Darrelle Revis Represents a Low-Risk, High-Reward Investment for the Tennessee Titans.
Although Jon Robinson has done an admirable job in creating a solid roster for the Tennessee Titans with few real weaknesses, the Titans should still consider adding a veteran like Darrelle Revis to add depth. During the 2017 offseason, Robinson rebuilt the Titans secondary after the Titans’ abysmal pass defense took the team out of several games in 2016.
To date, Robinson’s rebuild of the Tennessee secondary includes signing safety Johnathan Cyprien, signing cornerback Logan Ryan and drafting first round cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. Behind Ryan and Jackson at cornerback is 2016 fifth rounder LeShaun Sims, which has some Titans fans worried.
Jim Wyatt, senior writer for titansonline.com, notes that the Titans and Dick LeBeau have the utmost confidence in Sims:
"“He is one of our promising young players,’’ Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said of Sims. “I think he has a bright future ahead of him.” … “He has good size, and size and speed is a good combination for a corner, and it’s the reason the Titans drafted him,’’ LeBeau said of Sims. “He displayed that. He’s really worked hard, he has a good work ethic. And the veteran corners have helped him a lot.”"
Sims needs a lot of seasoning to reach his potential, and the Titans likely don’t want to start two very inexperienced corners in Jackson and Sims. Thus, it makes sense to bring in another capable and experienced veteran to match up with third and fourth receivers.
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Revis could provide that veteran presence for the Titans for very little cap space. Though the days of “Revis Island” seem to have come to an end, Revis should still be more than capable of locking down an opposing team’s No. 3 or No. 4 option.
Revis also provides value to the team in experience since he, like Logan Ryan, has played in and won a Super Bowl. He can provide a mentoring presence to Sims, Jackson and Kevin Byard.
In October of 2016, Revis admitted to Kimberly Martin of Newsday that he is “breaking down“, but the Titans wouldn’t put Revis in isolation coverage against other team’s No. 1 receivers as he was last season. As a result, concerns about his age and capability will be silenced.
No other teams seem willing to bite on signing Revis, so the Titans can and should sign him for cheap. The potential rewards of signing Revis certainly outweigh the risk of the meager investment required of the Titans to sign him.
Robinson has undertaken an extensive retooling of the Titans secondary in his short tenure. Signing Revis could be the icing on the cake.