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Raiders reportedly highly interested in acquiring Darrelle Revis

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

The Raiders and the Browns are both highly interested in cornerback Darrelle Revis according to various reports. Tampa Bay is currently searching for a trading partner to ship Revis and his contract which pays him $16 million per season. With $66 million in cap space, it it makes some sense why the Raiders would be interested in acquiring Revis.

At 28 years old, Darrelle Revis already has 21 interceptions. Next to Richard Sherman, he is the best cornerback in the NFL. Match him up against Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, it doesn't matter; Revis will eliminate their presence from the game. He is the definiton of a shut-down cornerback.

As I wrote Monday, the Raiders have money to offer, not much else. Luckily for the Raiders, Revis wants money; that is why he originally left the Jets to join Tampa Bay. It has become apparent that McKenzie is going to let Jared Veldheer and Lamarr Houston go which saves money to spend. Other elite players such as Jairus Byrd and Michael Johnson are not interested in coming to Oakland. But the Raiders would trade for Revis.

It is a necessity to have a good secondary in the AFC West where Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Alex Smith prey on weaker defenses. Adding Revis to the Raiders secondary would give them a very competitive pass defense that could keep elite Quarterbacks in check. Revis could also mentor D.J. Hayden who showed flashes of potential last year. For the first time since Nnamdi Asomugha, the Raiders would have a cornerback able to matchup with anyone.

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