With a new front office including new head coach in place, the writing was pretty much on the wall. Some spring cleaning was most likely in order, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are about to take a major hit with their biggest gaffe of all.
According to reports, Darrelle Revis will likely be cut by the Bucs if no suitors for a trade are found once free agency begins. The trade would be an epic failure for a prior regime that has since been relieved of their jobs. Former GM Mark Dominik rolled the dice on Revis, and it looks like the deal will just add insult to injury for the unemployed parties responsible.
Revis was supposed to add to a defense that lacked experience and toughness. While Revis played admirably and showed no signs of regression following his offseason rehabilitation regimen, he never exactly blew anyone away either. It’s probably the chief reason the Bucs are looking to trade the star away now.
With prolific corners like Richard Sherman hogging the spotlight with the Seattle Seahawks, the Bucs will likely swing for the fences again on a new deal. Make no mistake about it, the Bucs’ defense is horrible. They may draft linebacker Khalil Mack in the upcoming draft, but the focus will still be on revamping a unit that ranked last in pass defense.
Lovie Smith, who was handed the coaching reins following the abomination that was Greg Schiano, may have his hands full with an overhaul. The Bucs need help at multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball and may not be able to address them all in the draft. That’s exactly why the Bucs need to cut ties with Revis, find a suitable replacement via trade and move on.
Tampa Bay is sporting new uniforms, a new logo, have a new coach and first-time GM in Jason Licht. It could add up to another dismal season, or the new vision of management could get the ball rolling with a solid trade and keeps the gambling out of it.