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February 26, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
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Tampa Bay Trading Revis Would Be A Mistake

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A recent report by CBS Sports Insider Jason La Canfora said that teams have inquired about trading for Bucs Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. PewterReport.com shares our thoughts on why parting ways with Revis isn't the best idea for the franchise.
When Lovie Smith stood at the podium back in January after being hired as the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and talked about his Cover 2 defensive scheme, he attempted to silence those who questioned if cornerback Darrelle Revis could – or would – fit in his scheme.

“There’s a reason why we have Tampa-2 associated to one of our coverages, but I just want you to know, especially [in reference to cornerback] Darrelle Revis, we don’t play Cover-2 every snap,” Smith said. “We have a place for a great cover corner that’s physical and can do all things.

“But there’s a reason why Darrelle Revis is one of the best football players in this game. We’re excited about getting our hands on him and putting him in a position to make plays.”

Now, less than two months later, recent reports suggest that the Buccaneers could be willing to part ways with Revis.

On Tuesday, CBSSports.com Insider Jason La Canfora wrote, “Teams are exploring dealing for Bucs corner Darrelle Revis according to league sources, with some believing there is a good chance he will be dealt by the start of the league year.

During the combine, sources from several teams began reaching out to the Bucs about the possibility they might deal corner Darrelle Revis, and rival executives believe a deal could be possible.

At this stage no one is making offers, and the Bucs haven't contacted other teams about the Pro Bowl player, and are not shopping him, but talks could certainly progress as we approach the start of the league year next month. Revis makes $16 million this season and counts $16M against the cap (that holds true for every season through 2018), and Tampa has several other tricky contracts to sort through, particularly along the offensive line with an aging and highly paid group, many of whom are nearing the ends of their contracts.”


On one hand, dealing Revis makes some sense on the surface. With a $16 million dollar cap hit the Buccaneers could certainly use that money to sign a couple of high-priced potential veteran free agents to address serious needs, like Vikings defensive end Jared Allen or the Panthers Greg Hardy, and would free up money to work towards re-signing some of their own soon-to-be free agents that include linebackers Dekoda Watson, Jonathan Casillas and even role players such as fullback Erik Lorig. Gerald McCoy is entering the final year of his original rookie contract and the Bucs will most likely attempt to re-sign their best defensive lineman to a new deal before the season starts, and having Revis’ cap money would only help.

The problem with trading Revis is now, all of a sudden, cornerback becomes a pressing need. Regardless of how Revis was used last season, the former Defensive Player of the Year was easily the Buccaneers best defensive back, and while even at less than 100 percent, still recovering from offseason ACL surgery, Revis was a dominant corner who shut down half of the field just by his presence. Revis helped the Buccaneers secondary move from the 32nd ranked pass defense in 2012 to the NFL’s 17th best unit last year.

The next issue is where does his replacement come from? Now it means the Bucs' No. 7 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft would most likely have to be a cornerback. And while Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert is a fine player (currently rated the top CB prospect) there are no guarantees he comes in and plays anywhere near the level that Revis would. Last season's top cornerbacks Dee Milliner, Xavier Rhodes and Desmond Trufant struggled in their first year in the NFL, and an argument could be made that Bucs rookie Johnthan Banks was the best performing rookie cornerback last season, and still struggled at times. One member of the previous regime told PewterReport.com last season that other than quarterback, no position has a harder time adjusting to the NFL than a cornerback.

And lastly, drafting a player to replace a player that you surrendered a No. 1 draft pick for, in a sense, means you are now potentially spending two No. 1 picks to fill the position. And again, you are replacing a proven top-flight cornerback with someone you hope can fill the shoes of Revis. In 2013, Revis, even with a knee not fully recovered, still managed to be selected to the Pro Bowl after finishing the season with 50 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and 11 pass breakups.

While his on the field play was stellar, it could be argued his impact inside the defensive back meeting room was just as important. Players like Banks, Danny Gorrer, Dashon Goldson and Leonard Johnson often raved last season about the benefit of having Revis’ leadership around them during the season. Revis, like wide receiver Vincent Jackson, are known as meticulous practice players and film junkies. You can’t just go grab someone like that everyday in free agency or in the draft.

