The man who came to define “ultimate cover corner” in the 2000’s is available. The question is where will Darrelle Revis land in this 2017 NFL season? And could the new destination of “Revis Island” be Miami and the Dolphins?
Here’s what we know in the short term: Revis was released by the Jets earlier this off-season (his second tour of duty with the club that drafted him), but is still slated to get $6 million guaranteed, if no one else picks him up this year. More on the financial component in a bit.
Primarily, does he want to play this season? That’s an obvious, yes. He continues to work out and from every report is in playing shape waiting for a call/camp invite, etc. Even though he’s from Pennsylvania originally and played college ball at Pitt, Revis lives most of the time in the off-season in South Florida.
Revis became the standard by which all other DBs were judged recently, as his Jets career unfolded from 2007-2012 being named All-Pro three times and making the Pro Bowl four times in that span. However, his nomadic journey of the last five years began with Revis tearing his ACL, ironically, against the Dolphins, in October of 2012.
That led the Jets to being willing to listen to offers for Revis and the Buccaneers ended up pulling off the blockbuster trade for him just before the 2013 Draft and giving him a new team friendly six year $96 million dollar contract. That deal made Revis the highest paid defensive player in the league. The reason it was so team friendly is the deal was not guaranteed and actually, was a series of six $16 million dollar contracts that the Bucs could simply walk away from, if they wanted.
He played a “so-so” season in Tampa Bay in 2013 rehabbing and trying to get the injured knee back to full speed. The Bucs fired the coaching staff and GM Mark Dominik, who did the the deal. Then, the new regime’, led by Jason Licht, tried to restructure a deal with Revis, but ultimately, they released him.
That’s where his journey brought him back to the AFC East, and the New England Patriots. Revis signed on for a one year deal with an option in 2014, made the Pro Bowl and won a Superbowl ring with Belichick and Co.
But the Pats did not pick up is 2015 option, making him free to rejoin the Jets, which he did signing another massive deal that included $39 million guaranteed.
After a solid 2015 season, where he made the Pro Bowl again, Revis finally showed signs of slipping a year ago at age 31 and had sub-par season by any standard. He allowed an opponent QB rating of 91.7 on throws against him, when his career average had been nearly half of that. New York released him on the verge of free agency beginning in March, but the language in his deal has the Jets on the hook for $6 million, if he doesn’t sign anywhere else.
So now, comes the intrigue and particularly for the Dolphins.
Even though there have been reports that the Eagles are interested, clearly Revis knows the AFC East best. And also, clearly, the Dolphins have already taken steps in free agency to enhance what was a playoff team a year ago. Revis would be a veteran upgrade over Byron Maxwell, Tony Lippett, Xavien Howard, etc. and the Fins could probably get him by matching the $6 million the Jets owe him some way in 2017.
They could also get creative under the cap and give him more guaranteed money in the off season that could be put on the 2018 and beyond salary cap.
Another concern is that Revis turns 32 next week, but no team is looking at him as a long term solution. He’s clearly an experienced short term option.
He’s working out locally, and he could be an addition that knows the AFC East inside and out to help. Now, we find out if Miami is really that interested.
Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine
The NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway in Indianapolis this week and on Monday morning, one of the prized quarterbacks that will be available early in the first round of the draft was there for official measurements and to meet with teams.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, whose season ended with a fractured hip last November, is on the road to recovery and he was officially measured and also, met with numerous teams that are looking at the possibility of drafting him:
Tua Tagovailoa measured at 6-0, 217 pounds at the NFL combine today. Left throwing hand at 10”
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) February 24, 2020
In addition to not only the injured hip, but also a history of high ankle sprain problems, Tagovailoa has got to answer critics on his size. At just 6 – 0 feet there will be concerns about his ability to clearly see downfield through the massive bodies on NFL Sundays.
However, this can be combated by moving him around out of the pocket and that’s something that Alabama was successful at doing over his three years as well.
As we wrote recently, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering a fractured hip on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and then, their Citrus Bowl win January 1st, over Michigan
He came to Alabama from Hawaii and the same high school as Marcus Mariota, having thrown for over 8,000 yards which at that time was a Hawaii High School record. And, he had a career of 84 passing and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.
Tua burst onto the scene nationally, when he relieved Jalen Hurts in the second half and overtime of Alabama’s thrilling title game win over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass on the first overtime possession, as Alabama celebrated their fifth National Title in nine seasons under Saban.
In his second season at the helm in the 2018 regular season, Tagovailoa was named second-team AP All-American and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the Tide reached the National Title game, again, before being beaten soundly by Clemson 12 months ago.
As this junior season unfolded, Tagovailoa was named almost became synonymous with the Dolphins, who started the season horribly at 0 – 7 and the moniker “Tank for Tua” began to gain momentum in South Florida.
Tagovailoa is obviously on the Dolphins list to look at strongly to select in the top five in the draft and currently, Miami is slated to pick fifth.
It is expected that Tagovailoa will work out for teams probably later in March or maybe even, early April at the Tide’s facility in Tuscaloosa, prior to the NFL draft coming to Las Vegas.
Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday
Former UCLA coach and recently promoted Dolphins assistant Karl Dorrell is headed back to college, as the new head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.
The school confirmed Dorrell’s hire on Sunday evening with a five-year contract to take over their Big 12 program:
We'd like to officially introduce you to our new HC, Karl Dorrell.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) February 23, 2020
The Buffaloes have been seeking a head coach since there coach Mel Tucker abruptly left to take the Michigan State job earlier this month.
Dorrell came to the dolphins with Brian Flores this past season, as wide receiver coach and earlier last week was promoted to assistant head coach for the upcoming season. Miami’s top receiver, DeVante Parker, blossomed under Dorrell’s tutelage as the year went on. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns becoming the favorite target of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Dorrel is the latest Dolphins assistant on the move. Flores fired the offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea he brought with him from New England. And, his defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left to take the same job with the Giants.
Dorrell had also been the Dolphins receivers coach, previously from 2008 – 10 and then, their quarterbacks coach in 2011 under the late Tony Sparano.
“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” George said. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.”
The CU Board of Regents still have to approve Dorrell’s contract, which will be $18 million for five seasons.
Dorrell had previously been on Colorado staffs two other times in his career, including most recently as offensive coordinator under Rick Neuheisel from 1995- 98.
Dorrell was named head coach of his alma mater UCLA in 2003, where he lasted five seasons and went to a bowl game every year finishing with a career 35 – 27 record before being fired after the 2007 season.
Dorrell had previously been receivers coach for the New York Jets 2015 – 18 under Todd Bowles (above) and two of his receivers had made the Pro Bowl during his time there.
Colorado picked Dorrell from an interview process that also included former Buffaloes player and Kansas City Super Bowl offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, who interviewed and was under strong consideration.