Everything seems peachy now that Darrelle Revis has been traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that’s not the case at all. Revis and Gang Green have been at each other’s throats for the last two years and their ugly divorce was inevitable, but Revis’ new team didn’t get the incredible deal everyone seems to think.
Just like many NFL receivers are considered “divas,” Revis fits that bill perfectly. As former Buccaneers star Warren Sapp has already stated, Revis is a selfish player who only cares about himself and not the team. So the fact he signed a six-year deal with no guaranteed money may look good now, but what the Buccaneers don’t realize is they just created a monster.
Revis doesn’t deserve any guaranteed money because he’s coming off an ACL tear, which could mean he never regains his All-Pro form. Thus, his contract is set up so he has to prove himself, which seems admirable…for now. But if Revis sets the woods on fire in his first season with the Bucs, he’ll be demanding a new contract that includes guaranteed money. With guys like Adrian Peterson recovering from ACL tears faster than ever and returning in arguably better shape than before, it’s easy to assume Revis will be his old self, but that’s no guarantee.
The problem is he knows that, so if he rehabs like a mad man and gets back to shutdown shape, he’ll be arguably the best cornerback in the league again. As soon as that chatter starts heating up, so will his demands for a new contract that includes guaranteed money. Sure, his situation looks great now, but it won’t stay that way.