There is no question $16 million is a ton of money and in the grand scheme of things, and pecking order of NFL cornerbacks, it is probably double what the value of a top five cornerback is worth. However, with the salary cap expected to settle somewhere between $132-135 million it means the Buccaneers would still have approximately $18.5 million in available cap space, even before reworking the contracts of some of the offensive linemen that is expected to take place before training camp.

Smith and new general manager Jason Licht have given no indication that they have a desire to part ways with Revis. Maybe the reports were just rumors started by rival general managers or media members looking for a headline. The bottom line is, Darrelle Revis is a benefit to the Buccaneers and trading him for anything less than a king’s ransom makes little sense at this point. In a division with the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, having top cornerbacks is a must. At the very least, while you are in a favorable salary cap situation, see how things play out for one year. Maybe Revis isn’t the best fit for Smith’s defensive scheme, but if he leaves you will never know what kind of impact he might have had.

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    Trade Revis ASAP! Here are the very good CB free agents available this year: Alterraun Verner, Capt. Munnerlyn,, Sam Shields, D. Rodgers-Cromartie, Vonte Davis, Charles Tillman, Chris Cook. All were paid less than $5M this past year. Kino is right...too many get enamored by one player. And, as many of us said before the Bucs signed Revis last year, the Bucs could have signed 3 (yes 3) very good CBs last year for the $16M they paid Revis!
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    I hope they don't trade him I agree that it would be a terrible idea to trade him. he was our shutdown corner last year every teams number one wide receiver only got about 4 receptions a game. huge mistake to trade darrelle revis.
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    Trade or release Revis and loose the 4th rd pick and you will save 16 mill.in cap. Its that easy a no brainier. I think this is a good year to start trading down to pick up much needed draft picks. If we have any more over paid players lets dump them too like the WR williams. No more foolish FA spending . Lets build from the draft.
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    KINDERRT: You presented a different scenario than just trading Revis for the sake of saving cap space and acquiring additional draft choices. If I understand you correctly; you are assuming we trade # 24 for a first and a third draft choice. But those choices are from 1 to 32 in the rounds and carry different values. You then assume that we would take the extra first round choice and couple it with our own first round choice and swap them for a single choice (maybe even first overall) for Clowney. Essentially giving up one of the best players at his position and a first round draft pick for I guy some, including Scubog are questioning. Not me. Now if you tell me we can trade a now healthy Revis for what we gave up for him plus a little something to sweeten the deal I might consider it. No way I trade up for any player this year. Sit at # 7 and see what shakes out. I'm more inclined to trade down a little this year.
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    pinkstob....Sorry about that I hit the send button before I was ready. To answer the who would trade Clowney question, I believe the Rams will and it's not a given the Texans take him as he has some issues with work ethic and they need a QB not to mention that Clowney is a luxury pick as they have JJ Watt. There have been a few top players that have dropped in the draft for many reasons, remember Sapp.
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    Kinderrt u r correct........... As I said last year !! Btw I just heard Chris Landry who knows more than any of us by far, basically fall in line with Kinderrt and disagree with big mouth I'm wrong all the time Dumig and I don't know much NFL south blogger Pat Y ; as well as 90 percent of the Revis is our teamers on this post.Oh well it keeps it fun !!
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    pinkstob....Let me say also that I usually agree with you but in my mind if you get what we gave for Revis, a first and a third I would trade that for Clowney then use our other first and get BPA. Then with the say about 14mil that is left after paying for another first rounder I would use that excess money to pick up the FA's necessary to fill in three to four holes that are on this team. This is possible I believe if we find a team FOOLISH enough to give back what Dominik paid for Revis. Revis was traded for with the idea of a WIN NOW mode. This year is not a win now theme. We have to give Licht and Lovie at least a year or more like two years to get the people in place that they need to win long term. Two years from now Revis will be pushing close to 31and we should be looking for an upgrade. The problem is that Dominik overpaid for Revis so I say again if we can find a GM as FOOLISH as Dominik to trade for him you should jump at it.
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    Kinderrt, you are not presenting a realistic scenario. What team on God's green earth would give up Clowney (which it may take the 1st overall pick to make sure you get him), a 3rd round pick in this great draft class and 16 million dollars for Revis? I can't think of any player in the league who's worth all that. Clowney is going to be unstoppable unless you commit two players to him on every snap and run away from him in the run game like teams did last year.
