Bucs saw Darrelle Revis knee injury as an opportunity

AP

The moment when Darrelle Revis went down with a torn ACL last year, Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik recognized an opportunity.

Dominik told NFL Network that he immediately thought about the possibility that the Jets might decide to trade Revis, and that the Bucs’ front office started thinking about what Revis could mean to Tampa’s future during the 2012 season.

“Quite frankly, it started when he blew out his knee,” Dominik said. “I actually went into our director of player personnel Dennis Hickey’s office and I said, ‘That could be a reason why he could leave the Jets.’ Because I knew what his contract situation was, and so when he hurt his knee, I thought, ‘That’s going to be an out possibility’.”

Dominik said all indications are that Revis is making big strides in his recovery, and that he’s going to be the same Revis who was a three-time All-Pro for the Jets.

“I think we’re getting the No. 1 cornerback in the National Football League,” Dominik said.

If Dominik is right about that, he was smart to start thinking about Revis the moment he went down.

37 responses to “Bucs saw Darrelle Revis knee injury as an opportunity

  1. It’s sort of like when a husband is dying & you make your own plans for a wedding with his wife.

  2. Wow, that’s deep stuff.

    How about we all just sit tight and see how the guy has recovered before we decide if it was the Jets or the Bucs who ultimately got screwed?

  3. Many Jets critics urged the Jets to get rid of Revis due to his contractual demands,his “ME” attitude, no assurances of the return of his skills to 100%, no CB deserves QB pay….

    I bet this blog will draw the same posters now trashing the Jets for trading him.

  4. Revis is a coach’s dream and a GM’s nightmare. Hope Dominik started thinking about renegotiating that deal the moment it was signed.

  5. Too bad he isn’t going up against “insert Bills QB here” and “insert Dolphins QB here” for a quarter of a season anymore.

    Welcome to the NFC South!

  6. If Revis has a good year in 2013 he’ll hold out next year for 20 mil a season.

  7. I’ve heard it said before that the Bucs have one of the best medical and training staffs in the NFL. A great medical staff is just like a great scouting department…it gives you the confidence to take some calculated risks. Where a lot of teams saw “damaged merchandise” the Bucs saw an “opportunity” to rehab one of the best players in the league. If Revis is anywhere near as good as he has been the last few seasons, Tampa got a steal!

  8. In the salary cap NFL of today the Jets made the right decision in the long run. Teams HAVE to look at cost versus production on the field as paramount these days.

    Revis is only worth his contract if he’s at LEAST as good as he used to be.

  9. Still, going full bore after a DB who’s coming off a torn ACL and who you KNOW you’ll have to pay big bucks to…kinda risky.
    Revis is only 28 but they’re counting on him being the “old Revis” when he’s back. Likely to happen (IMO) but that injury is no joke and you never know.

  10. “I’ve heard it said before that the Bucs have one of the best medical and training staffs in the NFL.”

    That’s why I drafted their orthopedist and neurologist for my my fantasy MD league.

  11. There was an opportunity because the jets wanted to get out from under that contract and the Bucs were the ony ones willing to take the chance, give up the pick, have the huge cap space to pay him the money, deal with the possible me 1rst/ holdout stuff, etc. We’ll see how it works out, but I think the jets come out looking better on this one if they don’t screw up the rebuilding process. I could see it if the Bucs were a top CB away from a SB, but…

  12. Now he needs to start thinking about what he’s going to do next year, when Revis isn’t happy with his contract.
    Again.

  13. I know they need to upgrade their secondary badly–but I still remain unsure about this move as well. the fear of holding out I think could/should subside. Tell me how many other corners can make $16 million a year–he clearly will be the highest paid CB, which is what he wanted.

    My concern is more about coming back from his torn ACL–not going to be the same corner–no matter how good the medical staff and rehab is. IMO. I think Revis could definitely help, but a minor improvement is not what this team needed. If he returns to 100 percent and plays the way he did pre-injury, then yes, they did pretty well for themselves and got the better end of the trade. It is definitely a wait and see approach. Won’t know until mid-way through the season or by season’s end even. And then there is the fear of re-injuring his ACL or suffering another injury. It is football; injuries do happen. Seems like a lot of guys tear an ACL and then tear it again or tear their other one; happens more than I think people realize.

  14. Very premptive laughter. You shouldn’t be patting yourself on the back too quick on this one. There is plenty of room left to see how it all plays out. You may be eating your words!

    I must say though potential restored talent aside it does feel like a breath of fresh air not to have to be dealing with his antics anymore.

  15. Looking at it from a non-Jets fan. The Jets had no choice. Revis had left the building and burnt the bridges, he couldn’t stay. Plus the Jets need as many players as they can get.

  16. If Revis was on another team the past few years and the Jets went out and paid him $16M to come to NY, everyone would have thought that they were crazy. It’s amazing that the Jets got anything with his contract demands.

  17. The Bucs will lucky to be a .500 team.
    The QB is average and the defense is rebuilding.

  18. Revis will not hold out on the Bucs. His contract is for $16 mil/season but no guaranteed money from Tampa. If Revis were to hold out, he can be released with no cap implications and he would never sniff a contract anywhere near that high of a salary again. All he has to do to get his money is show up and play. It’s a win/win for both sides.

  19. His change of direction will never be what it was. Can he elevate mentally to compensate? This “best corner in football” moniker he’s worn so eagerly will be tested repeatedly. QB’s will no longer completely ignore his side of the field.

  20. 4thqtrsaint says: May 21, 2013 9:55 AM

    Darelle Mevis makes me laugh. Best CB in the league before the injury to a JAG. Bucs trading for him makes me laugh harder.

    It won’t seem so funny Dec 29th

  21. “The Moment” that is total and complete BS.

    “The moment when Darrelle Revis went down with a torn ACL last year, Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik recognized an opportunity.”

  22. If Revis were to hold out, he can be released with no cap implications and he would never sniff a contract anywhere near that high of a salary again. All he has to do to get his money is show up and play. It’s a win/win for both sides.
    —————-
    All Revis has to do is show he’s back to him old self and hold out next year for guaranteed money because the Bucs are not gonna trade a 1st & 3rd for a 1yr rental. It’s not like they’re on the brink of a championship.

  23. Yea… an opportunity to hire a malcontent that will threaten to hold out every other year. Well done Bucs!

    Agreed…Revis just that a malcontent. He doesn’t know his place, can’t keep his mouth shut & is overpaid. Have at it Bucs.

  24. Is it really a question who got the better end og the deal?? Revis was never goin to resign with the jets and the jets were never going to give him 20mill. They got got a prime 1st round pick for a player who wasn’t going to be there anyways. Jets secondary looked just fine last year w.o revis and a legit pass-rush. If he’s back to 100% then its a win-win for both team. If he’s not, its a win for the jets. Definitely don’t c how they could lose out on the trade, UNLESS Richardson or Milner flop, and I doubt it they both look like studs!

  25. They were 3-13, 10-6, 4-12 then 7-9 (Free win from Falcons in week 17) The Saints are back this year and Falcons and Panthers improved. I give them 6-8 wins?

  26. As a huge jets fan I loved his play but HATED his hold outs. If the bucs medical staff is that great then why spend that kind of money and why not use the pick on Milner? I don’t want to hear he’s the greatest corner ever because last season he tore the acl before that he tore his hamstring after being torched by Moss against the pats. Lets not elect this guy in the hall of fame just yet.

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