Thursday, March 14, 2013
Revis a rare, unique option for Bucs
By Pat Yasinskas
As I reflect on Wednesday’s news conference to announce the signing of safety Dashon Goldson, two words from Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik keep coming back to me.
Dominik used the words “rare" and "unique" to describe Goldson. He said very similar things last year when the Bucs signed free agents Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright. For now, let’s overlook the fact Wright hasn’t worked out the way the Bucs hoped.
Dominik’s point is that it’s rare for Pro Bowl level players in their prime to come available and his philosophy is to grab them when they do.
There’s another rare and unique player out there and the Bucs are, at very least, pondering a huge move. The New York Jets are shopping cornerback Darrelle Revis for a trade and the Bucs have been talking to them.
As I wrote last week, Revis is a logical fit for the Bucs. He might be the best cornerback in the league and Tampa Bay was horrible at defending the pass last season. Just as importantly, Revis would bring star power to a franchise that lacks it. Plus, there’s the fact the Bucs are one of the few teams that have enough salary cap room for Revis.
This is a chance for the Bucs to add a player that might be even more rare and unique than Goldson, Nicks and Jackson.
But there’s one big question hanging over this whole scenario: What’s the price tag for Revis?
There are reports that say the Jets want a package that includes Tampa Bay’s first-round pick (No. 13 overall). Those reports say the Bucs have been unwilling to part with that pick, although they might be willing to give up their first-round pick in 2014.
The Bucs need to play this one out. There are questions about Revis’ health as he recovers from a knee injury. There also is the possibility the Jets might not have another realistic trade partner (in case you haven’t noticed, the free-agent market for cornerbacks hasn’t been very good this year).
The Bucs might be able to get a rare and unique player and they might be able to get him at a rare and unique price, too.