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Here's the thing though - we cut him this season with absolutely no impact on our salary cap.  None.  Ziltch.  For as bad as the contract is you all say, it has no impact on our cap moving forward.  Would you have wanted him to make $4 million less per season but then have $4 million of dead cap space in each of the next 3-4 seasons?  We weren't using that cap space on anyone else last year.  And we didn't HAVE to get rid of it this year.  At least not this minute.  Lovie and Licht made a business decision in their own best interests.  I'm cool with that.  Absolutely cool with spreading that $$ around to other areas if that's how they want to build their team.  Especially with how cheaply we got Verner.  What I'm not cool with however is just throwing away Revis for nothing when we didn't HAVE to.  There was no deadline to get rid of Revis except our own self-imposed one.  One that I don't think was worth a round in the draft and $1.5 million.  That's what it would've cost to slow play our hand a bit longer....

That is a fair point BUT there really was "deadline" and we really had to because: a) these guys couldn't build the team the way they wanted without the space and, importantly, the structure of the contract was such that the end was coming one way or another.  For example, it has been mentioned that the Bucs could have unilaterally altered this year's sum to make it more cap-friendly. That is true, but think about what happens next year if that was done.  Also, say they do not take the approach they did this year and keep Revis on at $16 million this year; well, next year the EXACT same situation occurs again. If the Bucs don't win it all this year (2014) they are in the same position all over again, cutting Revis with one more year of rental. So really, what's the value that justifies giving up the picks and the extra money? One year of a fully healthy Revis? That might make sense where the team is on the brink, but Dom could NOT have reasonably thought that to be the case when the deal was done and Dom could not have reasonably thought Revis would voluntarily renegotiate, so cutting him had to be part of the plan if things did not go well.Unless I misunderstand something about the contract, the part in bold is the issue (the structure of the contract was such that the end was coming one way or another.).  As I appreciate the contract, it was ALWAYS a rental, just a series of one year rentals. There was a way to make the contract more cap friendly BUT only with the understanding that you would be taking a HUGE cap hit the very next year (these were essentially one year deals, not a 5 year contract, right?).  So, the point is cutting Revis at some point (because he was not going to renegotiate) had to always be in the cards.  As someone said above, knowing what we know now, Dom should've walked away. More and more, the Revis deal is looking like a Dom Hail Mary play, either to save his job or because he seemed to think that "big names" were the key.(btw, there was an impact on our salary cap - we gained $16 million by cutting him, right?)

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