For the most part, I believe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office under the leadership of general manager Mark Dominik has made some solid moves. The Buccaneers have had some recent draft success and the last few years the team has become active in the free agent market, adding key players to their roster. However, I can’t seem to get my head around what the team is doing regarding New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports this morning that the Buccaneers are becoming frustrated over the situation regarding Revis. If Cole’s sources on this story are correct, the Buccaneers are prepared to give the New York Jets their first, third and sixth-round selections this year and pay Revis $15-16 million per year. Why the Jets, a team handcuffed by salary cap constraints don’t jump on that offer is beyond me. The move would give the Jets five picks in the first three rounds of a draft that is regarded to have exceptional depth.
Why the Bucs would be willing to part with all those draft picks for Revis is also beyond me. Yes, when healthy, Revis is a game changers at the corner position but at that cost? But, is he going to return to his form after ACL surgery? Will $15-16 million be enough to keep Revis happy? He has a history of holdouts and being disgruntled over his contracts.
For less than half that amount, the Buccaneers could have signed two veteran corners in free agency this year. Brent Grimes and Nnamdi Asomugha. Grimes is coming off an Achilles injury and signed with the Miami Dolphins. Asomugha, one of the highest sought after free agents two years ago is coming off a poor year, but do you really think he’s forgotten how to play corner?
Asomugha is a physical corner and possesses great size at 6-foot-3 215 pounds. The San Francisco 49ers stole him for a one-year $1.35 million base salary with another $1.65 available through incentives. Tampa had no interest in either player according to reports.
The Buccaneers have been sitting on their hands in free agency regarding the corner position. If the deal for Revis blows up, the Buccaneers will have little other option than to fill the need through the NFL Draft later this month. This has been a curious set of moves by a team that really has been making some solid decisions over the last few years.