Revis Question Looms LargeJanuary 1st, 2014
So how would lockdown cornerback Darrelle Revis fit into new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith’s notorious Tampa-2 defense?
It’s hard to imagine paying $16 million for a cornerback in a zone-based system. The Bucs could part ways at any time with Revis without a salary cap penalty, a move that would provide massive flexibility to a new regime.
This is a very intriguing situation.
According to reports at the time of the Revis trade, the Bucs only must give up their 2014 third-round pick to the Jets if Revis is on the Bucs roster on the third-day of the league year in March, otherwise it’s a fourth-round pick. So, if the Bucs trade or cut Revis, they would recoup the third-rounder and have a massive pile of cash to go shopping — in addition to the massive pile of cash they already have available.
For example (keyword, “example”), the Bucs could probably sign 2014 Pro Bowl cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Aqib Talib for less than what Revis would cost, and they’d get the extra draft picks.
The Revis trade in April was a win-now move for the blitz-happy New Schiano Order defense, but it may not be viewed as such by Smith and his eventual general manager.
Of course, Smith would always get creative and find ways for Revis to be more effective than he ever was with the Jets. But who knows?
Joe likes Revis and was impressed by what he offered, outside of a couple of apparent loafs in the season finale in New Orleans. Smith, however, might have other ideas one what it will take to bring the Bucs a ferocious defense — and Smith will get what he wants this offseason.