Smoke, but likely no fire re: Giants, Revis
March, 12, 2014
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers let it be known that they were looking to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis, the New York Giants were one of the many, many teams that called to ask what the price would be. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported this Wednesday, and it is true, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The Giants figured the price would be too high, but they called anyway because this is Revis we're talking about and... well, what if the price wasn't too high? Wouldn't that be great?
But it was, as you might expect. Even if the Bucs weren't asking much, Revis would have to redo his contract in order to get a deal done, and he was unwilling to do that. So the conversations ended quickly. Tampa Bay is unlikely to find a trade partner for Revis by 4 p.m. Wednesday, when they owe him a roster bonus, so he'll likely be cut Wednesday afternoon and free for anyone to sign.
We know the Giants have called around on the top cornerbacks, but we also know they balked at Alterraun Verner's price, which turned out to be not so bad. (Verner signed with Tampa Bay for four years and $25.5 million.) This makes me think it's unlikely they pursue Revis as a free agent. They have the money and cap space to do it, but the bidding is likely to get up near the $10 million-per-year mark, and I don't imagine the Giants wanting to play in that neighborhood.
I don't like to write that something won't happen, because you look silly if 95 things change and it actually does. But if you're dreaming of Revis in Giants blue, I'd encourage you to tone down your expectations.