Revis Knows Cowboys And Redskins Are LurkingApril 9th, 2013
So what’s happening in the head of Darrelle Revis?
It’s likely nobody will know anything until Monday, when he’s supposed to report to offseason workouts with the Jets or face stiff financial penalties. The media frenzy in Revis’ face (if he wants to partake) should be amazing.
As Joe brought you this morning, Pat Kirwan says Revis knows he holds all the cards in trade talks. And now former Bucs DE Steve White (1996-2001) dives deeper into Revis’ mindset on his blog. White doesn’t expect Revis to be so quick to take less than the $15 million+ he’s seeking.
Which leads us to the fact that traditionally big free agent spenders like the Cowboys, Redskins and Raiders couldn’t do much this year because of cap problems they probably won’t have next year. If you’re Revis, that means that if you make it to free agency next year the market probably won’t be as depressed as it was this year anyway. It remains to be seen if the Raiders will truly take a different tact and back off the big contracts next year but if I’m Revis why would I expect the Cowboys or Redskins to change?
Pretty much the only danger in holding out for a ridiculous contract from a team that trades for him for Revis would be if he didn’t get traded and ended up not playing at a high level. I think, however, that he would be willing to bet on himself in that way. I certainly would.
There’s more to White’s take, and you can click through above to read the whole thing.
Revis has proven to be a master negotiator. The guy has won two holdout battles with the Jets in six years. He’s not afraid to dig his heels in.
If the Bucs are going to make this trade before the NFL Draft, then there’s really limited time to have Bucs doctors thoroughly examine Revis, and have the Bucs brass negotiate a 2014-and-beyond contract with Revis’ agent.
The Jets are going to have to budge soon. There’s only so much the Bucs can do — or offer — without permission to work with/study Revis.