With the beginning of NFL Free Agency starting on Tuesday, teams around the league will be looking to cut ties with many top talent that are making too much against the salary cap, with one of those players being CB Darrelle Revis from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of the teams that should give Revis a hard look is the Detroit Lions.
|Tampa Bay Bucs CB Darrelle Revis.|
The Lions had a much improved defense against the run (3rd in the NFL), but was still mediocre against the pass (23rd in NFL). The team is looking to lock in DT Ndamukong Suh long-term right now. Adding Revis to a secondary that absolutely needs a boost would go a long way to solidifying at least one part of the field.
Granted, Revis isn’t what he was with the Jets, where he was a former AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, & was unquestionably the best lockdown cornerback in the NFL. In 2013, he came off of a torn ACL to have a decent year with the Bucs, winning the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year.
Even though Revis only had 2 interceptions last season, he was playing in a mostly zone scheme that coach Greg Schiano had in place during the season, mostly I believe to mask the fact that Revis may not have been completely healthy off of the ACL injury.
If Revis is healthy, the Lions need to take a flyer on Revis for maybe 2-3 million over a 1-2 year deal. Revis, along with Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State or Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State, would instantly improve the secondary & will make more teams have to go right up the middle on one of the best front fours in the NFL.
The Lions will need to be players somehow in free agency in order to take the next step in becoming playoff contenders next season. The team is looking for talent in two areas – wide receiver & cornerback. The cornerback issue can be settled quickly with the scenario listed above, and getting a receiver can be taken care of in the NFL Draft with the depth of talent this year at the receiver position to replace Nate Burleson.
Yes, the Suh signing will be one that the Lions have to make a major priority. He will most likely be one of the highest paid defensive players in the league. Suh is outstanding against the run, but can also be a disruptive pass rusher to complement opposite DT Nick Fairley, who can become one of the more dominant pass & run stoppers in the league with stronger commitment all the way around the way he had towards the end of the season.
Either way, the Lions will need to become a force in free agency in order to become one of the elite teams in the NFL sooner rather than later.
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