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Social media went crazy when CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora reported on Tuesday that teams have reached out to the Buccaneers regarding the availability of Buccaneers’ All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. While it is believed that the team has not shopped the veteran cornerback, several around league circles believe that a trade involving Revis this offseason is a possibility.
Revis, 28, was coming off of an ACL injury he suffered with the New York Jets in 2012. Playing last season while still not 100 percent did nothing to hurt the team. In fact, he still demanded the respect of the opposing quarterbacks as they rarely threw his direction. That makes him worth every penny as he eliminates one-third of the field. But at $16 million per season, Tampa Bay’s new regime may feel differently.
If the Bucs were to trade away Revis before March 13 then their third-round pick slated to go to New York from the trade becomes a fourth-round pick instead. In return for Revis, Tampa Bay can acquire another middle round selection or perhaps one even higher and another conditional pick for next year. Of course that is just a theory, but another option can perhaps include a player — one that can fill a need on the roster.
No one on this Buccaneers roster is untouchable. That is the feeling head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht is giving off. Whether your name is Revis, Mike Williams, or Donald Penn, the team did not play well enough to guarantee everyone is safe.
Should Tampa Bay be at fault for entertaining calls on their star player? Not at all. At the end of the day the NFL is a business and the Bucs can find themselves making a difficult business decision: Do they keep $16 million set on one player or use those $16 million on more than one player?