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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Should Bucs mortgage future for Revis?

By Pat Yasinskas

The latest on a potential trade by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis comes from Peter King.

He reports that the Jets now might be willing to take draft picks for 2014, instead of this year, as compensation. In the scenario King describes, the Bucs would ship their first- and second-round picks in 2014 to New York. Earlier reports had indicated the compensation the Jets wanted included Tampa Bay’s first-round pick (No. 13 overall) this year and perhaps a third-round pick next year.

Darrelle Revis
Is Darrelle Revis worth a first- and second-round pick?
But the Bucs are hesitant to give up this year’s first-round draft pick and I don’t blame them. Tampa Bay has the upper hand in this process because it doesn’t seem like any other team is willing to trade for Revis and give him a long-term contract.

The Bucs have the cap room to work a deal with Revis. They also have a need at cornerback and, even though he’s coming off a knee injury, Revis might be the best in the game.

But would it be prudent for the Bucs, who like to talk about how they build through the draft, to give up their top two picks in 2014?

In days of old, like five years ago, that kind of move would have been viewed as mortgaging the future. But the NFL changes quickly and this might not be a bad deal for the Bucs.

In the modern climate of the NFL, it’s fair to say that general manager Mark Dominik needs to win this year. Heck, it might even be fair to say that coach Greg Schiano needs to win in his second year because this team hasn’t won a postseason game in over a decade.

If everything clicks for Tampa Bay, the Jets might be inheriting a 2014 first-round pick that’s in the 20s, maybe even the 30s. If everything doesn’t click, some new general manager (and maybe even a new head coach) would have to deal with the problem of not having first- or second-round picks in 2014.