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    B Grimes,S Smith and K Lewis is not quanity for quality, it is three stud to very good corners vs Revis.You people get enamored with one player and if last years defense didn't wake you up that one player doesn't mean crap at 16 mil when you cant afford to fill other gaping holes.The 1st and third are in addition to the three listed above and you can take one out and insert M Bennett if you wish because I assure you M Bennett would have helped this defense last year more than Revis.Its depth, cap flexibility,injury insurance,insufficient talent replacement and Five Players for one; not a first and a third round pic!!.Anybody that has mentioned giving up Revis for a draft pick or two is just slightly ignorant because they know that's not the case and they are enamored with a single player.Having a stud does not make up for a weak link just ask J Banks , he got abused and it didn't matter how good the other 10 played he just wasn't quite there yet.I love having Revis but we are gonna have a hard time filling other positions with above avg nfl talent with him on the roster at 16 mil.Nicks and Joesph will be interesting......... sign David now to long term for lil below market if the cba allows it
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    Typical offseason reporter grasping at straws for a story. The Bucs 4-12 season was fully the Offenses making. How many times did the offense have a lead going into the 2nd half only to score 3 points or less.
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    scubog...I agree with what you say most of the time but I disagree this time as I believe that you are looking at two draft picks as a gamble and they are. If you could work a deal for Clowney and get your third back and have an extra 16mil to make a few extra moves to get better players in FA I think you have to make that trade. Revis will be 29 before the season starts this year, IMHO if we can get value now and build the team for the future you have to make that trade. I think that would be the thinking of a GM to build for the future.
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    You have it absolutely right Pinkstob. Some want quantity over quality. Two average players being better in their mind than one super star. Many fans simply want more draft choices so they can sit in front of their TV on Draft Day and get excited when the Bucs are on the clock more frequently. Who needs Viagra? Me, I'd much rather take the head cheerleader to the Prom than two girls from the clarinet section in the band.
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    We need to wait and see what a healthy Revis can do for us this year. Unless some team offers something ridiculous like a 1st and 2nd round pick for him there is no way we trade him. Great corners are rare in this league and shut down corners are almost impossible to find. Lovie is a smart guy and he will figure out a way to maximize Revis's abilities. As long as Revis is on this team and healthy, we wont be running a Tampa 2 that often. Revis's contract is structured so we can cut or trade him at any time with no cap implications. If we want more cap money this year then we need to focus on our O-line. We need to cut Penn or restructure his contract. There are 3 or 4 good LT free agents we could get for the same price or cheaper (Albert, Collins, Oher, or Veeldheer) or we could just draft his replacement with our 1st pick. I just dont like being commited to drafting a LT in the 1st round incase someone falls to us. We need to sign Mack (C) and move Zuttah back to guard. He can fill in for Nicks incase he doesnt make it back. If Nicks makes it back them move him to left guard and cut Joseph and save 6 mil. We also need to sign one of the top 5 DE's in free agency.
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    Doc Sparticus I was relaying that number from memory so if you found a reliable source that shows his official 40 time as 4.38 then my bad for the bad info. I agree with EastEndBody and BleedOrange78 as the discussion continued. I don't understand some of the Buc fanbase when it comes to quality and quantity. The prevailing argument seems to be quantity over quality. Yeah, Revis only emliminates one guy but if you trade him for 3 guys that can't cover anyone what have you truly gained? Yeah you have 3 new guys (FA or draftees) but none of them can shut anyone down so now Brees and Newton and throw or run wherever they want (2012). Like a few others said, who cares what he costs if we're not up against the cap and we only need to re-sign McCoy? Those that point to the difference in the record between 2012 and 2013 and say Revis didn't help just don't fully understand NFL football. We played better teams in 2013 and had the worst offense in the league and were still close in many games thanks to the defense. Oh, and Revis wasn't even 100%! If we had that 2012 secondary playing last year we wouldn't never won a game and lost most games by 3 touchdown deficits.
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    He should stay unless some GM goes all Ditka on us.
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    Ok, I have read the article and read the posts, so here is my take on Revis he is a top 3 corner in this league who makes alot of money but when you are trying to build a sound defense you have to have some veteran leadership which this team desperately lacks on both sides of the ball. Revis makes alot of money in salary but $0 in guaranteed money which is the better way to go anyway due to his injury if he were to get hurt again and we cut him we lose nothing, Revis does so the gamble favors the Bucs. We are going to be around 20 mil in cap money with only McCoy Contract that needs to get done so no biggie, the trade option for draft picks is ludicrous and stupid haven't fans realized how many times in the past that trading proven players for rookies is a mistake? Hold onto Revis because i f we start Banks and a rookie at corner this yr you will see the 2012 season all over again where opposing qb's were setting records against us
