Before I had even heard the rumblings that Jets cornerback Derrelle Revis might be the subject of trade talks, Bucs fans were already sending tweets and emails with questions about the likelihood of Tampa Bay acquiring the All-Pro.
It was no surprise. Given the Bucs' personnel issues in their secondary, grabbing Revis would be one sure way to address the problem. Right?
There are two main reasons a potential trade for Revis is complicated for any team, not just the Bucs.
For one, there's the obvious: Revis suffered a very serious injury last season, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and undergoing season-ending surgery. Many players bounce back from these injuries with flying colors, i.e. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. But that's something that can never be assumed.
Will Revis still have his speed? Will his recovery timeline be what everyone expects? Perhaps, but there's always a chance those things won't happen. Given what a team would have to give up for Revis in terms of draft picks and/or players, this is a serious roll of the dice.
Along those same lines, the second issue regarding a possible Revis trade is, well, the cost – both in compensation to the Jets and to Revis himself. It's hard to even speculate what a team would give the Jets for Revis, but the asking price is going to be out of this world for the best cornerback in football. And here's where I'd have the biggest issue if I was a general manager: Revis is entering the final year of his contract in 2013, meaning unless you can negotiate an extension, you're essentially renting a player for one year and paying twice (via the trade and the salary).
Don't forget Revis has already staged a successful contract holdout once before, in 2010. Who is to say he wouldn't do it again?
Bucs fans want Revis, but there's a lot to consider
Tampa Bay Times | Jan 24