Revis Knows Cowboys And Redskins Are Lurking

April 9th, 2013

So what’s happening in the head of Darrelle Revis?

It’s likely nobody will know anything until Monday, when he’s supposed to report to offseason workouts with the Jets or face stiff financial penalties. The media frenzy in Revis’ face (if he wants to partake) should be amazing.

As Joe brought you this morning, Pat Kirwan says Revis knows he holds all the cards in trade talks. And now former Bucs DE Steve White (1996-2001) dives deeper into Revis’ mindset on his blog. White doesn’t expect Revis to be so quick to take less than the $15 million+ he’s seeking.

Which leads us to the fact that traditionally big free agent spenders like the Cowboys, Redskins and Raiders couldn’t do much this year because of cap problems they probably won’t have next year. If you’re Revis, that means that if you make it to free agency next year the market probably won’t be as depressed as it was this year anyway. It remains to be seen if the Raiders will truly take a different tact and back off the big contracts next year but if I’m Revis why would I expect the Cowboys or Redskins to change?

Pretty much the only danger in holding out for a ridiculous contract from a team that trades for him for Revis would be if he didn’t get traded and ended up not playing at a high level. I think, however, that he would be willing to bet on himself in that way. I certainly would.

There’s more to White’s take, and you can click through above to read the whole thing.

Revis has proven to be a master negotiator. The guy has won two holdout battles with the Jets in six years. He’s not afraid to dig his heels in.

If the Bucs are going to make this trade before the NFL Draft, then there’s really limited time to have Bucs doctors thoroughly examine Revis, and have the Bucs brass negotiate a 2014-and-beyond contract with Revis’ agent.

The Jets are going to have to budge soon. There’s only so much the Bucs can do — or offer — without permission to work with/study Revis.

32 Responses to “Revis Knows Cowboys And Redskins Are Lurking”

  1. BIG SIR Says:

    Steve White does realize the Cowboys just drafted Morris Claiborne and signed Brandon Carr to a hefty contract right?

    Redskins are a legit contender though.

  2. Keith Says:

    Carr’s guaranteed money is finished after this season. So the Cowboys would be in play if Carr isn’t dominant.

  3. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Let the cowgirls and skins have him. Move on.

  4. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Contracts are down and will stay depressed for the forseeable future. I think the combination of Revis’ knee, unknown 2013 season performance and the huge distraction that will surround him this season if he stays with the Jets, coupled with a long-term depressed free agent market that most analysts agree has arrived, should give Revis pause in thinking he can simply hold out for a Redskins or Cowboys payday. That’s a huge risk and while he is definitely a hard & smart negotiator he doesn’t strike me as a gambler.

  5. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    In addition to what I just said, remember also that Revis is only scheduled to make $6 million this year. He’s always been about maximizing his annual income and not wasting even a single season in that pursuit. Why would he leverage himself into a situation with an unknown outcome (ie waiting for next season and the Redskins/Cowboys), when he can go to the Bucs this year and increase his $6 million salary for 2013 to somewhere in the $12-$15 million range? You think as smart a negotiator as Revis is that he’s going to simply throw $6-$9 million in the trash for some low-probability unguaranteed potential situation next year? I don’t think so.

  6. Drew Says:

    Who cares… Draft a couple of Cornerback’s and leave Revis on Revis island. Tell the Jet’s to F O and move on.

  7. BIG SIR Says:

    Plus cowboys would have to do a whoooole lot of cutting and restructuring to fit Revis in. Cowboys are not likely. Dolphins are more likely than the Cowboys.

  8. Mr. Patrick Says:

    Buc, PLEASE, just walk away from all of this. The guy is or was very good, but is not worth all of the picks, cash, drama, distraction and general pain in the ass that he is and will be. Fans are seeing Revis Island as Fantasy Island, but it will turn out to be more like Gilligan’s Island.

  9. Andrew 1 Says:

    if we do pull this trade off we are going to end up getting raped… twice. once by the jets in terms of steep compensation, and once by Revis in terms of a ridiculously huge contract that hes going to demand. so ask yourself, is it worth it? IMO HELL NO!!!

  10. MarineBucsFan Says:

    LOL @ Mr. Patrick, that was good. I disagree but a good read.

  11. Andrew 1 Says:

    and for all those people making the argument that we could never get CB as good as Revis in in this draft need to put the crystal ball down and stop pretending to be a psychic. May I remind you that Revis was NOT viewed as the great CB that he would eventually become when he was drafted in the 2007 NFl draft. infact he was only taken with the 14th pick by the jets, which hardly a premier pick and is only one spot behind what we have right now. he wasnt even picked in the top 10!!!
    so my point is, you never know. if we do draft a CB in the first round, he could end up being better than Revis.

  12. Andrew 1 Says:

    its not like he was drafted number 1 overall or even considered a sure bet back in 2007.

  13. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Just read that the trade went down on ESPN…

  14. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Make that the ESPN Comments section…

  15. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Untrue… carry on

  16. Nate Says:

    JUST WALK AWAY hes not worth it..

  17. Sneedy16 Says:

    To be honest I would just leave Revis alone until after the draft. I would make getting Milliner my top concern. If They can get him without trading away too much then I’m all for it, then they can pick up another CB in the 3rd. I’m pretty sure that the 2nd will be package to trade up.

