Darrelle Revis Trade: Why Buccaneers Shouldn't Acquire Jets Star

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 15, 2013

August 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) shown on the sidelines  against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

There's the possibility that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will acquire star cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets this offseason, according to ESPN.

That would be the wrong move.

First of all, the Buccaneers went 7-9 last season, losing five of their last six games. Revis isn't going to make them an instant playoff team. They have needs beyond cornerback, including defensive tackle and tight end.

Also, Revis may be 27 years old, but he may as well be in his 30s after surgery for a torn ACL in October. Even if he clears medical tests before the season, it's risky to expect him to be the same player he once was. A torn ACL is no joke (and let's be honest, Adrian Peterson is a freak of nature).

But more than anything, the Buccaneers would be risking their future by taking on Revis. They currently hold the No. 13 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft and it's possible that they would have to trade their first-rounder and an additional pick to land Revis.

Tampa Bay is in the position to land a cornerback of the future with the No. 13 overall pick. There are even rumblings that the Buccaneers may trade up to grab Alabama corner Dee Milliner, widely considered to be the best defensive back in the class.

And if the Buccaneers also traded their second or third-round pick, they would risk sabotaging their chances of drafting another player who could start at a position of need right away.

The thing is, the Buccaneers don't instantly become a dangerous playoff team (or even a playoff team) with Revis on board. As a developing team, it's best to add pieces for the future that can ideally grow together before coming into their own as a unit. That also allows for chemistry to grow organically. We all know championships aren't won purely on paper.

Trading for Revis would inject some life into Tampa Bay's ailing secondary, but it wouldn't necessarily make the Buccaneers a better team moving forward. Losing a couple draft picks in exchange for Revis, especially considering the veteran's injury last season, is not the smart move.


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