Puzzled By Expected Revis DisposalMarch 11th, 2014
Normally, Joe would be geeked today because, though history suggests it is Fool’s Gold, free agency is sort of like Christmas in March for NFL fans.
But Joe just cannot shake the depression of the explosive news last night that the Bucs are seriously considering cutting — cutting! — all-world corner Darrelle Revis.
For every person that says Revis’ contract is too heavy, Joe points to the 2012 near-NFL record the Bucs set by having the most galling of gutless pass defenses Joe has ever seen. Last year, with a hobbled Revis returning from surgery, the Bucs improved from a near-NFL all-time worst, to No. 17 in passing yards allowed — with virtually no pass rush to speak of.
And that was because of Revis. Now 100 percent, imagine what he would be like even with an improved pass rush?
But it seems the Bucs are not willing to shave salaries elsewhere, and instead, with to throw Revis in a trash dump tomorrow if they cannot trade him. Joe just cannot wrap his mind around this and it seems Greg Bedard, the X’s and O’s guru of theMMQB.com, is totally lost on the Bucs’ desire to wash their hands of Revis at all costs.
First of all, I don’t understand why the new regime of coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht is dead set on parting ways with cornerback Revis. Yes, I know he makes $16 million per season. But if the market is $9.75 million for a player like Sam Shields, who has been good to this point and the Packers are banking on him being great in that deal, Revis is worth at least $13 million – and that $16 million will look better as the cap increases toward the final year in 2018. I could understand not wanting to pay another player that much if you had a star quarterback commandeering most of the cap, but the Bucs don’t have that, and if they find that guy in the draft, they’re still years away from having to pay a franchise quarterback contract. And despite appearances, Revis is a scheme fit. Smith has said that the team will rise and fall by how they play man to man. And Revis is still, by far, the best man coverage cornerback in the game. Why not give it at least one year to see if he’s worth the money?
Joe simply does not understand this either, and fans that seem to be jumping on the bandwagon for this apparently do not remember just how horrid that Bucs pass defense was in 2012. In a division with Drew Brees, Matty Ice and Cam Newton, you are going to throw off the roster at worst the second-best corner in the NFL?
Hope Bucs fans stock up on TUMS this fall. Joe already is wanting to heave.