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    100% agree with jongruden. To be a Pro Bowl corner in that circus defence we played last year says a lot of how good he is. Put him surrounded by Shermans defence/coaching and I have no doubt Revis is still best corner in the league.
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    It makes for a nice article, but really you cannot conceive of a trade that would be worthwhile? If he was worth a No. 1 and 3 when recovering from injury, what is he worth now having recovered and made the pro bowl? I am not saying a trade will happen nor that anyone would give that compensation, but it is premature to pass judgement on a trade that is not in the works and where no offers are pending.
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    The claims that it makes sense to trade Revis for basically peanuts unless he restructures his contract are ridiculous. If another team offers SEVERAL high draft picks, then yes, you listen and consider. That would be true of any player on the roster. However, it is plain ignorant to think that addition by subtract is a good idea this year. Additional draft picks are not a guarantee of increased performance at whatever position - it's hit or miss and we've missed a lot over the last several years. So, you don't eliminate quality players unless the deal is so overwhelming good that you can't refuse (why are people fixated on that damn third round pick...3rd, or even 2nd round pick for Revis, really?!? Your freaking high!). Yaking about the salary cap is also ridiculous. Is Revis overpaid - yes, I would say so but we do not have a cap issue and there are other routes to generate cap space (under-performing players as has been pointed out by other posts on this site). Also, the new GM is on record stating the Bucs will be careful with the money in FA, i.e., we are not going to be getting many of top FA "studs" on the market - and that group is limited and older at best. So, Revis needs to stay. Want more picks? Try to trade down or trade some other player. What more cap space (of which we have plenty of), a lot of dead weight on the roster that should get an ultimatum NOT ONE OF YOUR FEW PRO-BOWLERS! This "sign for 10 mil" or ship Revis off for chump change because that one extra pick we get is going to be gold IS JUST PLAIN STUPID. If we trade Revis, it needs to be for quite the pirate's bounty or it should NOT happen at all.
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    I think that we should at least see what we could get for him, but my big problem is that if we do let him go then our secondary goes from one of the best to one of the worst. And with no assurance at this point that we can quickly improve our situation at DE to get more QB pressure, Do we really want to play against Brees, Ryan, & Newton with Jonathan Banks an Leonard Johnson as our starting corners?? with our QB's(or lack thereof), we need a defense that keeps the opponent under 20 pts to have any chance to win and that isn't going to happen by trading Revis, UNLESS someone is dumb enough to give us back what we paid.
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    Don't know how true but I heard on ESPN that if Revis is dealt, or let go before the league year starts we only have to give the Jets our 4th round pick. Can PR confirm that? If true and we deal him, we would already get that 3rd back, plus, more cap space, plus whatever we'd get in trade. That sounds like a win to me. At any rate we debated the trade last year. Dom got his guy at great cost with little in the way of more wins. Best part of the deal though was it helped get us a better coach, and G.M..
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    Anyone of you all that say Revis isn't being shopped are Nuts and know nothing and I mean nothing about NFL cap management and rosters.Take a gander at the amount of injuries in this HGH,Steroid era, it is off the charts, making depth way more crucial than ever.Listen Up!! If you were to trade Revis you would increase the level of play at five positions and add five players for about the price of one. That is three or four free agents a first round pick and a third( assuming you get a first, more if you get more.I would say it is a no brainer if you could get a second and a fourth let alone the third you will get back.As I said back during this debacle that the depth and salary cap implications from losing a first and a third is immense in that it is prob a three year player( signed fa) for a five to 8 year player ( drafted).You are also giving up 13 to 14 million in roster management for 3 years and probably 5 to 10 mil for the next 2 to five years there after.You are gonna have to go to Free Agency to replace this first round pick you gave up after Revis is gone and that is gonna be much more than your five year contracted first round pick.The success of your first round picks and all picks for that matter is of upmost importance with the rookie limits that are now in place .You receive tremendous cap value with draft pick success and are forced to sign free agents at 2 to 14 mil more than your draft picks. Good drafting gives you 5 firsts,4 seconds,4 thirds,poss 4 fourths ( prob 2),poss 4 fiths( prob 2) and so on and so forth that should be on your roster. For every one of these draft picks that are not on your roster just add 2 to5 million for free agents to take there place(14 mil in revis).It is real easy to see that a good drafting team can quickly have 10 to 20 more million in roster management money than a good drafting team.Revis either resigns for 10 mill or less or he will be gone fore even a second round pick as that will also net a third.I just don't think there is a taker if there is, BY BY MR Revis,you are not better than five or six quality players no way no ho!!!Collect and hoard all draft picks you can, draft good and in three years you will be a winner for years,with cap room for a qb and the couple of studs you see fit inFA.
