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Past draft misses at cornerback make Revis sensible for Bucs

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis looks for the ball during Jets training camp practice in Cortland, New York Reuters

In 2008, the Vikings justified sending a first-round and third-round pick to Kansas City for defensive end Jared Allen by looking at Allen as the first-round pick, and the third-round pick as insurance against the first-round pick being a bust.

That same reasoning could be driving the Buccaneers’ interest in cornerback Darrelle Revis.  Regardless of the extra pick(s) needed to get the deal done with the Jets, Revis essentially would become Tampa’s first-round pick, and the additional picks would be the insurance against Revis being a bust.

A couple of different dynamics apply in this case.  Revis has some bust potential, via his surgically-repaired ACL.  And with the implementation of a rookie wage scale that greatly reduces the money paid to rookies, the money it will take to make Revis happy becomes glaring (especially with the veteran market tanking recently, too).

But it still makes sense, given the team’s failed efforts in recent years to find cornerbacks in the draft.  As Stephen F. Holder of the Tampa Bay Times points out, 2008 first-rounder Aqib Talib and 2010 third-rounder Myron Lewis would have been the starting cornerbacks this year.  Neither worked out.

Revis, given his knee, may not work out.  But his potential upside coupled with the inherent downside of a draft pick makes a decision to essentially make Revis the Bucs’ first-round pick a good idea.

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24 Responses to “Past draft misses at cornerback make Revis sensible for Bucs”
  1. coltzfan166 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:04 AM

    Can we please quit talking about Revis and the Bucs? Unless the trade actually happens, which seems to be 50/50.

  2. patsfan13 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:10 AM

    When is the trading deadline? Being that the Bucs are playing the Jests in week one, could a trade be forthcoming after that?

  3. daknight93 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:21 AM

    The Jets are dreaming of the famous Jimmy Johnson “Hershel Walker Deal” to move Revis…the bucs should be smart and walk away from this possible trade with the Jets.

  4. tpa43 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:26 AM

    During the Manchester United IPO, the Glazers said they would use the money to pay off all the dept, but when it ended they pocketed half the money. They also made taxpayers pay for their stadium and want them to pay for the upgrades. These evil people also have one of the smallest team payrolls and fire 80% of their staff every year. Go Bucs!

  5. buchopeful says: Apr 19, 2013 11:40 AM

    Agreed..

  6. denverwally says: Apr 19, 2013 11:51 AM

    Talib actually played well, they just had a problem with some of his off field issues. He was not a draft miss.

  7. djteknision1200 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:53 AM

    Isn’t this the case for any team looking for a corner back?

  8. tombradyswig says: Apr 19, 2013 11:58 AM

    Pull the trigger bucs!!

    At this point, Bucs>jests so Revis, with his humongous paycheck may be happy… for a little while. I don’t see how anyone could be happy playing for Rex!

  9. jeagan1999 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:58 AM

    The Jets are dreaming if they think they will get more than a first round pick for a CB who is 27 years old, who becomes an unrestricted FA at the end of the season, who wants $12-$14 million a year and who is coming off major knee surgery! No one but Tampa has shown any interest and the draft is less than a week away. If this deal doesn’t happen soon, the Bucs will tell Idzik and the Jets to shove it and draft Milliner, Rhodes or Truffant and move forward.

  10. green41563 says: Apr 19, 2013 12:19 PM

    daknight93 says:
    Apr 19, 2013 11:21 AM
    The Jets are dreaming of the famous Jimmy Johnson “Hershel Walker Deal”
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    Oh, what’s that? Tell me more.

  11. listerineman says: Apr 19, 2013 12:33 PM

    either way revis will be a buc. this year that would need to spend draft picks. next year they get him for free.

  12. tampamac says: Apr 19, 2013 12:37 PM

    tpa43 says:
    Apr 19, 2013 11:26 AM
    During the Manchester United IPO, the Glazers said they would use the money to pay off all the dept, but when it ended they pocketed half the money. They also made taxpayers pay for their stadium and want them to pay for the upgrades. These evil people also have one of the smallest team payrolls and fire 80% of their staff every year. Go Bucs!

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    The Glazers didn’t ‘make’ anyone pay for the stadium. It was put to a vote and us citizens of Tampa approved a 1/2 cent sales tax to fund it. Glazers are BY FAR the best owners in Bucs history, or would you prefer a return to the Hugh “Maximize My Profit Margin” Culverhouse days? As far as the staff, if they don’t win, there’s turnover. Happens with every NFL team. Glazers didn’t start that.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 19, 2013 12:40 PM

    Revis also has a guarantee that he will never play for a cheap or modest contract to give you exit strategy upside. How much is enough when buying insurance? I sell insurance for a living and sometimes you have to cut your client off if you think they are spending too much to over-insure. That’s not a smart business practice. You need to gain leverage where it can wielded most efficiently to win games or provide exit strategy options.

  14. mec693 says: Apr 19, 2013 12:50 PM

    I can’t wait till Revis and the Jets smack the Bucs week 1

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 19, 2013 1:05 PM

    It doesn’t make sense for any team to pay a corner 15 mil a year. Only a QB should get that kind of money and hit on the cap.

  16. bunjy96 says: Apr 19, 2013 1:39 PM

    Stupid Bucs. Wake up! Offer a 2 and then walk away.

  17. fordmandalay says: Apr 19, 2013 1:57 PM

    Because I’ve bought a bad new Ford before for $15,000, it makes perfect sense to buy a used Bentley for $150,000 because I know it ran well for a couple of years – never mind that it just had major transmission repairs done.

  18. irishnativeson says: Apr 19, 2013 2:28 PM

    Talib was a mistake… letting him go that is. Let’s not compound that mistake by trying to buy a wild card to replace him on the river, but it’s not like the Buc’s don’t have the cap room either.

  19. melkipershero says: Apr 19, 2013 3:05 PM

    If I were the Bucs every week the Jets don’t accept my offer I would take a pick out.

  20. farvite says: Apr 19, 2013 3:23 PM

    Missing on Revis in ’07 seemingly would impel Ted Thompson to get involved… Real shame he blew his cap this year….

  21. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Apr 19, 2013 3:23 PM

    I’m sure the Jets will be more than happy to trade Revis to the Bucs after Week 1…you know, after he has just finished locking up Vincent Jackson and taken Freeman for a ‘pick-six’…

  22. seaeagle707 says: Apr 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    Wow!!! Great choices for the Bucs. Grab a guy rehabbing an ACL, who may or may not produce for you this year. Or, draft Mathieu and get a pothead who may, or may not produce for you this year. BUT, who won’t cost you enough gold to pave the field at Raymond James.

    Great choices.

  23. petedutcher says: Apr 19, 2013 7:37 PM

    I disagree with the assumptions of this post.

  24. spedman24 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:11 AM

    Idzick has been fantastic

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