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Friday, February 28, 2014
Bucs need to keep Revis' star power

By Pat Yasinskas


Another thought just came to me as I continue to ponder the speculation that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will trade cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Any final decision on such a move would have to be approved by ownership. The Glazer brothers (Joel, Bryan and Ed) aren't like Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder, but they’re more involved than many people realize. That’s why it’s important to think about how the Glazers would feel about trading Revis.

That’s where my thought plays in. In the most simple terms, the Glazers like star power. They previously have gone out and brought in Jon Gruden and Keyshawn Johnson. They also bought the Manchester United soccer team -- one of the most popular sports franchises in the world.

The Glazers leave football decisions up to football people and coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht will have a lot to say about what -- if anything -- the Bucs do with Revis. But the Glazers also have some say, and I have a hard time picturing them wanting to trade Revis.

As far as star power goes with the Buccaneers, it pretty much starts (and stops) with Revis. With apologies to rising stars Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, Revis is the only household name on the Buccaneers.

This is a franchise that needs household names because it has struggled to fill Raymond James Stadium in recent years. The Glazers have dispelled the myth that they don’t spend enough money on players in the last couple of years and Revis, who is scheduled to make $16 million this year, is a big part of that.

If the Bucs trade Revis, the old complaints about the Glazers being cheap would resurface and the team would lose its most recognizable face.

The Glazers can’t afford to let either of those things happen.