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Lovie Smith’s hiring could end Revis experiment

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With new Bucs coach Lovie Smith presumably bringing the Tampa Two back to the place where it was born, one of the first orders of offseason business could be to send last year’s top offseason acquisition packing.

Darrelle Revis, a man-to-man coverage specialist who reportedly didn’t like being used in zone coverage this past season, doesn’t fit the traditional duties of a cornerback in the Tampa Two.  Given a contract that pays him $16 million per year with no guaranteed money or frills that would trigger a cap hit, the Bucs could walk away from Revis and save $16 million in both cash and cap space for 2014.

There’s another reason to dump Revis sooner than later.  The Buccaneers could avoid upgrading the final piece of the trade puzzle from a top-10 fourth-round pick in 2014 to a top-10 third-round pick.

Based on the specific timing of the trigger for the upgraded pick, the Bucs may have to choose between dumping Revis and keeping the third-rounder or trying to trade his $16 million-per-year contract after the fourth-round pick increases by one round.

While Smith and his eventual defensive coordinator may decide to make Smith’s preferred defense fit Revis, it could make more sense to cut the cord and devote the cash to a player like soon-to-be-free-agent Bears cornerback Peanut Tillman.

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  1. rodvmunchiii says: Jan 1, 2014 11:38 PM

    Huh? No one purely runs the Tampa 2 anymore. Stupid Schiano ran as much zone as Dallas did in the games I watched. There is no reason to get rid of Revis, he played excellent this year and the team has plenty of cap space.

  2. offthelows says: Jan 1, 2014 11:40 PM

    Wow, that sounds like a disastrous decision. I never understood the trade anyway, unless you were a player or two away from a Super Bowl run. Should have kept the pick and drafted Sheldon Richardson

  3. mrheavyhustle says: Jan 1, 2014 11:42 PM

    Tillman would make a lot of sense since he knows Lovie defense better than anyone else would. I would hope Vikings at least entertain the idea of Revis, week in and week out I seen them ose at the end of games, couldn’t stop the air attacks. Even Romo looked clutched against us and won it :-( yeah it’s That Badd!!!

  4. geddyn says: Jan 1, 2014 11:43 PM

    As a Bucs fan, I would just like to point out that Revis isn’t the only player on that defense who doesn’t fit the Tampa 2 and I think Lovie Smith is smart enough to recognize that.

    In fact, Gerald McCoy and LaVonte David might be the only guys on the roster who do fit that scheme. The rest of the defensive line can’t generate the pressure needed for the scheme to work, Mason Foster, while a very good (and underrated) MLB, doesn’t have the cover skills suited for playing deep zone and the Goldson/Barron safety tandem well suited for constant deep coverage either.

  5. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 1, 2014 11:51 PM

    revis is still good but not 16 mil a year good. hes not even worth half that at 8 mil. if and when he gets cut, since no1 will trade for him due to his insane pay. he’ll sign with some1 for cheap just like asomugha making crazy money with philly then gets cut and signs cheap elsewhere.

  6. aceinthehole12 says: Jan 1, 2014 11:51 PM

    Lovie better change things up. Getting rid of Revis would be a big mistake.

  7. quickstrong says: Jan 1, 2014 11:51 PM

    Revis will be gone as soon as you can say 17 million, this was the worst thing the bucs could do they need an offensive minded coach not Dungy number 2 :(

  8. pftfan says: Jan 1, 2014 11:52 PM

    Wow, was ONE year of Revis worth 6 cost-controlled years of Sheldon Richardson?

    Talk about a major setback for an organization. You rarely see a trade work out that poorly. Even the RG3 trade still has some hope that RG3 will turn it around.

    If Revis is gone after one season, that’s pure sunk cost. Ouch.

  9. fitz66 says: Jan 1, 2014 11:52 PM

    When did the Tampa 2 ban good corners?

  10. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 1, 2014 11:53 PM

    Did anyone catch how ridiculous Revis looked against the Saints? He got owned.

    And he made the Pro Bowl! Talk about skating by on your name.

  11. cspsrbums says: Jan 1, 2014 11:53 PM

    Is there anyone left for the Redskins to hire. I guess no one wants that job do you blame them BlaHahahah

  12. floridaslonechargersfan says: Jan 1, 2014 11:53 PM

    Come to San Diego! You will still probably be misused but you might get in the way of a pass or two. Certainly an upgrade over Derek Cox!

