Dallas Cowboys: Does signing Darrelle Revis make sense?

Dec 19, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) makes an interception during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) makes an interception during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Cowboys are possibly looking into acquiring the services of one of the best cornerbacks in NFL history, Darrelle Revis.

The Dallas Cowboys are continuing to build their roster for the 2017 season and one position most analysts are worried about the most is defensive back. The influx of new talent in the defensive backfield should give a lot of rookies significant time on the field early on in their career.

The Cowboys could look to add a veteran player at the position to help make this secondary as formidable as possible as the team will face a tough array of the NFL’s top passing targets this season.

The Dallas Cowboys top wide receiver, Dez Bryant, has appeared to lobby for the addition of cornerback, Darrelle Revis. In a tweet, Bryant suggested that the veteran cornerback reach out to the team about possibly joining the roster.

While this is interesting it is seemingly unlikely that the Cowboys would attempt to sign Revis for anything substantial. Revis had an abysmal 2016 campaign that showed that the Jets top cornerback had aged a bit.

This was not just Revis who had a down year, the entire Jets defense suffered so it is not just on him. He was one of the worst rated cornerbacks of 2016 and has struggled to find a home since he left Gang Green.

The narrative has been he has lost a step significantly and has very little left in the tank, Bryant does not believe this to be the case and to be fair the Cowboys do have enough cap space now to take a look.

Let’s also not forget, the Cowboys secondary is not exactly elite quite yet, the rookies in the defensive backfield are a huge addition this offseason. Plus a healthy Orlando Scandrick and another year of experience for Byron Jones should make for a fairly competitive unit, but still, there is no reason not to bring Revis in at least for a visit.

The guy is a legend and was the scourge of quarterbacks since entering the league, I mean “Revis Island” was a moniker only fit for a player of his caliber. He also recorded as many interceptions as two of last seasons starters, Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr.

There were a lot of hiccups as well but still has been a more productive player than either Carr or Claiborne will ever be. Revis will also have a chip on his shoulder entering this season, and players of his caliber/age range (Adrian Peterson) may surprise many around the NFL this season.

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It is clear that Revis does not want to end his NFL career after a down year with one of the league’s worst franchises, so why not give him a shot in Dallas? At worst, he is a glorified coach for two of the top cornerback prospects entering the NFL during their rookie season.

At best he is a productive member of the Cowboys secondary and helps them pick up some interceptions. The rub here is how much he would want to play for but something in my gut tells me he won’t break the bank by any means.

The best argument for not looking at Revis is that the team will want to spend some of their newly acquired cap space on a potentially more productive player or re-sign several of their star players. I would sign a player like David Harris before I brought in the free agent cornerback but adding both of those players should provide a significant boost for this defense.

Harris has been a capable and productive player for a very long time and did not suffer nearly as much as Revis did on the field during the 2016 season but adding both of them to a competent, driven, young defensive group could really help them grow and show up to the best of their ability in a way they simply could not with the Jets.

A short-term deal for both players would be the best course of action but then there is also the wild card that is Daryl Washington, who was one of the best linebackers in the NFL prior to his suspension.

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The team has a lot of options this offseason and could add some talented veterans to the mix, Revis being amongst those the team looks to add would make a lot of sense as this secondary is currently in a rebuilding phase and could use all the help they could get.