The response to the Buccaneers’ acquisition of Darrelle Revis has been almost universally positive.
But at least one Bucs legend isn’t sure it’s going to work.
Soon-to-be-enshrined Hall of Famer Warren Sapp cast a large cloud over the team’s parade, saying Revis’ previous holdouts weren’t a good sign.
“He’s selfish and he’s never been a team player,” Sapp told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “We didn’t win the championship that way. Derrick Brooks and I always cared more about the team than ourselves.”
Of course, Sapp’s now a television personality, paid to say things that make people use their remotes.
More measured players were more positive, including former Bucs safety John Lynch, who thought back to his four years in Denver.
“I played with Champ Bailey in his prime and I know what a cornerback like Revis can do for a defense,” Lynch said. “Like Champ, Revis is a guy who can neutralize No. 1 receivers, so you don’t have to dedicate extra resources to stopping that guy. Darrelle Revis is a big-time football player. . . . He’s a game-changer.”
Of course, both can be true. Game-changing players can also be selfish. That’s even happened in Tampa Bay before, and if the result’s the same, they’ll take it.