  18. bucfever40 Says:

    I’m over this! I KNEW the media (who wants to help the Jets) has to report that there’s OTHER teams looking into the Revis sweepstakes, SCREW IT, back off and concentrate on utilizing your #13 pick, do not appease Idzik to make this happens, they either accept our #13 pick and ONLY pick, or we walk! AND this should be conditional on being able to have his gimp knee checked out by the Bucs medical staff, if they feel he’s going to be anything less than 100% of the Revis of yesteryear, I say thanks, but no thanks. The Bucs can’t afford to mortgage part of their future on a guy that may not be any better (because of knee) than what we can get in the draft OR FA. Let them bring in as many teams as they want to pressure the Bucs making a decision, that tells us they are either desperate or feel the Bucs are a team that will do anything for a premiere player with Revis’s credentials, they really don’t respect the Bucs, and they are, after all the Jets of New York, whoopi freakin doo!

  19. Marques Says:


    Quit trying to reinvent the wheel.

    Revis is not worth more then a 4th round pick under the current circumstances.

    You are not one player away from the Superbowl.

    I urge the Glazers to step in and tell him to walk away from this deal and draft the best player available in the draft.

    If somehow he trades away our (yes our -the fans) first round pick in any year for Revis. He should be fired.

    It’s that simple. We don’t tolerate stupdity around here.

    Be patient and build through the draft.

  20. T in Orlando Says:

    @ Sneedy

    I’m all for leaving Revis be, however I must disagree with Draft strategy. I don’t think we should (nor will) use the first 3 picks this year on 2 rookie CBs.

    I don’t think Dominick will give up more than one of our 4ths to move up, and that would mean (using last year as the example), we wouldn’t be able to get much higher than 10th, and highly unlikely Milliner will drop to 10 (although if he does, I’m all for the move to get him, if it only costs one of our 4ths or less to do so).

    I think, assuming we don’t have Revis by the time the draft starts, Dominick would like to trade back 2-5 spots, pick up an extra 3rd – 5th pick, draft a guy like Trufant, then use our 2nd and one of the extra picks from rounds 3-5 (we already have one extra 4th), and try to get into the bottom of the first. He’s mentioned his preference of 1st round picks from a contractual standpoint.

    I guess that would be too much like last year.

  21. Charlie B Says:

    ESPN Comments section is reliable…

  22. Bucnjim Says:

    I’m sure the Bucs have an offer in that is already more than he’s worth (Current 2013 market value) for CB’s. The problem is the Jets while trying to save face with an already disgruntled fan base are setting the price to where no one wants him. You know its bad when the Redskins, Cowboys & Raiders are silent. Those three will take on ANYONE with past success even when they have cap issues. It’s probably not a great sign that the Bucs are the ONLY team (so far) to show interest.

  23. truebucfan Says:

    @Buc Fan #213
    Please provide a link

  24. raphael Says:

    lol @ bucfan 238

  25. Oldguy Says:

    I am beginning to suspect that Revis is a malcontent who is never happy. Not a team man. Leave him be. Look elsewhere. Stop the craziness.

  26. Anzac Buc Says:

    You make a good point Joe. There are advantages of paying him more next year if there are other teams chasing him – there will be proof that he is over the acl injury so its a smaller gamble – and we get to retain our draft picks. Seems like it would be worth paying more to keep the premium picks if thats how it plays out. @Andrew1 makes a good point also although Revis was not the player he is now in his rookie year. CB’s take time to develop. Taking a CB at #13 is no silver bullet in the absence of experience.

  27. raphael Says:

    just trade up and draft Milliner and be done with it….that dude is gonna be an awesome CB

  28. passthebuc Says:

    The only other reason the Buc;s would consider Revis, at his price, assuming he could be had for just a first, would be to trade him next year for a first and a 2nd. So basically they get him for 1 year, develop some other talent and move him next year. Risky move.

  29. T in Orlando Says:

    @ Passthebuc

    If the Bucs got Revis, and he performed well enough to merit a 1 and 2 in 2014, and then Dom made such a trade when Revis would be 29 and have 3-4 years left on a contract, he would be chased out of Tampa.

  30. T in Orlando Says:

    Just read on PewterReport that the Bucs are having internal debates on whether or not to offer any 1st round pick, 2013 or 2014. I really hope that among all the reports, this one is the closest one to being true. I’d like to see Revis on the team, but do not want to give up too much in terms of draft picks to get him. I was originally thinking this years 3rd, and next years 3rd that could become a 2nd based on games played (I think 12-14 should do it), and a 1st based on Pro Bowl by Revis or playoffs by Tampa.

    If he plays, and plays well, I’d be willing to pay the higher price next year. I don’t like the idea Bucs giving up a 1st rounder and more, then assuming all the risk on the injury.

  31. upthegut Says:

    Keep the picks, put the money into other players. Too risky…if he isn’t content he will hold out on us and have all the leverage as we gave up too much to get him in both market value (picks) and salary cap room. Dominick will be held hostage because if Revis holds in in 2014, 15 or later he will look the fool for giving up the farm for him. Therefore he will give in to Revis’ demands and we will be suffering this decision for a decade. Don’t do it Dom.
    Revis – go to your island and stay the hell away from our bay!

  32. kh Says:

    Beyond Claiborne and Carr – the Cowboys are going to be having cap problems for the foreseeable future thanks to that Romo extension and a number of other big money contracts for aging stars like Demarcus Ware.