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Offseason Finally Interesting

April 23, 2013 at 02:01am by Scott   •  12 Comments »

Revis already contemplating holding out.

I’ve had some time to digest the Darrelle Revis trade and am a little more at peace with it now that I know the details. And now that it’s already done and there’s nothing I can do about it. I love a good bandwagon.

But in all seriousness, this could turn out pretty good. The deal was for the Bucs’ 2013 first and their 2014 third (as long as he is still on the roster by the third day of the 2014 league year which he definitely will be unless legs actually fall off before then). This year’s first is steep at #13 and don’t let anyone tell you different. Revis himself was picked #14 a few years ago, so it’s a calculated risk by Mark Dominik to trade for a player who he knows has elite talent but is also a known injury risk and holdout risk as opposed to an unknown commodity on almost every level except raw physical ability. And Dominik mitigated his risk further by structuring Revis’s contract so that every year he was essentially on a one-year deal with NO guaranteed money. And Dominik paid Revis $16-million per year for six years. What’s Revis really ever going to hold out for? There’s very little incentive for Revis to ever act a fool and hold out, so my concern about that part of the deal is assuaged.

And honestly, this is a weak draft. If Dominik was going to pull this trade, this was the year to do it. There are some good players this year, don’t get me wrong. But a first round right tackle or nose tackle wasn’t going to make the same impact as a superstar corner.

The only issue is the knee. Revis didn’t discuss his rehab or how his knee is progressing, saying only that he’s working as hard as he can. But if the knee is good enough for Dominik, I suppose it should be good enough for me. And it needs to be good enough for Dominik since he’s pretty much betting his job and his legacy with the team on it. If Revis re-tears his ACL in week one, Dominik may never live it down, especially if whoever is selected at #13 is doing well. If Revis does well and the pass defense improves, no one will remember the former busts and bad signings. It’s a big gamble, but it’s a whole lot more exciting than signing a street free agent. So at the very least, thanks to Dominik for making this offseason interesting finally. For all you Bucs fans, this is what you’ve been waiting for — a secondary that doesn’t suck. And for all you non-Bucs fans, you read this nonsense all the way to the bottom? Seriously?

12 Comments to “Offseason Finally Interesting”

Mark S

Mark S (April 23, 2013 at 08:35am:

The wise man speaketh. I hope it turns out great. If it does, we are probably in the playoffs.

We still need a corner to develop, nose tackle, tight end and OLB. A better RT would also be welcome. Still lots to look forward to in this year’s draft.

cubsandbucsfan

cubsandbucsfan (April 23, 2013 at 09:41am:

I really want Barber to come back for one more year. With Revis here and the Safeties locked in, we could do a lot of fun things with Barber. And at 37 year old Barber is better than every other CB not named Revis on this roster.

For the record, I would much rather have a GM that is trying rather than being on a team that dumps their talent. Try and fail is better for me than sit around and hope.

As far as the draft goes, I would really like them to get one more playmaker. I dont know if the kid for West Virginia will be around for the 43(?) pick, but if he is, take him. Keep the pressure on the NFC South Defenses.

manbearpig

manbearpig (April 23, 2013 at 11:06am:

I wasn’t on board with this either for fear of giving the jets too many draft picks, but ill be damned of Dom pulled it off as best as I imagine any GM could. If it works out and Revis is himself this could mean we actually get to watch the Bucs play a game in January, that hasn’t happened since I was in my 20′s still! This draft is very underwhelming so I like that they dumped this years first instead of next year. Well done Bucs.

Mark S

Mark S (April 23, 2013 at 12:51pm:

I agree manbearpig, that this is an underwhelming draft. Hopefully they can find gems in the remaining rounds. Next year, if all goes well, our pick should be later than 25. In a better draft class, though it is later, it might actually be worth more.

My fun pick of the draft and I think unrealistic, is the Bucs trade up to take Star Lotulelei (or however you spell his name). He will be an excellent nose tackle for us and give us Star power all across the front four.

What are your fun picks?

jampersands

jampersands (April 23, 2013 at 01:32pm:

My concern with the no-guarantees contract is that, don’t most players get sick of playing under the franchise tag? And isn’t this contract like saying to Revis that he will essentially be franchised for the next six years? I guess I don’t understand why Scott (and local radio hosts) arent worried about a holdout next year. Wouldn’t it make sense for him to try and restructure his contract to get some guaranteed cash, especially if he plays lights-out this year?

jarldg

jarldg (April 23, 2013 at 02:20pm:

jampersands that doesn’t make any sense at all. He’s the top paid corner and the second top paid defender in the league. Revis is essentially guaranteed 32 million, the first two years of his contract, because the Bucs invested the first and third round picks in him. Guaranteed money in a typical contract would probably approach 45-55 million anyway, and after his second year if he’s playing up to his potential they’ll keep on paying him.

This is in no way analogous to the franchise tag as it is no different than this exact same contract with 50 million guaranteed. He’ll be paid much more than the franchise tag would pay him, and a hold out for guaranteed money would be pointless if he played well year one as he would just show up for money year two and so on.

Matt Price

Matt Price (April 23, 2013 at 06:30pm:

jampersands, The difference is that usually, what makes the relationship go wrong is that the guy gets a lot of up front money and then a small salary on the back end. That means by his third or fourth year, he feels like he’s playing for a really small salary. So he gets upset and he “wants to be paid” because he forgot that he’s already been paid. This way, Revis will get paid every year and never run into that. Also, he knows that if he gets cut, no one will pay him $16 million a year. So his payday will always be higher with Tampa.

He might not like the lack of long term security as he gets older, but by that point he and the Bucs will probably be reworking the deal anyway to lower the number or dump him.

TheBrainStem

TheBrainStem (April 23, 2013 at 07:47pm:

Dude made sure to go get his fade done before the presser. The line from head hair to facial hair is flawless.

HAGEN205

HAGEN205 (April 24, 2013 at 01:25am:

well i sound like everyone else but i didnt want them to do it at all but after its all said and done i think it was a good trade thought we were going to give 2 first rounders this sounds like a steal for us

avanderlay

avanderlay (April 24, 2013 at 12:56pm:

I agree, being a weak draft I prefer handing over this years instead of next year’s. I had the same thought about Ronde too – if he comes back we could really do a lot of shit moving him around, blitz from the slot, or safety, etc.

Moving on to the draft and all the rumors, it seems Dom is already posturing to trade back into the 1st (which I like just cuz it’ll make Thursday more interesting) and still shopping Blount (which I don’t like).

campyone

campyone (April 24, 2013 at 03:34pm:

If he plays up to past standards after the injury he’s a pro bowl CB. What were the odds that we’d get a future pro-bowler in this draft at any position much less our greatest need? Not good, I think the average is 2 pro-bowlers out of every first round draft. So we have little control over that, it’s hit or miss. But we do have some control over his injury – we get medical opinions from experts who presumably say he’s likely going to be fine. I’d rather take a risk that they’re wrong than take a risk that the 13th pick would not have been a future pro-bowler. Have I lost you here? Sorry, it’s very profound.

Mark S

Mark S (April 24, 2013 at 03:45pm:

Reading Peter King’s latest mock draft and he has Star Lotulelei dropping to 26th (going to the Packers). My fun pick of trading back into the first round to get a star player is looking more and more likely. Lotulelei would provide the anchor we lost by letting Miller go. He would provide an upgrade to the DL right away.

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