Revis Not Worth “That Kind Of Money”January 4th, 2014
As Joe wrote earlier, prominent NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport claims Lovie Smith has big plans for Darrelle Revis.
That’s great! But the question that will linger through the opening days of free agency is whether Lovie believes Revis is worth his massive $16 million salary, which is about triple what top free agent cornerbacks earned on the open market last offseason.
One astute student of the NFL says Revis isn’t worth it in Lovie’s defense. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell explained this week that while Lovie mixed up his defenses with the Bears, like any NFL coach, Tampa-2 zone defense was always “their foundation methodology.” For that reason, Revis’ contract is a bad match.
“The issue is not whether Revis as a player fits it, because theoretically Revis, when healthy, fits anything. The question is, in that kind of coverage is it worth paying a cornerback that kind of money? And the answer is, ‘No,’” Cosell said on WHFS-FM 98.7 this week.
Cosell went on to say Revis’ history suggests he will want out of the series of non-guaranteed, one-year deals of $16 million per season. Revis will want the Bucs to re-negotiate a long–term deal with more guaranteed money,” Cosell speculated. Joe has no clue what that could be. Would Revis take a three-year contract for $32 million guaranteed? Regardless, Cosell was adamant the Bucs can do better than Revis at $16 million.
“You could probably get three players for what you are going to pay him. And with the Tampa-2 methodology, you do not need that kind of corner; you do not need to pay a corner that kind of money.”
Cosell has been studying schemes and the NFL for NFL Films for 33-plus years. He very credible, but he does gush over Mike Glennon, so Joe is at least a little skeptical.
Cosell went on to say the core of Lovie’s defense is an effective four-man pass rush and the Bucs don’t have that personnel in place, especially at defensive end. Now Joe can wholeheartedly agree with that.
Joe is sure Lovie wants Revis. What coach wouldn’t? But cash and winning drive the NFL. Lovie could look deeper at what Revis’ money could buy this season — and next season — and drool even more over those possibilities.