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Bucs believe Revis' contract troubles in past

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TAMPA — Darrelle Revis is most well-known for being a shutdown cornerback who can reduce the league's best receivers to also-rans when matched against them.

But he also has a reputation for being a player who will go to great lengths to get paid what he believes he is worth. That includes a contentious 2010 contract holdout that caused him to miss most of training camp with the Jets. That deal eventually proved insufficient for Revis, leading to this week's trade to Tampa Bay partly because the Jets weren't confident they could re-sign him after the season.

So why are the Bucs, who have agreed to pay Revis $16 million annually for six years on a $96 million deal, confident they won't encounter similar complications?

Nothing assures it, but general manager Mark Dominik cited several reasons. For one, despite his contract having no guarantees, Revis is being paid top dollar and likely wouldn't do better even if he held out for more.

"In this deal," Dominik said, "he knows if he shows up, every year he's going to make $16 million."

There also is incentive in the deal for Revis to show up in the offseason, with $1.5 million workout bonuses built in to each year of the deal. A holdout could prevent him from earning those bonuses.

Another factor that gave Dominik a comfort level is his familiarity with Revis' agents, the same duo who represent Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson and negotiated a $55 million deal with him last season.

"I have history with Jonathan Feinsod and Neil Schwartz," Dominik said. "We did the deal with Vincent Jackson, who was a guy who held out and had issues with his contract (in San Diego). We have a very good working relationship, and I think that's what helped this deal happen. Because I know them, and I know their style and what they try to do and the way they value things. I think that's why our style fits as it does with Vincent and a lot of our players."

With peace of mind in this area, the Bucs are moving forward with their "detailed plan" for Revis' return to the field after surgery on his left ACL last year, Dominik said. It includes a commitment from Revis to continue his knee rehabilitation in Tampa rather than in Arizona, where he has been the past several months.

"We've actually already spoken to Darrelle about the plan," Dominik said. "He's been great that way. … We're not going to rush anything, but we're very confident where he's at being this far postsurgery (and) to where he'll be in a couple months."

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