For Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ fans wanting Darrelle Revis, this following tweet is not going to inspire much confidence heading into this weekend:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 5, 2013
But should this be a cause for concern for Bucs’ fans wanting to see their team make a big splash and acquire the All-Pro corner?
In a word, no.
There are multiple reasons as to why this story is a non-story, but the first and most important reason is that Revis has nothing to gain by telling a journalist that he expects to be traded. He has expressed a desire to remain a Jet, and isn’t going to help contract negotiations or trade negotiations by admitting that he wants, or expects, a trade to occur. Just like the words of a coach or GM should be taken with a grain of salt, so should the words of a veteran player given to a journalist in a situation like this.
With tampering rules restricting teams from talking about having an interest players currently on other teams, and players being coached by publicists and agents, there are no honest soundbites to come out of anyone involved in a trade or free agency situation where large sums of money over multiple years are involved. This quote is about as useful as a Bill Belichick press conference, and should not be used to either encourage or discourage a Buccaneer fan awaiting a big trade this month.
At this point, we will likely not learn anything new until a deal is in place. There is no more room for rumors, the interest in Revis is clear in Tampa Bay, and the desire to move him is clear in New York. So ignore reports and soundbites, and keep an eye out for the actual deal being completed. Or be patient as the Bucs take to a plan B, and use their draft choices to bring in rookie corners, instead. Either way, a second hand quote from Darrelle Revis gives us no more information about the situation than we had two weeks ago.