  13. sikoix says: Jan 1, 2014 11:53 PM

    I just don’t see any cornerback being worth $16M a year — especially with the rules the way they are.

  14. jr4real says: Jan 1, 2014 11:56 PM

    Being Norv in!

  15. sonof200iq says: Jan 1, 2014 11:59 PM

    Lovie used just as much cover 1-man last year as anything else. Good fit for Revis. Lovie only using tampa 2 is a misnomer.

  16. sickoe47 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:00 AM

    Raiders need a play maker like revis on defense,with that said reggie McKenzie already said that their will be no more trades involving draft picks unless the bucs decide to release my daydream is over.

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:01 AM

    No corner is worth that much cap space. Especially one that will want even more money the moment, if ever, that he gets back to his previous level of play.

  18. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Jan 2, 2014 12:02 AM

    LOL MEvis!

  19. Gordon says: Jan 2, 2014 12:02 AM

    So Revis Island will replaced by a Peanut. Makes sense to me. Peanut has made a hell of a lot more plays than Revis in their respective careers.

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 2, 2014 12:06 AM

    They should have focused on football instead of mad science experiments.

    They didn’t win many games this year, but they probably got a little closer to finding the cure for cancer. I mean, they couldn’t have weakened the pursuit for a cure, and they arguably did that with their football team, so any way you slice it I think their experiments in the interest of cancer research are more profound than the football achievements. They probably didn’t even know they were making a bigger impact in that other field this whole time. What a waste of time and money.

  21. tbbuccaneer02 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:09 AM

    Revis is still young & Tillman is in is late 30s

  22. realfootballfan says: Jan 2, 2014 12:12 AM

    Don’t know if some of you have noticed, but Lovie’s ventured way outside the old Tampa 2 scheme the last few years. Like, the Bears actually blitzed and stuff the last few years he was there, lol. I’m sure he’d figure out how to use an elite cornerback on his team instead of saying, no thanks on that.

  23. realnflmaster says: Jan 2, 2014 12:12 AM

    Tampa 2 is a joke. Worst defense ever.

  24. tremoluxman says: Jan 2, 2014 12:13 AM

    We could use Revis here in Minnesota.

  25. huskersrock1 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:14 AM

    16 million per year isn’t one player, it is 4 quality players. Revis is gone.

  26. elliottcovert says: Jan 2, 2014 12:26 AM

    Patriots?

  27. legionofboom88 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:26 AM

    That whining attitude (about having to play zone coverage) would bode quite well and is consistent with the 9ers philosophy.

  28. brasho says: Jan 2, 2014 12:26 AM

    Smith played plenty of man in Chicago, how else would Tillman have become known for shutting down Calvin Johnson?

  29. shnakeriver says: Jan 2, 2014 12:27 AM

    Um, Peanut Tillman will be 33 soon. He may have another season or two left, but he is clearly not a prized FA that replaces Revis (even knee-rehabbin’ Revis, even going to a different defensive scheme).

  30. jaguar0413 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:28 AM

    Dan Snyder is holding on Line 1 for Revis.

  31. Stiller43 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:33 AM

    Tillmans also like 34. Revis can be your guy for the next 5+ years. Tillman MAYBE one-two

  32. asublimeday says: Jan 2, 2014 12:35 AM

    Peanut is staying in Chicago.

  33. jagsdynasty says: Jan 2, 2014 12:35 AM

    Meanwhile the Jaguars are preparing for a decade of multiple Super Bowl wins…

  34. green41563 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:39 AM

    What a disaster.

  35. logicalvoiceseys says: Jan 2, 2014 12:45 AM

    Wouldn’t surprise me if the Redskins made another terrible corner back move (ala deangelo hall) and signed this guy to an enormous contract with all the cap space we have this offseason.

    #worstfranchiseinfootball #redskinssuck

  36. natelan69 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:49 AM

    He should have his bags packed and get ready for the call.

  37. greg2geez says: Jan 2, 2014 12:49 AM

    Raiders got $$ to spend and need @ CB just sayin.