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    I agree with Stlbucsfan that there were several big boys who didn't earned their big checks, so you can save cap room that way. For draft picks trade down a few spots in a deep draft and pick up a 3rd round and 6th round pick.
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    Try to follow me…each defense run in the NFL has different values placed on each position of that defense. In the Tampa2, which is surely to be run here, the CB value relative to other positions is significantly less. We are in a precarious position with Revis, as he will be playing much more zone than he ever has, and may not like, or excel at it. I was not a big fan of the trade to begin with, as we were dealing against ourselves and seemed to turn into an “obsession”. Surely, Smith will try to scheme Revis to his strengths but it may compromise the philosophy and effectiveness of the defense. Don’t think we do anything this year, but gonna be hard to justify paying a non-premium position that kinda money. Not saying I'd do it, but the option would have to be considered. We could gain Brent Grimes, Greg Hardy, Vontae Davis, pick up our third, and any potential pick we got for Revis. We have guys like McCoy and David, that IMO, are more important in this style defense, and they're gonna want to be paid, not on.ly for their talent, but also how valuable their postions are in this defense
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    @warren, @surferdudes and @ KINDRERT...I understand your point about keeping options open and listening to offers - sure, makes sense - but the point about his salary being $16m is not relevant right now...we have no salary cap issue, we have no Josh Freeman to pay $20m to, there is no prized FA to go chasing, we can extend GMC for the same money he's making (which I believe would be more than what Atkins was just signed to)....so yes teh Glazers will be out the $16m but so what...next year if we have a cap issue we can cut him or trade him or renegotiate his deal then.
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    After thinking more about making a Revis trade I think the answer is if you make a trade and it allows you to get Clowney and another #1 pick would you make the trade? IMHO then it is a yes, make the trade.
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    If Revis is amenable to a salary of $8M to $10M, I say keep him. If not, they MUST consider trade offers for all the reasons surfer dudes & KINDERT said.
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    Rumor mill at work and that's all it is. Revis is here for sure this year and at least the following year. He's healthy, now he has to play like the 16 million dollar a year man. Let focus on getting some more OL.
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    ^^^^ Especially this.
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    Trading Revis would be the stupidest thing this franchise has done since forking over a bunch of money to Michael Clayton. i don't know about you all but the 11,12 seasons secondary was nothing short of an embarrassment. Even if some team is stupid enough to fork over a 1st and 3rd round pick for Revis and his hefty contract it would leave us with a gaping hole to fill.
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    Pinkstob revis ran 4.38 forty with a 1.46 10yd split back when he was being drafted, making him considerably faster than dennard
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    @Surferdudes....Well said on both posts. IMHO you have to listen to all offers and then decide what is best for the team. The trade for Revis last year was a poor decision made by the OLD regime. Revis will be 29 before the season starts on a team that has way to many problems to be considered a playoff ready team. If we can get back what we gave up and get our third back or somewhat close I would jump at it. With all the extra draft picks and a lot more money you could change this franchise for years to come. When you can get three to four top players for ONE you have to due it. Every year his value is going to go down just like a new car.
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    If the Bucs want more cap relief there are a few 300+ pound lineman that STOLE checks last year. Lets leave our All Pro CB alone and give our hogs 2 choices, a paycut or the door! I just read a report were Lovie was recently quoted as saying we are going to be a predominantly man team this year, that says all you need to know about the leagues best cover corner.
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    Would be idiotic to trade Revis unless we got some huge returns, at least what we gave the Jets in return - even then I'd still say no. The Bucs have cap space, I'd rather they free up cap space on the offensive line if they really needed to do so. However the FA market is pretty weak and getting some old DE like Allen on a big money deal would make no sense - plus he can't defend the run. If you want to give him a one or two year deal OK, but not at the expense of Revis and killing the pass defense.
