Trading For Darrelle Revis Not That SimpleMarch 21st, 2013
Though Greg Schiano wouldn’t even say his name, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the topic du jour was Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis during his breakfast with the fourth estate yesterday in Arizona.
Though Schiano confessed he couldn’t even speak Revis’ name without fear of being busted for tampering, Schiano cautioned Bucs fans who can’t sleep at night pining for Revis that there are many things to consider, not just how great of a football player Revis is, writes Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
“Well, if it does or doesn’t, I can’t comment on guys under contract with another team,” Schiano said. “I think anything we can do to help improve our football team, we’re going to do. That’s not just as simple as, ‘This player is a good player and let’s get him.’ … There’s short-term thinking, there’s long-term thinking, the grand plan of things.”
Revis is expected to get an average annual salary of $12 million-$13 million from the Buccaneers in a long-term deal if a trade can be consummated, according to sources.
“When you’re dealing with a salary cap, you not only have to plan for a year or two, but you have to plan for four or five years down the road,” Schiano said. “We have a lot of quality young players in our programs that eventually we’re going to want to re-sign, so we have to make sure that we plan prudently.”
Schiano raises a valid point. Sure, the Bucs would love to have Revis. But Josh Freeman’s contract is up after the 2013 season. What happens if he blows up? And if he blows up, logically, that means Mike Williams will have a good year, and he and the Bucs are already talking a new contract.
Then, just around the corner, Gerald McCoy’s contract is up.
Those three contracts can easily eat up tens of millions of dollars.
Life would be so simple if Freeman would play like a mid-first round pick, huh?
Also, Mehta writes he has learned that Revis would be OK signing a long-term contract if the Bucs are his suitor, which could cost some $12 million annually.