The Miami Dolphins have to make some tough decisions in the near future regarding their own players. One player, that I’ve found to be pretty polarizing with the fan base is Sean Smith. Some Dolphins fans think Smith is worth of a Pro Bowl birth, while others think the Dolphins should move on from the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. Personally, I’m in between, but reside closer to the side that wants the Dolphins to move on. The problem I see, is finding a suitable replacement when there is absolutely zero depth at that position on the roster. We’ll get to Sean Smith another time, but for now we want to share with you our thoughts on the possibility of Derrelle Revis being Sean Smith’s replacement. One of our loyal readers (Miami Jules) posed the question to us yesterday on Twitter. We couldn’t explain everything in 140 characters, so we decided to write a post about it! By the way, if you have an idea for a post, let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Put simply, it’s not happening. When healthy, Derrelle Revis is the best corner in the NFL. He’s an All-Pro type of player. I don’t think he’s Deion Sanders, but he’s the best cornerback in the NFL today. Well, when reports surfaced yesterday that the rebuilding Jets will look to trade Revis, Dolphins fans immediately started thinking about Revis wearing Aqua and Orange (or whatever color the new logo ends up being). I’m not going to say it’s 100% not going to happen, but I’d say it’s 99.9% not going to happen.
What is my reasoning behind this? First, the Jets know how good Revis is, he’s the best player on their team. Why would they trade him to a division rival that finished ahead of them in the standings? That would be like the Dolphins trading Cameron Wake last year, when they began to rebuild, to the Patriots. The last notable in-division trade that happened was when the Dolphins sent Wes Welker to the Pats. How’d that work out for the team trading the player?
The second reason is that Revis is always looking for more money. He’s held out on more than one occasion. His current contract voids after the 2013 season and would make him a free agent in the 2014 offseason. His cap hit for this season would be $9 million, which isn’t terrible for the best cornerback in the league, I get that. BUT, you would also have to pay Revis a big contract to make him happy. You would have to sign him to an extension because any team that is trading for Revis, would want more than 1 year from him.
He’s going to be 28 when the 2013 season starts and you would probably have to give him a 4-5 year deal, which would bring him to 32-33, which is usually when players’ production begins to decline. On top of all of that, the Dolphins would probably have to offer up a pretty high draft pick or package of picks to get him. In fact, since it would be an in-division trade, the Dolphins would probably end up having to overpay to get him. It might cost the #12 pick or a package of the 2′s and 3′s the Dolphins have. (cont’d on page 2, click here)