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Leverage works both ways
Posted Apr 11, 2013 by Ira Kaufman
Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 04:45 PM
BY IRA KAUFMAN
TAMPA—Leverage is in the eye of the beholder.
During this ongoing Darrelle Revis saga between the Jets and Bucs, many observers have declared that Tampa Bay holds all the cards. It is assumed Jets owner Woody Johnson wants to flee Revis Island and ultimately, new GM John Idzik has to do what his boss wants.
So the common wisdom suggests the Bucs can wait the Jets out. If Revis plays out his contract and becomes a free agent in 2014, New York could end up getting little in return for the NFL’s premier cornerback, when healthy.
But the Bucs also enter this situation with a sense of urgency.
One of the worst pass defenses in league history has added Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson in free agency, but cornerback remains a pressing need.
In Idzik’s mind, the Bucs are desperate to finalize a trade for Revis because the alternative is hard to digest for Buc fans. Without Revis on board, Tampa Bay’s depth chart at the corner this summer would likely read Eric Wright, Leonard Johnson and a draft pick or two.
That lineup isn’t likely to cause Julio Jones and Roddy White many sleepless nights.
The reality is both sides need this deal to happen, based on their objectives.
While the Jets are in rebuilding mode, trying to get younger, the Bucs are poised for a playoff run if they can turn their defense into an acceptable unit.
We’re not talking Top 10, just middle of the pack.
In reality, both sides feel they have some leverage. That sounds like a good formula to get a deal done.