis or Talib? Bleh

  12. slaugin says: Mar 13, 2014 12:25 PM

    Talib was a FA last year

  13. idothis2 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:29 PM

    Revis is picking Bellicheck’s pocket the way Aaron Hernandez did

  14. deathonwings410 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:54 PM

    Talib is waaay overrated. The Patriots won this one, even though signed Revis out of desperation. Btw, DRC is several levels below Talib and about 10 levels below Revis so how is he even in the discussion?

  15. patriotinvasion says: Mar 13, 2014 12:55 PM

    All I see here is that the Pats and Broncos had their choice between Revis and Talib and the pats wound up with a better player for much less risk.

  16. seansds3d says: Mar 13, 2014 1:03 PM

    Revis is used goods. He was bad in Tampa… why else release him… if he was that good they would have kept him. He’s never been the same from his injury and that’s why he’s only on a one year contract. DRC is way better than Revis at this point… this season will prove how bad this will be for the Pats.

  17. theytukrjobs says: Mar 13, 2014 1:07 PM

    DRC isn’t really considered nearly as good as those other two. He isn’t bad, but clearly he was looking at a lower contract than those two unless he’s delusional. Oh wait, he actually might be.

  18. clownsfan says: Mar 13, 2014 1:09 PM

    Tampa released him because he didn’t fit their new scheme. You gonna pay someone $16 mil who doesn’t fit your scheme. Moron.

  19. summitmech says: Mar 13, 2014 1:11 PM

    DRC would be welcome in Minny!

  20. andreboy1 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:13 PM

    the Cromartie’s are all losers

  21. arzcardinals says: Mar 13, 2014 1:26 PM

    You’re a fool if you don’t think DRC is gonna get paid. Free agency just started…

  22. mdcards4life says: Mar 13, 2014 1:34 PM

    DRC would complement PP21, Come back to Arizona DRC!!

  23. sonopazzo6 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:48 PM

    He’s not welcome in Philly………and I’m sure I speak for the entire city!!!

  24. doubleogator says: Mar 13, 2014 1:55 PM

    New Orleans needs another corner…

  25. leque4 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:00 PM

    DRC needs to come back to Tennessee. He played his college football St Tennessee State University. They play all of their home games at LP field. He would make a great addition to the Titans especially after losing Verner to the Buccaneers.

  26. thetruthcampaign says: Mar 13, 2014 2:03 PM

    It’s truly DRC island right now.

  27. topgun1019 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:13 PM

    Hey DRC! Come to SF for $6-million and win a SB. Go to Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, or Cleveland, for $8+ million and win nothing. Your choice.

  28. eldarknight says: Mar 13, 2014 2:17 PM

    Ah…the smell of desperation emanates from NE. Revis is a locker room cancer.

  29. sarcastafan says: Mar 13, 2014 2:22 PM

    For those keeping score at home:

    Allen tries to screw around with Elway to wrench money out of him like he is Dan Snyder.. Gets Ware instead…Allen fail.

    DRC tries to screw around with Elway to wrench money out of him by pretending he might retire gets Talib instead…drc fail.

    Dumervils agent tries to dk Elway around with fax gate. Replaced with rental Phillips who has a doom like year, goes to Super Bowl. Doom Fail.

    Tracy porter whines about being benched for sucking. Never to be heard from again. Fail.

    Dj Williams drinks his way off team then gets mouthy. Gone. Fail.

    Elway 5-0. I’m sure I missed a few more.

    When will agents and players get it? Denver isn’t kiddie league now. You want to be bmoc go to the redskins, not denver.

  30. mainbucsfan says: Mar 13, 2014 2:25 PM

    He’s a decent corner gets burned sometimes but he’s pretty good should come join us in Tampa so we at least get two for the price of one, i’m going to miss Revis I thought he did good in zone he made the Pro bowl! The bucs had the money and lovie could of made him fit the system we could’ve put Revis on the other teams best receiver every time, while are right and nickel corners and safeties played zone. Would’ve worked beautiful and we would have had the best secondary in the NFL. And it’s not about the money it’s about pride because the bucs definitely had the money to keep him. And if Lovie was a good coach you make your system fit around a Player like Revis.
    “YOU MAKE IT WORK”

  31. footballalldayeveryday says: Mar 13, 2014 2:39 PM

    I bet Indy can get em for cheap! DRC has the speed our corners don’t. :)

  32. taron2in1 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:40 PM

    DRC should fire his agent and call Jay-Z. I know he is drunk and crying right now. Grow a brain!!!

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