BY: John Mamola
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers release of corner back Darrelle Revis after only one season did not come as a shock to many around the league. With the old regime of Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano out and Lovie Smith and Jason Licht stepping in, changes were going to be made at nearly every position on the field.
The Buccaneers went nearly 30 minutes before the deadline to release the pro bowl corner back or else the team would have had to pay Revis a 1.5 million dollar roster bonus. Future NFL Hall Of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks joined WDAE’s “The Steve Duemig Show” on Wednesday immediately following the news, and said that he understands why the move was made.
“I believe two things came into play here. One is the economics of what it would cost this team on the books to keep him, and secondly the style of defense that they are playing may not suit his skill set,” said Brooks.
With the release of Revis, it saved $16 million dollars in salary cap space plus a third round draft pick with a fourth round pick going to the New York Jets. Brooks believes the core of Lovie Smith’s defense is not too reliant on the corner back position, but more towards the front four.
“This system is built from front to back, and not the other way around,” said Brooks. “Typically you’ll see in this defense the bigger economics in the defense is usually spent from front to back, and not back to front.”
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