At his best, Revis has erased No. 1 receivers like no cornerback since Deion Sanders.
A year later, Sanders took his Super Bowl ring and absconded to Dallas for a seven-year, $35 million contract.
The Patriots would take that trade-off if lightning strikes twice with mercenary shutdown cornerbacks.
We broke down the early winners and losers of free agency in the latest "Around The League Podcast."
Now that DeMarcus Ware has swooped in to pilfer the contract that was ticketed for Jared Allen in Denver, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the former Vikings star is threatening to walk away from the NFL if his salary demands aren't met. You want to rainbow-curve that one by us again? Playing "hard to get" doesn't work if a player, in fact, makes himself impossible to get.
Can an organization handle the departure of a beloved icon with as much hamfisted disrespect as the Panthers? On the same day that Steve Smith's agent acknowledged the best offensive player in franchise history won't return, team sources leaked a story suggesting Smith would be a bad influence in the locker room. Panthers fans won't touch that stinky bait.
Wide receiver movement
The early word on this year's market was that free agents were set to cash in, but that won't hold true for offensive skill-position players.
Decker's contract wasn't the only bargain among wide receivers. The Lions picked up a heck of a football player in Golden Tate, the first consistent young playmaker to be teamed with Calvin Johnson in Detroit. With that duo and Reggie Bush spreading the field, opposing defensive coordinators will have trouble sleeping at night.
News of the weird
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Less than 30 hours after throwing an astounding $42.5 million at left tackle Rodger Saffold, the Raiders voided his contract due to a failed physical. Are we sure there wasn't a tinge of buyer's remorse thrown in? Minutes after he was discarded by Oakland, Saffold decided to return to the Rams on a five-year contract.
"One of the worst days of my life as a professional," one Raiders source told NFL Media columnist Michael Silver.
Musical QB chairs
Seattle to Jacksonville pipeline
With our top-14 free agents off the board, lesser names are going to start dominating the conversation. Having already recruited Red Bryant to Florida, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley could take center stage Thursday. Pass rusher Chris Clemons is close to rejoining his old defensive coordinator, and Walter Thurmond in on the radar as well.
General manager David Caldwell's free-agent booty includes a starting running back (Toby Gerhart) and a much-needed upgrade for the offensive line (Zane Beadles). He won't stop there. Caldwell and Bradley have also brought in wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and defensive ends Willie Young and Ziggy Hood for visits.