With the Darrelle Revis trade seeming more and more unlikely, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be forced to look at other options to bolster their secondary.
The latest reports indicate that the Bucs are ‘close to moving on,’ from the Revis deal. The hold up remains the team’s unwillingness to trade their first round pick this year, and a 2014 first round pick is apparently not good enough for the New York Jets.
So what should the Bucs do? It’s not their problem that New York might get stuck with Revis for another year, and consequently get nothing in return when he leaves in free agency. So what should they do to improve their secondary for the upcoming season?
The latest buzz is that the team is interested in cornerback Brent Grimes. The free agent has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons, but only played in one game in 2012 due to an achilles injury.
Grimes is also gaining interest from several other teams, including the Cleveland Browns, to which he recently paid a visit.
If the Bucs are able to work out a deal with Grimes, it’s rumored that it will end their talks of acquiring Revis. This makes sense on many levels, especially financially. While Grimes wouldn’t come cheap, he’ll still make significantly less than the rumored $16 million per season the team is willing to pay Revis.
Last year in Atlanta, Grimes made $10.2 million as a result of being hit with the franchise tag. I’d expect a far less lucrative offer to come from the Bucs, especially after a season-ending injury.
Signing Grimes would equal far less of a headache for the Bucs, and it won’t cost them as much in the present, or future. If the Jets remain unwilling to budge on their trade demands, Tampa Bay would be wise to pursue the services of Grimes instead of Revis.
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