Dealing Revis With An Eye On A QuarterbackMarch 11th, 2014
Yes, Joe’s still angst-ridden about the Bucs’ quarterback situation. It’s painful.
So in the spirit of winning a Super Bowl and having an offense that doesn’t celebrate first downs like they’re special occasions, Joe wants Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Football to be the next Bucs starting quarterback.
If the Bucs could deal Darrelle Revis in a move that directly led to the Bucs landing one of those two quarterbacks, then Joe would be good with a trade. It’s really that simple.
Jettisoning Revis now is unnecessary, and that’s why Joe has a problem with it. Revis is a great player and nobody expects anything less than a superstar season from him this season. He’s an undeniable major difference maker on defense. He changes games by his mere presence. The Bucs can’t duplicate Revis’ impact in 2014, and they can still keep Revis and purchase their edge pass rusher in free agency.
In a 2014 season in which the Bucs are not going to the Super Bowl, Joe would like to see what Revis looks like in Lovie Smith’s defense, while Lovie also evaluates the rest of the Bucs key expensive pieces, Dashon Goldson, etc. That’s the best way to assess Revis’ value.
Joe gets that there may be various sound trades out there for Revis. Joe would look at any deal or series of transactions with an open mind. But outside of landing one of the blue chip rookie quarterbacks, Joe really doesn’t see the clear value in unloading Revis. He is not replaceable.