Darrelle Revis And The BucsJanuary 25th, 2013
OK, so we learned All-World cornerback Darrelle Revis of the Jets may be on the trading block. It makes all the sense in the world for the Jets. Revis is a free agent after the 2013 season and has a clause in his contract he cannot be franchised.
So if the Jets are going to get something for him they may as well trade him rather than watching him walk away Scot free.
Now that brings up the Bucs, who are desperate for a cornerback like a man stranded in a desert with scant water. Even if the Bucs drafted a corner in the first round, it takes a year or two for a drafted corner to reach his potential. Revis is one of the best. Now.
OK, so Revis is coming off a knee injury which is scary and actually gives Joe pause. But as former Raiders Super Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon, who co-hosts “The Blitz” on NFL Radio with popular sports radio personality Adam Schein, said Thursday morning that any team interested in Revis will certainly work him out and at that time it will be very clear if Revis’ knee is healthy or not.
Joe is all for getting Revis, provided the price is right. But Joe would pretty much demand the Bucs sign Revis to a long-term contract first. Renting him at this point is a joke. The Bucs are not one player away from a Super Bowl. This isn’t like trading for Chucky when a Super Bowl window is about closed. For a Super Bowl window to be open, a team first must at least take a snap in a playoff game. The Bucs right now have no Super Bowl window.
Trading, say, next year’s first round pick, a second pick (any year) and/or the fourth pick from the Patriots for cabbie-slugging, Adderall-popping, helmet-wielding Aqib Talib is OK with Joe, again, provided Revis signs a long-term pact. Keep this year’s first round pick. If the Bucs trade for Revis, the Bucs could also trade down in the first round and recoup one of the spent picks and still get another first-round corner to pair with Revis for the foreseeable future.
As Schein said Thursday, “Should be the Bucs be interested in Darrelle Revis? Of course. Should they make a play for Revis? You damned right.”
Joe agrees, only if the price is right and only if Revis agrees to a contract extension. No contract extension, no Revis, that simple.
Look, Joe knows Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik covets draft picks more than Joe covets the warm embrace of Rachel Watson. So Joe cannot believe Dominik would trade a first-round pick just to rent a player for one year where there are still so many areas that need an upgrade. Such a move would be reckless.