  38. razielsanchez56 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:51 AM

    “Peanut Tillman” is no good! No namer.

  39. calibear831 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:51 AM

    Revis to the my desperate for talent, Cap Rich Oakland Raiders?

  40. eastsideballa says: Jan 2, 2014 12:51 AM

    Lions will pay him $16 mil.

  41. razielsanchez56 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:51 AM

    “Peanut Tillman” is no good! Worthless no namer.

  42. barneyrumble says: Jan 2, 2014 1:03 AM

    “No Man Is An Island” the exception being Revis of course, so where does the Isle of Man land? Allas with no D, or from one pirate to another and off to De Raidas and silver and black?

  43. chrisknowsdbr says: Jan 2, 2014 1:09 AM

    Free agency just got more interesting.

  44. meatcarroll says: Jan 2, 2014 1:10 AM

    After this season we can finally stop pretending the myth known as Revis Island is better than Richard Sherman.

  45. beastmode5150 says: Jan 2, 2014 1:11 AM

    Who’s revis? He that guy that was really good for 2 years a few years back?

  46. sumkat says: Jan 2, 2014 1:11 AM

    Philly is going to be in the market for a corner (DB’s are their biggest need, Fletcher/Williams both FA’s), have plenty of cap space, and would probably be willing to give him a fat contract.

    I doubt 16 million, but I doubt anyone gives him anywhere close to that. My guess is, he’ll have to take about half of that

  47. dudeicle says: Jan 2, 2014 1:32 AM

    so how do we spin this that he’ll be playing for NE next year?

  48. seatownballers says: Jan 2, 2014 1:35 AM

    Won’t ownership wasn’t too see if revis looks decent next season? They did just give up multiple picks

  49. itsunclepauley says: Jan 2, 2014 1:36 AM

    And Tampa will end up having traded first and fourth round picks for a one year rental.

    That’s a disaster of a trade, but it’s not Lovie’s trade or player, so he shouldn’t have to justify a bad decision made before he got there if he doesn’t think the player fits, especially since there will be zero cap ramifications.

    Revis and his camp will learn a valuable lesson — for years he chased the $16 million per season mark set by Nnamdi Asomugha, despite the fact that it was given under extreme circumstances (one, it was the Raiders, two, he had already been franchised) only to see it evaporate before his eyes.

    When the Jets wouldn’t give it to him, the only way he could find it was to take it with zero guarantees, and behold, after a coaching change he could see his precious $16M annual contract put into the shredder with not another penny coming his way.

    Along with noticing the decline in salary for top corners, Revis likely saw that the grass, in fact, was not greener in Tampa. The first half of the season consisted of compiling losses amid one of the league’s most embattled quarterback controversies. And what of the defensive side of the ball? No longer with a coach he loved playing for, he found himself under a zone-calling disciplinarian for one year who just got replaced by a guy whose preferred defensive system has little need for a corner with elite man-coverage skills. Though Revis famously attested that he’d rather have the $16 million than the $12 the Jets were reportedly set to offer him, what if he can’t find anyone willing to pay him more than $12 million for 2014 and beyond?

    What if the Jets were still willing to offer him $12 million?

  50. softhelmet says: Jan 2, 2014 1:42 AM

    The man has huge talent, but $16 mil for an aging cornerback isn’t going to make sense for a team that has other more pressing needs. Besides Lovie can make the defense work without Revis on the payroll. Looks to me like the perfect out for Tampa!

    I don’t think Mr. Revis will be performing his usual “hold out” anytime in the near future.

  51. hellogoodbye3005 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:02 AM

    Whatever you do…. Just say “NO” to Tillman!!

  52. Cadiz215 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:13 AM

    If they let him go it’d be nice to see him as an Eagle. Hopefully it’d turn out better than the Asomugha signing.

  53. zeke2517 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:45 AM

    …You know Rexy still loves him.

  54. jnix182 says: Jan 2, 2014 4:28 AM

    Welcome to KC. (I wish)

  55. krycek84 says: Jan 2, 2014 4:39 AM

    They can trade him instead of cutting him.

  56. tomny0970 says: Jan 2, 2014 4:40 AM

    I know a team that is going to have plenty of cap room and a defensive scheme that benefits greatly from a great man to man corner – the Jets!

