Plenty of cheaper options at cornerback if teams shy away from pursuing Darrelle Revis
While six NFL team executives and coaches agreed that New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is the top player at his position and perhaps the top player available via trade or free agency this year, all of them said that there's enough depth at the position that getting by without Revis would be tolerable. "If you play this out the right way, you can get two guys this year for less than you'd pay for Revis," one coach said. "You normally can't say that about cornerbacks and let's not fool anybody, I'd rather have Revis than just about any two guys on the rest of the list. "But if I don't get him, we can probably survive OK." The position this season features roughly 18 cornerbacks (including Nnamdi Asomugha, expected to soon part ways with the Philadelphia Eagles) who have the ability to start, such as Aqib Talib, or at least be a solid nickel player, such as Brice McCain. "Very deep, which is why you've seen some deals happen already that were probably cheaper than you would have expected in most years," a general manager said, referring to a four-year, $20 million deal that Leodis McKelvin agreed to with the Buffalo Bills this weekend and a three-year deal that Dunta Robinson got with Kansas City on Friday. The details of Robinson's deal have yet to emerge, but multiple sources said that the Chiefs were hoping to get Robinson done and still sign another cornerback such as Sean Smith so that they could have a trio of Robinson, Smith and Brandon Flowers.
Distributed by Internet Broadcasting and The Sports Xchange. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.