With the start of free agency about a month away, it’s time to start looking at some possible fits that the Buffalo Bills may target to improve their team.
The Bills will obviously be looking mainly towards improving the offensive line. They will also look to add a veteran quarterback who can compete with third-year man EJ Manuel for the starting job. Despite having the league’s fourth-ranked defense, the Bills probably won’t change much on this side of the ball.
However, one name that keeps getting linked with the Bills and that is cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Drafted 14th overall in the first round of the 2007 draft, Revis would go onto play his first six seasons with the New York Jets where he accumulated 19 interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. After tearing his ACL in Week 3 of the the 2012 season, Revis was shipped to Tampa Bay the following year where he would once again be a Pro Bowler.
Despite having a solid season, Revis was released due to salary cap issues and was signed to a one-year contract by the New England Patriots. This past season he hauled in two interceptions, and was yet again named to his sixth Pro Bowl.
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Revis has been lining up against the league’s top receivers week after week, ultimately making them invisible for the duration of the game. What makes Revis such a special player is his athleticism. He has extremely flexible hips, which allows him to adjust accordingly, and always be in position to make a play on the ball. Revis has solid size at 5’11’’ and 198 pounds and also has the perfect mix of speed and physicality to dominate. There have been times when opposing quarterbacks don’t even throw the ball Revis’ way.
Really, the guy is that good.
Can you imagine the Buffalo Bills defense that already features standouts such as defensive tackle Marcell Dareus adding the likes of cornerback Darrelle Revis?
The Bills have an elite defense. It starts with a dominant defensive line, followed by promising young linebackers and a secondary that gave up the fewest passing touchdowns and the third-fewest passing yards in the NFL last season. Adding one of the league’s best corners to your defense is only going to make the unit better as a whole.
Currently, the Bills have Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Corey Graham, Nickell Robey, Ron Brooks, Ross Crockrell, Mario Butler and Jonathan Meeks on their roster. The addition of Revis would definitely solidify Buffalo’s secondary as the best in the NFL. Revis will likely command a lot of money. The Bills would be forced to cut ties with a corner and that would most likely mean cutting the veteran McKelvin. Although he has made substantial improvements over the past few seasons, there is no doubt that Revis would be a huge upgrade and really bolster the Bills secondary.
Only time will tell whether or not the Bills will be active in the pursuit of Revis. New Bills head coach Rex Ryan is very familiar with Revis, having coached him back in New York, so it will be interesting to see if Ryan can get him on board in Buffalo. It hass yet to be seen whether or not the Patriots will bring him back, but due to financial issues, they may not be able to do so.
If this is the case the Bills should be all over Revis. He would truly improve the defense and make the Bills legitimate contenders in the AFC.