Anyone can look back at my posts a year ago. I was one of the very few, and I mean very few who were against spending a first round pick and big$ for and injured Revis. I would have much rather gone the route of using the pick and the money to do basically what Lovie is doing now. I hardly heard a peep back then from anyone against getting Revis, including the local media. Local media pressure was adamant about getting Revis. Here are excerpts from Martin Fennelly's column on the subject with the heading, "Buccaneers need to be bold and go get Revis"http://tbo.com/sports/bucs/bucs-need-to-be-bold-and-pursue-revis-b82476709z1"Go get him... Go get Darrelle Revis..... $15 million per season is not out of the Bucs' realm of thinking......The man is a game-changer....The Bucs need to get Revis.....And the Bucs need to go get him.....It's time to go get Darrelle Revis."Unfortunately, I believe the Glazers succumb to media pressure more than even I thought was possible, especially from the locals. I wouldn't be surprised if they read Fennelly's column, called up Mark D. and said , " Go get him".Regardless of the why we wanted to "go get him", an injured Revis had to be without guarantees. It had to be a first round pick. Mark D. got a standing ovation for the deal a year ago. If Coach Schiano and Mark D. were retained, Revis would not have been released. They would not have been able to have the kind of free agent spending spree that Lovie has had, but they would have decided to keep Revis and Mark D. would be currently blamed for nothing. This was Lovie's choice since January on how to spend the money.
That's a key part of why the trade was so bad. Why I argued against it back when we made it. We have multiple holes to fill. We lost out on two draft picks as it is, and if we had retained him we wouldn't have been able to use FA to fix this mess. If Dom was still here he would be expose as having a too-shallow WR corps, crappy overpaid OL, no DE's, still needing another corner, etc...We would, in basically almost any realistic scenario, be much better off not having made that trade. The ONLY scenario where it is a good trade is that the team goes to the SB and Revis is a huge part of why that happens. Unfortunately that was never a realistic scenario.Dom's utter inability to negotiate was probably his greatest flaw, and got exposed in the greatest way recently. Even as we were watching people laugh at that untradeable contract he was on the radio bragging, bragging about how his ingenious structure made it easy to trade. If that doesn't show how completely oblivious he was to what he had done, nothing does. I repeatedly talked about this when we were looking at the the trade, that the new cap rules change the value of trades. in the old day trading a first and paying huge dollars was not a big deal, because firsts got that anyway. but now we missed out on a top prospect at dirt cheap price, and put ourselves at a crippling disadvantage in FA with that massive contract.It wasn't really a "choice" that Lovie made to ditch him. It was a mature and correct business decision. You simply can't tie up that much money in a single player, especially at that position, unless you are stocked and cap balanced everywhere else, which we patently were not even at the time of the trade. Were Dom here still, he would have been hoisted by his own petard. Screwed into a corner by his own mistakes. In a way he's lucky to be gone and not have to clean up his own mess, and he can count on his good buddy Scott to cover for him say "it was only bad because LOVIE cut him". Like the trade was great until the new regime came in and screwed it up.
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