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    One more thing. 7-9 without Revis, 4-12 with him. All though are secondary ranked better last year, it's still plain to see that's not the path to a better record.
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    Lovie knows that he can't play COVEREVIS-2 without Revis.....the man is going nowhere.
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    All the talk about trading Darelle Revis is forgetting one important ingredient - Darelle Revis himself. Nobody but the previous administration would pay an injured but recovering Revis 6 million more than the highest paid CB in the NFL. And that CB, Champ Bailey, is going to be forced to take a pay cut or take a hike this year. Same goes for Cortland Finnegan at the Rams. Whether collusion can be proven or not, the owners put their foot down and held down the market for CBs in 2013. Revis is a shrewd business man. He knows where the market is and his team knows where the money is. No team is going to trade for him at 16mil and give up anything like a draft pick if Revis is not amenable to a restructured contract. Revis is smart enough to know that if the Bucs trade him or outright cut him to get the 3rd round pick back and acquire 16mil in additional cap space, bottom line he will have no choice but to renegotiate a new contract with some team and it will not be 16mil a year. While I agree that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to trade Revis, the Bucs are smart enough to say nothing now, but listen and let the hype work toward bringing Revis to the table. So smart money says there should be an incentive for both sides to restructure the contract now that guarantees (new term) Revis something north of 10mil a year and allows the Bucs to put 4 or 5mil back into cap space. Win! Win!
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    Mark I wish you'd list the teams who might want to make this deal, there should be very few. First they would need the cap space, second they would have to believe they are one cover corner away from competing for a championship to shell out that 16 mill. Another consideration is this being a deep draft Maylock said only one corner might go in the first round leaving plenty to be had on draft day. Lovie was here when we use to draft corners to fit the Tampa 2, I've never heard where a cover corner is a must in this system like a 3 tech, will, and middle backer. So nice article, but the chances there's a team out there who wants to make this deal is next to zero. However if some team should be foolish enough to want to trade, the Bucs SHOULD JUMP ON IT!! That 16 mill could fill alot of holes on this team. Revis can only cover one guy at a time. Teams like our division rival Saints can still rack up the yards, and points throwing away from him. Dom was stupid to give up a 1st, and 3rd for him last year when the Jets would've had to release him for cap space anyway. Here we are wishing we had that 3rd rounder in this deep draft. I doubt we'll find a tool like Dom to make a deal with us.
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    Great article Mark !!!Thanks for bringing some sanity to a hopefully ridiculous rumor .............
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    What a stressful headline it is to see the word "Trading" in front of the word "Revis". I had just finished eating some pretty dark chocolate before I read this headline and combination of the two really got my stomach bubbling. MC, I agree with you and I hope the content of your article goes a long way to silencing those who could potentially make this happen. On a side note, I really think D. Dennard is the next coming of D. Revis. They can both do it all at an A+ level: press, play off, man, zone, tackle, instincts, technique and hands. They are also the same size and speed (4.5 in the 40). But with our luck the Bucs would draft Gilbert over Dennard if we did get rid of Revis simply because Gilbert is faster. That doesn't make him a better CB. That is another reason to add to MC's article of why I wouldn't want to get rid of Revis!
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    I agree with all the posters on this issue. No, the Bucs are not shopping Revis, and it would not be in the best interest of the team to simply dump him for a pick. But, you can't properly analyze a situation in a bubble. First, Revis is likely taking up too much salary/cap room for the role he plays on this team, and perhaps, his cap number will restrict what the team can otherwise do. And the Bucs are also short on picks on an very deep draft. So, if the Bucs were offered multiple top picks for Revis, they would have to consider it. They could then use the savings to lure a respectable FA corner (like Tillman, or others), and perhaps fill another position - not to mention finding more top talent in the draft. I don't know what type of trade value they should demand, but at a minimum, it would have to be more than the 1st & 3rd they paid to get him. After all, the Bucs paid that price when there was much more uncertainty about his health. Management has to keep their minds open to this scenario.
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    Thanks Mark for talking some sense into the masses. You don't trade a top 3 CB unless someone throws out an RG3 style deal
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    Mark. Excellent rebuttal to a far from true rumor.
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    Thank you PR! Hopefully this will help silence all the ridiculous posts on the Red Board about trading Revis Island!
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