I know we are all frothing at the mouth at the thought of signing a soon to be released Darrelle Revis when he hits the market Wednesday. I think that is one of the few moves that could literally make me jump for joy this off-season. His price tag will be much smaller than the $16 million average he was getting from Tampa. Early reports are speculating he will get about $12 million per year.
A report came out earlier today that the next best defensive back in this year's Free Agent class may be willing to take less than originally anticipated as well. After turning down a deal from Buffalo for $10 million per year, it was widely speculated that Jairus Byrd wanted to become the highest paid safety in the league. Now, according to James Walker of ESPN, Byrd is looking for a deal averaging $9 million per year. While it is still a lot, Byrd is an elite safety and I think he is worth the price.
Since he turned down potentially more money, my take is that he wants to play for a winner. Indy could be a very attractive option for him.
For Indy, signing Byrd would lessen the blow to the secondary after likely getting outbid for Vontae. An elite coverage safety will allow the Colts to sign one of the second tier CBs available rather than feel pressed to get a #1 and pay too much. Then the Colts could look to pick up a CB early in the draft and groom him to be the new #1.
Only one more day and we will see how it all shakes out. Be it Byrd or Revis, hopefully Grigson pulls out all the stops and decides to bring in some elite talent this time.