Lovie’s Good With Revis’ 13 PercentJanuary 7th, 2014
So many have misconstrued Joe’s take on Darrelle Revis. Joe’s not lobbying to ditch the guy. It’s not Joe’s $1 million-per-game, and the Revis is a great player.
Offenses clearly avoided Revis in 2013, and his Pro Bowl nod this season, without a ton of fan votes, helps illustrate the respect he commands. But the question, ‘Is Revis worth it?’ will come up every offseason because Revis has no guaranteed cash in his contract. Every year is a contract year.
The kind of money would evoke scrutiny of any player in any organization, especially a non-quarterback.
Barista-training, pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King, of SI.com and NBC Sports fame, notes in his column today that Revis earns 13 percent of the Bucs potential payroll next season — or more depending on how much the Bucs spend.
King talked to Lovie Smith about Revis and Lovie isn’t thinking about money.
I am glad to hear he doesn’t care if it means Revis will make 13 percent of the cap in 2014—you don’t discard great cover guys in modern football. “We’re trying to get as many good players as possible to win football games,’’ Smith said. “Any coach around would want a Darrelle Revis to be on his roster. We don’t play Cover 2 each snap. There’s a place for a good cover corner. I can’t wait to sit down with Darrelle and talk to him about his game and just kind of see as we go forward how we’re going to do this and win a lot of football games together. That’s all that’s on my mind right now. All those things work themselves out, but you’re right—the game is now more about three receivers on. And yeah, I’ve never been in a situation where we’ve had too many good corners.” Sound like a guy who wants to cut or trade Revis? I think not.
There’s surely no harm in seeing what Revis brings to the table for a season. Lovie isn’t married to the guy. If it doesn’t work well enough to command a $16 million salary, then Lovie can always move on.
What’s most interesting is what the Bucs do at the other cornerback positions. As Lovie states, three receiver sets are commonplace, and Lovie might not be so enamored with Leonard Johnson and Johnthan Banks.