Darrelle Revis: A Wanted Man?February 25th, 2014
The Bucs have had — to be polite — a shaky secondary since Ronde Barber last played cornerback. No matter how much rear-view mirror/revisionist history Bucs fans want to peddle, gun-totin,’ helmet-swinging, cabbie-slugging Aqib Talib was nothing more than an average corner with the Bucs. When he wasn’t hurt, even though some Bucs fans tried to make him out to be the second-coming of Night Train Lane, he wasn’t worth all his hassle and baggage and drama and nonsense.
So the Bucs finally have a decent pair of corners in Darrelle Revis and promising second-year man Johnthan Banks. Even Bucs coach Lovie Smith has hinted cornerback isn’t a priority with the Bucs as the draft and free agency are on the horizon.
But that doesn’t mean other teams aren’t trying to pry away one of the Bucs corners, and that would be Revis, is one is to believe the whispers Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports is hearing. LaCanfora claims teams (plural) are gauging the temperature of the Bucs in wanting to trade the All-World corner.
At this stage no one is making offers, and the Bucs haven’t contacted other teams about the Pro Bowl player, and are not shopping him, but talks could certainly progress as we approach the start of the league year next month. Revis makes $16 million this season and counts $16M against the cap (that holds true for every season through 2018), and Tampa has several other tricky contracts to sort through, particularly along the offensive line with an aging and highly paid group, many of whom are nearing the ends of their contracts.
This is the first year of Tampa’s new regime with general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith. They did not acquire Revis and Revis may not the best fit in their new defense, with more Cover-2 principles. Smith has talked about retaining Revis publicly, but as the free agency period begins, teams are seemingly more convinced he could be had via trade. Hence the calls of inquiry.
Whole lotta smoke-blowing there. Hell, Indianapolis has so much smoke in the air this time of the year, you’d think the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was on fire.
You will note in the video Joe posted yesterday, at the 2:14 mark, Lovie noted the defense of the Bucs has key ingredients to build up. One of those, Lovie mentioned specifically, is Revis.
Joe just thinks this is late-February s(p)it-stirring. Unless someone is going to blow off Jason Licht’s shoes, Joe would be surprised if Revis is traded. Then you are basically back to square-one without having a decent cornerback duo.