The Buccaneers are among the top five teams expected to actively participate in free agent aquisitions this off season. Every team in the league does, but like the Bucs last year, expectations are high. Mark Dominik can't sign a guy like Charles Woodson to the Bucs roster. Here's why.
Charles Woodson is going to demand $10 million dollars for the 2013 year. He has only one year guarenteed in the tank. Woodson's agent may likely push for a 2 year deal, but if the Bucs were to go the Woodson route, they would have to select a safety in this years draft to follow in his footsteps for the future. While it is my belief they still will draft a prospect, spending $10 million dollars on the position is too much. Charles Woodson fills a need at ONE position out of ELEVEN. He is talented and experienced but there is another avenue that fills more than one defensive postion, without the drafting of multiple men.
Trading a first round pick for a player from another team is the equivelent to simply drafting that player, outside of the players contract. I suggest making Darrelle Revis the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, and doing so by trading New York our first round draft pick. Now since I realize this idea is going to be met with opposition, let me explain very simply how aquiring Revis would fill more than one defensive position.
Last year, we had a top 3 run defense. Scheme wise, Coach Schiano focused greatly on stopping the run and Lavonte David was spectacular. Therefore, stacking seven in the box aloud the Bucs to effectively prevent running backs from entering the secondary. But with that in mind, the secondary couldn't figure out how to stop opposing recievers, shown in our 32nd ranked pass defense. I'm suggesting we maintain our run defense and stack the box. Revis will effectively eliminate the number one reciever of any offense. Therefore, the remaining three defensive backs can focus on the remaining TE and WR. The numbers would be in our favor for both run and pass defense. Revis Island can take an entire side of the field away. If our underperforming secondary from last year was always playing with a shortend field, then 32 becomes 18. If we draft a safety then in round two, 18 can be 13. Realistically, with the number 1 run defense, all we need is a top 15 pass defense to be feared.
Revis wants reportedly just north of Mario Williams 6 year, $96 million deal. Tampa Bay will lock up number one recievers and running backs for the next decade.