Offseason Finally Interesting

Published: April 23rd, 2013

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?