    With Cromartie very likely to be released, perhaps Revis could lower his asking price just a little bit. Hopefully the season in Tampa has shown him that money isn’t everything :-) He has always acted like it is, so I’m probably just being overly hopeful :-) But boy it sure would be nice to see him back in a Jets uniform :-)

  57. pastabelly says: Jan 2, 2014 5:25 AM

    No room for a shut Dow corner in Tampa?

  58. haileysbadoldad says: Jan 2, 2014 5:49 AM

    Revis island could be relocating to the nations Capitol!

  59. nativeraider says: Jan 2, 2014 6:01 AM

    Oh god this has Raiders written all over it. I hope not tho.

  60. morr24 says: Jan 2, 2014 6:48 AM

    Revis island had too many open looks of the wrong variety this season. Property values have decreased, but they still may be overvalued by some cap rich entity.

  61. mountainrose2014 says: Jan 2, 2014 9:11 AM

    Too late now already gave up boatload for him and he’s still at the top of his game. Lovie likes great defensive players anyhow he sure had enough of them in Chicago

  62. gloomysmitty says: Jan 2, 2014 9:47 AM

    Hope he is a eagle next year and also hope they sign Jason worlds

  63. djshnooks says: Jan 2, 2014 10:53 AM

    Bills have lots of cap space, they need a CB…and their D.C. AND DB’s coach were the ones who turned Revis into Revis while in NY…he also could never cover Stevie…so why not join forces? Bills aren’t afraid to throw around money now…if they lose Byrd…this is who they bring in. No doubt.

  64. jetfan74 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:53 AM

    Nobody is trading for that contract. Welcome to the world of taking a pay cut Mevis or maybe just follow the money trail that leads to zero titles. I know a fan base that would love to have the player back but not the BS that comes w/ him!!!

  65. djshnooks says: Jan 2, 2014 10:53 AM

    DB coach =Donnie Henderson

  66. trajanthe1st says: Jan 2, 2014 3:21 PM

    Defenses are under attack by the NFL itself, imposing more and more rules favoring the offense and fining defensive players.
    It may be time to go back to defensive drawing board and devise something designed for today game. The Tampa Two is as dated as Monte Kiffin.

  67. hecklrkosh says: Jan 2, 2014 5:24 PM

    What a fool,…he didn’t think it all the way. He thoguht the head coach would be there until the end of his contract….NOT. So, chances are you’ll be out of a job, (which paid 16mil per/year), the same 16mil you were bragging about being better than being on a winning team(the Jets), they are winning compared to Tampa… like the ole saying: You can give a man a fish, but you can’t make the horse drink water….or something like that..

  68. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jan 2, 2014 7:42 PM

    I will have one good ‘Sheldon Richardson laugh’ if they release Mevis after all that trade drama & jockeying ……

  69. theelidman says: Jan 2, 2014 8:23 PM

    Lovie/Ballard didn’t make this trade and the team has a number of needs. Allowing Revis to take up nearly 12.5%, which is nearly 25% more than any other CB in the league, isn’t smart business. It has nothing to do with Revis’ ability or what scheme Tampa will employ. They need OL help, have to extend McCoy, find a pass rusher and help at LB and WR too. His money would be better utilized improving their many needs, IMO.

  70. mjw9326mjw9326 says: Jan 2, 2014 9:04 PM

    He is not worth it. If he was, he would have shined in any scheme. Cut him loose and let some other fool overpay for him. Maybe the Jets want him back.

  71. lrjets says: Jan 3, 2014 5:45 PM

    mjw9326mjw9326 says:
    Jan 2, 2014 9:04 PM
    He is not worth it. If he was, he would have shined in any scheme. Cut him loose and let some other fool overpay for him. Maybe the Jets want him back.
    _________________________________

    Good analysis! Just keep on leaving money out of the reasons Revis is not a Jet.

  72. dlk47823 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:08 PM

    Another year removed form the injury, Revis will be much closer to 100% next year. IF TB doesn’t want him, other teams will line up…at about 10 million per year.

  73. jimmyjames65 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:23 PM

    I just don’t see any cornerback being worth $16M a year — especially with the rules the way they are. ———————————————– Isn’t that franchise QB money?

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