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The New York Jets have reportedly placed Darrelle Revis on the trade block. Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers one of the interested teams?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have massive issues at cornerback. Darrelle Revis is by far the best cornerback in the NFL, and the New York Jets want to trade him. A match made in heaven, right? Well, the guys over at SB Nation certainly think so.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a cool $31.3 million dollars of cap space to operate with this offseason, and have eight picks in the 2013 NFL Draft -- including the No. 13 overall pick. Tampa Bay certainly needs plenty of help defensively, and is as logical a landing spot as any team in the league, based on needs alone.
The Buccaneers boasted the top rush defense last year, limiting opponents to a meager 82.5 rushing yards per game. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay had the worst passing defense in the league, surrendering 297.4 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks.
In today's NFL, boasting the worst pass defense in the league simply isn't likely to make you a playoff team, let alone a Super Bowl contender, unless Tom Brady is your quarterback. The Buccaneers don't have Brady, need help in the secondary, have an abundance of cap space and draft pick, making Tampa Bay an obvious suitor for Revis.
A lot of Buccaneers fans would love to see Darrelle Revis in Tampa. The question is: how realistic is this? Mike Freeman reports that the Jets are looking for first- and second-round picks, which is an extremely hefty price to pay to buy off one contract year for an injured player. But the Bucs have given up hefty prices before: the first thing Mark Dominik did when he was hired in 2009 was trade for Kellen Winslow. The tight end had a chronic knee injury, required a rich contract and cost the team a second-rounder. Could the Bucs do something like that for Revis this year?