It’s Wait ‘Til Next Year For Revis’ KneeDecember 7th, 2013
Bucs fans won’t see every last inch of talent this season within the most expensive player in Bucs history.
Darrelle Revis is now resigned to the fact his surgically-repaired knee won’t get back to where he wants it until 2014.
Speaking on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620 Thursday, Revis talked about his frustration.
“It’s doing fine. It’s getting stronger. I’m not there. I’m just not there yet, which is kind of frustrating for me sometimes because of the type of player and competitor I am,” Revis said. “But I know in due time it will be 100 percent and I’ll be ready to really rock and roll and get things right. It’s still not no excuse; I’m out there playing. You know I’m trying to help this team win as best I can. But at the same time, I’ll worry about that, I’ll worry about my knee later on. I’m here for the team and here to finish out this year strong.”
Revis was one of the Bucs’ big health gambles of 2013, one of four impact players returning from surgery, including Adrian Clayborn, Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks.
Did the Bucs get a good deal with Revis? So far, so good. Revis has been extremely good and durable, though not his usual All-World self. With teams game-planning away from him, he’s changed the entire defense for the better. And his presence has brought a lot more work Johnthan Banks’ way, making him a better player, in addition to the steady tutelage to Banks that Revis provides.
Joe’s heard same fans speculate about the chances the Bucs trade Revis and his $16-million-per-year contract in the offseason to free up cash and recoup a draft pick. Joe sure that’s never going to happen.
Even if Greg Schiano was replaced, what new head coach in his right mind wouldn’t want a healthy, still-young Revis on his team? Unless the Bucs chase an expensive veteran quarterback this offseason, such as bratty Jay Cutler, they’ll have plenty of salary cap room to pay Revis and all the talent they need to win in 2014.