Bucs fans want Revis, but there's a lot to consider
Before I had even heard the rumblings that Jets cornerback Derrelle Revis might be the subject of trade talks, Bucs fans were already sending tweets and emails with questions about the likelihood of Tampa Bay acquiring the All-Pro.
It was no surprise. Given the Bucs’ personnel issues in their secondary, grabbing Revis would be one sure way to address the problem. Right?
There are two main reasons a potential trade for Revis is complicated for any team, not just the Bucs.
For one, there’s the obvious: Revis suffered a very serious injury last season, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and undergoing season-ending surgery. Many players bounce back from these injuries with flying colors, i.e. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. But that’s something that can never be assumed.
Will Revis still have his speed? Will his recovery timeline be what everyone expects? Perhaps, but there’s always a chance those things won’t happen. Given what a team would have to give up for Revis in terms of draft picks and/or players, this is a serious roll of the dice.
Along those same lines, the second issue regarding a possible Revis trade is, well, the cost – both in compensation to the Jets and to Revis himself. It’s hard to even speculate what a team would give the Jets for Revis, but the asking price is going to be out of this world for the best cornerback in football. And here’s where I’d have the biggest issue if I was a general manager: Revis is entering the final year of his contract in 2013, meaning unless you can negotiate an extension, you’re essentially renting a player for one year and paying twice (via the trade and the salary).
Don’t forget Revis has already staged a successful contract holdout once before, in 2010. Who is to say he wouldn’t do it again?
Outside of a team on the verge of making the Super Bowl, there aren’t going to be a lot of teams that see this as a good idea given all the factors. And that probably includes the Bucs.
The Bucs have other financial concerns on the horizon. If they decide it’s the way to go, they’ll soon be talking about a deal for quarterback Josh Freeman. Receiver Mike Williams will be due for a raise soon, too. A possible deal for free agent defensive end Michael Bennett is something they’re considering.
Revis is one of if not the best defensive player in the game. Having him on your team changes everything. But acquiring him under the circumstances outlined here is not the ideal situation.
That’s why it’s hard to see the Bucs – or any team – doing a deal like this.