The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took an expensive risk after trading for former New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis. The pirates gave up a first-round pick in this year’s draft and possibly a third-rounder next year in order to bring him aboard. Tampa Bay struggled last season with pass defense and passed over several free agent corners that would have been immediate upgrades in the offseason.
The Buccaneers have a downside on the risk factor, especially if Revis doesn’t return to the player he was prior to suffering his knee injury. Revis underwent ACL surgery and accrding to reports, has been cleared to start making cuts on his knee as the Bucs hold one of their first offseason OTA’s.
Revis told the NFL Network that he is fine and will start making cuts without thinking twice about his on-field practices. Head coach Greg Schiano believes that Revis will be ready for the Buccaneers season opener in week one.
The move by Tampa doesn’t come without risk, but if Revis is healthy, it will likely be one of the smartest moves this offseason. Tampa was the league’s worst pass defense in 2012 and any move should be considered an upgrade after nearly setting a league record for most yards per game allowed through the air.