Darrelle Revis has been the most talked about NFL player this offseason. For months now, speculation has been rampant that the talented cornerback would land with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Well, a deal finally got done, and Revis Island has relocated. The Bucs finally caved and gave up the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, and agreed to a lucrative six-year deal with Revis.
In theory, Revis will make $16 million per season, but there’s no guaranteed money. But at least for 2013, Revis is going to be making the big bucks. Depending on how he performs, he could end up seeing a good majority of the $96 million on the contract. The odds are, his contract will get restructured sooner, rather than later.
So now that this is a done deal, what does it mean for Tampa, and the rest of the NFC South?
For those saying Tampa gave up too much for Revis, I ask, who could they have gotten to come in and make a bigger impact? I don’t see anyone in this draft that’s on Revis’ level, and the Bucs certainly didn’t overpay.
There’s also risk involved because of his ACL rehab, but he passed the team’s physical. Chances are, the old Darrelle Revis should be back by at least mid-season.
The main point here, is that the Bucs play in the NFC South. We’re talking about a division in which the Tampa-D has to face Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan on a regular basis. Revis in the secondary, is an immediate game-changer. He will force opposing offenses to reconsider what they’ve been doing against Tampa. All of the opposing No. 1 receivers will now have a lock-down corner on them at all times. The impact will be huge.
While Revis isn’t exactly a trump card, he immediately makes the Buccaneers’ defense one of the better units in the NFC. When people talk about missing pieces, this is a prime example. Darrelle Revis, if healthy, should help put the Bucs right in the thick of the playoff race next season.
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