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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Bucs confident Revis will be set for opener

By Pat Yasinskas

The rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints won’t be the only marquee game involving an NFC South team in the opening week of the 2013 season.

Tampa Bay’s opener against the New York Jets is going to put the Buccaneers in the national spotlight. Sunday’s trade with New York to get cornerback Darrelle Revis assured that. Revis playing against his old team is a natural storyline.

As long as we’re talking about opening week and assurances, let’s share this nugget from ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. A senior Buccaneers official told Paolantonio that the team has no doubt that Revis, who is coming off of major knee surgery, will be ready for the season opener.

The Jets sent copies of Revis’ MRIs to the Bucs’ medical staff last week. Those were reviewed and team doctors and the training staff checked out Revis in person in Tampa on Sunday and all indications were positive. General manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano then signed off on the deal.

Assuming Tampa Bay’s medical staff is correct about the knee, I’m kind of amazed by how little risk there turned out to be in a trade for a player of this magnitude.

The six-year, $96 million deal does not include any guaranteed money. Just as significantly, the compensation package going to the Jets isn’t all that steep. (There were reports the Jets wanted two first-round draft picks when talks first started in February.)

The Bucs ended up sending their first-round pick in this year’s draft (No. 13 overall) and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014 (that could become a third-round pick) to New York.

If Revis doesn’t work out, the Bucs can part ways at any time without any long-term impact on the salary cap. If Revis sticks around to earn the whole $96 million, it probably means the Bucs are a consistent playoff team and parting with a couple of draft picks won’t seem like a big deal.