Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Bucs GM, coach weigh in on Revis
By Rich Cimini
One of the hot topics on the final day of the NFL meetings in Phoenix was -- no surprise -- Darrelle Revis.
Clearly, the Bucs want him badly, but you get the impression they've become unnerved by the Jets' deliberate approach to a potential trade. Team Revis, too, is getting antsy. His reps are trying to drive a trade because, as we told you a few days ago, they know there's a pot of gold waiting for them in Tampa -- and you'd have to be naive to think they don't know exactly how much is in it.
Bucs GM Mark Dominik, who has said nothing publicly to downplay his interest in the Jets' star cornerback, seemed a bit confused Wednesday when asked if Revis is on the market.
"I don't know if he really is, honestly," he told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "That's a tough question for me to answer. You have to get [Jets GM] John Idzik on here ... and grill him about that."
Frankly, it's surprising the Bucs appear so eager to get something done. After all, Revis is only five months removed from ACL surgery. From all indications, his rehab is progressing nicely, but there's still risk for the Bucs, especially when you're talking about a huge contract and significant trade compensation.
Coach Greg Schiano, speaking to reporters at the meetings, played it coy when asked about his interest in Revis. The former Rutgers coach related an anecdote from an old game against Pitt, when Ray Rice broke a 60-yard run.
"And the guy who tracked him down was ... was ... I'm not even allowed to say his name," said Schiano, alluding to the NFL's tampering rule.
Prediction: This trade will get done eventually because there's motivation on both sides. The Bucs want Revis. The Jets, no matter what they say, want to trade him for draft picks. Revis? He wants a long-term contract and the Bucs are willing to pay it. In the meantime, the Jets will make them sweat.