“All-In” Revis Will Spend Offseason In TampaApril 22nd, 2013
Darrelle Revis has sucked all the green blood from his veins and has moved all in as a Buccaneer Man spiritually and physically.
That’s the word this morning from olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, homeless-mistaken, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball-box-score-reading Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame.
In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, King writes of Greg Schiano and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik having secret meetings about the health risk associated with Revis before the duo got in front or Revis’ and demanded his devotion and a response.
So two Bucs doctors, including head team orthopedist John Zvijac and director of sports medicine Todd Toriscelli, pored over recent MRI results on Revis’ left knee, then met with and examined Revis. It went well, a source said, with the doctors satisfied the knee was making good progress. But there are no guarantees for corners coming back from ACL surgeries, and Dominik and Schiano couldn’t know unconditionally that Revis’ knee would recover to the level it was before he was injured last Sept. 23. Dominik, Schiano and the medical staff met for about 30 minutes without Revis, and then the coach and GM went into a private meeting. In that meeting, as Dominik told me Sunday night, “We decided there was not enough risk to not do it. At the end of the day, you trust your doctors to tell you as much as they can, but it’s a decision really that came down to me and Greg. We had to be comfortable with the risk, and I can tell you we are.”
After Dominik and Schiano decided, they met with Revis. The way the contract is structured — $13 million per year, with $1.5 million in annual roster bonuses and $1.5 million in annual offseason workout bonuses — the Bucs wanted Revis to know exactly what was expected in this rehab process. They wanted him to rehab in Tampa, and they wanted him to be a full-time offseason workout guy in Tampa.
“I’m all in,” Revis told them. “I’m a Buccaneer.”
Said Dominik: “You could see how excited he was. The look in his eyes was, ‘Coach, I will not let you down.’ ”
Revis’ reputation is one of being a tireless worker and a supreme leader who commands the respect of teammates. So Revis’ words and actions here don’t surprise Joe.
Perhaps the greatest upside is the no guaranteed money in Revis’ $96 million contract extension signed yesterday. If that doesn’t make money-loving Revis the ultimate Buccaneer Man, then nothing will.