The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shocked the fan base and frankly the entire NFL in trading CB Eric Wright to the San Francisco 49ers for a late conditional pick. And while this trade will lead us to make many inferences (stick around on TPP and you’ll hear most of them), the biggest takeaway in the wake of this deal should be the Buccaneers trust in the health of one Darrelle Revis.
And while Greg Schiano’s comments at his most recent press conference were positive enough, the Bucs have now made a concrete move to show their belief in seeing Darrelle Revis on the field Week 1.
The Buccaneers secondary was dreadful a year ago. So they went out and grabbed Revis, added Dashon Goldson via free agency, and drafted Johnthan Banks. But they took a huge risk on Revis and his ACL injury he suffered in Week 3 of last season. The Buccaneers then turned around and gave Revis a massive contract extension before ever seeing him play a down.
So this isn’t the first leap of faith the Bucs have placed in Revis, but trading Wright is the most telling. If Revis can’t go, we all expected Wright to step in and cover the opposing team’s top receiver. But now with Wright gone, if Revis isn’t ready the Bucs would be back in the same situation they couldn’t escape last year, not having enough talent at corner.
The Bucs were already putting a ton on Revis’ shoulders (or should I say knee), but now they are essentially all in. If Revis gets back being the best corner in the league, the loss of Wright will be marginal, if even noticeable, but if Revis doesn’t we could be in for a recurring nightmare.