By Ed Baylor: Tampa Bay Buccaneer cornerback Darrelle Revis is feeling happy right now with the Bucs after being traded from the New York Jets during the off season. Revis, who is entering his 7th season in the NFL, says he doesn’t feel a lot of pressure with the Bucs compared to when he was playing for the Jets. Revis is currently rehabbing a torn ACL and he’s hoping to be ready by the first game of the season. Revis had surgery on his knee after injuring it in a game against the Miami Dolphins on September 23rd of last year.
Revis said to Beaver County Times “Going to Tampa is great. I look at it as a new chapter in my football career. The organization’s great. It’s real laid back down there. It’s not a lot of pressure as it is in New York.”
You have to wonder if Revis, 27, will be saying the same thing if he’s not looking like the shutdown corner that he was while with the Jets. If Revis fails to do the things he did with the Jets in terms of intercepting and breaking up passes as well as doing a great job of covering receivers, then I imagine he’s going to be hearing stuff, not from the fans, but also from the Tampa coaches.
The Bucs gave up a lot to get Revis by giving up a 1st round draft choice [13th overall pick] in 2013 and a fourth round conditional pick in 2014. That pick can turn into a 3rd round pick.
Additionally, the Bucs signed Revis to a huge 6-year contract for $96 million. Revis turns 28 next month in July, and cornerbacks are usually pretty much finished by the time they’re in their early 30s. At best, the Bucs can get 5 seasons out of Revis, and unless he’s able to come back from the injury to his knee and play like he did before the injury, the Bucs are going to be getting a bad deal out of this. At a certain point I think they’re not going to be so laid back if Revis isn’t star material anymore.