Bucs new coach Lovie Smith addresses plans for Darrelle Revis

New Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith addressed many questions during his introductory press conference, but the one most relevant to Jets faithful is what the coach’s plan is for his star cornerback.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

We aren’t writing about this because we are holding out any hope that Revis would ever come back to the Jets — that ship has sailed. Woody Johnson was not fond of Revis’ brinksmanship in contract negotiations; the Jets got their compensation for Revis and have moved forward. Conversely, should the cornerback get cut, slinking back to the Jets for substantially less than $16 million in New York wouldn’t be an option. If he’s going to take less than an optimal paycheck, he’s not going to have to swallow his pride too.

Why does this matter? If the Bucs keep Revis on the roster after the third day of the new league year then the Jets get a third-round pick instead of a fourth-rounder as the final part of compensation from last April’s trade between the Bucs and Jets. As the Jets look to rebuild their offense, there’s a number of talented skill players that could fall out of the second round and might be prime pickings for the Jets at Tampa’s third round pick.

Lovie Smith is known historically as a proponent of the Tampa-2, a scheme which doesn’t highlight Revis’ strengths and seems to be coming under fire around the league. Smith might lean on one system, but he’s no fool to the trends of the NFL and his personnel either.

No one expects Lovie Smith to come in and put a torch to the team on day one, so it is good to hear he would like to make the Revis situation work for the Jets and that draft pick. Even so, with $16 million in non-guaranteed salary and a draft pick at stake, with a new front office about to rebuild, we’ll believe the Jets get that third rounder once the trade milestone passes.




36 comments
NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Does anyone know if there is language in the contract prohibiting the bucs from cutting and then resigning him so as to keep their 3rd round pick?

bob
bob

So Lovie is gonna play the 4-3 defense, cover 2 with Revis?. Oh ya that's gonna work really well.

McGeorge
McGeorge

How about this - Revis stays on the Buccs for 2014 and the Jets get that #3 pick.

Then after  making another 16mm Revis gets cut, and comes back to the jets for two years at 8mm.


Starz31
Starz31

3rd pick of the 3rd round would be a pretty nice bonus on that trade. That's very appealing and I wonder if the Jets would be more inclined to trade up for any particular players they like. Either way, that's a great haul and I think it's safe to assume Revis isn't going anywhere. 


Question though...if Revis is traded, how does that impact the compensation? Should still count, no?

Stanley Bostitch
Stanley Bostitch

This is going to be a looong off-season. Approx 2mos until FA/league year starts (March 11), then another almost 2mos to the draft (May 8-10). Hope TJB keeps us well fed throughout! 

jdb7
jdb7

I suspect they will just convert some of his salary to a bonus.  Maybe Bent or Jason can give an idea of how much they would likely convert.

dabronx
dabronx

@NYCPEinGermany 


No, they can cut then resign. However, he will technically be a free agent and can sign anywhere. Revis made the Pro-Bowl yet again. If the Bucs cut him it will be due to his salary and not to screw us of a third round pick.

Pat d
Pat d

Why does everyone want former Jets to return. Move on. Build a winner. Don't live in the past.

Bent
Bent

@Starz31 I believe it'll be the 5th pick in the third, not the 3rd.


If traded he's not on their roster on the third day of the league year and therefore it would revert to a 4th rounder (the fourth pick in the 4th round).

Starz31
Starz31

@Stanley Bostitch Should be a fun off-season, to be honest. With lots of cap space coming up and the unfinalized yet likely, departures of Sanchez and Holmes...should be pretty busy one and certainly an intriguing one to help build this team for a run next year. 

djf1
djf1

@jaygo I'd like to think we played a little part in that.

Bent
Bent

@jdb7 I'm not sure they need to but here's the situation at the moment.


Cap hits from 2014 to end of deal - 16 / 16 / 16 / 16 / 16


I believe they could convert about 12m to a bonus if they wanted to.  That would change the cap hits thusly:


Cap hits from 2014 to end of deal - 6.5 / 18.5 / 18.5 / 18.5 / 18.5


They'd only really need to do that if they were struggling to fit his 16m cap hit under the cap (or if wanting to go all-in with a crazy run at free agency).


Also what it would do is introduce dead money if they cut him of around 10m (if cut in 2015), 7.5m (if cut in 2016), 5m (if cut in 2017) and 2.5m (if cut in 2018).

juunit
juunit

@Bent@Starz31 

Pretty much set in stone. The only part of the draft order that can change from here on out are the final 8 picks of each round, barring a team losing their pick for some sort of transgression. Which I have read is possible in the Steelers' case due to the sideline incident with Tomlin.

Starz31
Starz31

@Bent @Starz31 Ahh, I see. Yeah, I simply went off the reverse standings on nfl.com which had TB 3rd to last. But now I see CBS sports as listing TB at 7th overall (strongest strength of schedule out of the 4-12 teams). Not as exciting as 3rd, but still a solid draft pick. 


Thanks for the answer. Wasn't sure if that language covered everything including trades. Good to know as that's really the only option for him not being on their roster. 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se @jake100 

My point was that we need to acquire a solid wr in FAcy, or the offense will struggle again. We also need to pursue a wr early in the draft. A TE, not far after. The offense needs some TLC.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@a57se @jake100  Tate had a read option qb throwing to him , while Decker had Peyton. This is a clear case of stats don't tell the entire story. 

D
D

@jake100@Daniel@Bent@Starz31 @a57se Do you think Decker is going to really want to leave Peyton for Geno?

As jets fans we should want  the broncos to win it all, he will have his ring but will be looking for a PAYDAY

a57se
a57se

@jake100

Why would we spend more money on Tate who is not considered as good as Decker?

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Daniel @Bent @Starz31 

At 4:01pm, I want a solid veteran wr signed, like Boldin, Decker, or even a little more money spent like  Tate. I will be waiting in the darkness with my beer!

a57se
a57se

@jake100@a57se@t__k 

I am talking about real facts vs. joeyboy believes it to be true therefore despite what everyone else in the world says, it must be true type of facts.

a57se
a57se

@t__k@a57se 

You are speculating about who does what with no knowledge of what really happens and yet you want to call me out because i disagree with you and your wild statements?  That is fine by me.......it doesn't change the facts.

a57se
a57se

@juunit@a57seThere are a lot of 1st round tackles from what I am seeing!

I hope teams fill up on them before the jets pick!

t__k
t__k

 @a57se@a57se just saw your response to my Dennis Thurman comment and it was d bag as usual.


Who do you think draws up the defensive gameplan?  Because I guarantee you Rex does more in that regard than DT....but yea keep being a d   

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit 

Not sure that really helps us any. I have to figure the Steelers are thinking OT in the 1st. Much better would be the Ravens being bumped off.

Then again, that's like the Jets and OLB every year, and it never seems to happen. 

a57se
a57se

@juunit

yeah, at the time it was reported that the Steelers might have a draft pick 'downgraded'.....so, who knows, we might end up picking 17 instead of 18!

Starz31
Starz31

@Bent @Starz31 Thanks. I always forget draft picks change each round slightly for the tied records.