The Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year shook up the football world when they traded a first round pick for All-Planet cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Just one short year later, the Bucs may shake up the NFL again by cutting Revis and his $16 million salary for 2014, dropping a huge fish into the pool with just hours until the beginning of free agent frenzy.
The Bucs reportedly have been attempting to trade Revis, but it’s unlikely that a trade market will develop for the talented and brash 29-year-old cornerback. It’s anticipated that teams will simply sit and wait for Revis to be cut, then put in their bids.
The Vikings as of now are not thought to be interested in Revis. But even if the Vikes don’t enter the Revis bidding, his appearance on the market could have drastic implications for the team as they go about the difficult task of rebuilding their defense.
The Vikes are looking to upgrade their defensive personnel in a big way, and are expected to dip into free agency to add talent at cornerback. It’s unlikely as of now that they would bid on one of the bigger names at the top of the list, but adding Revis to the free agent pool might change up the landscape enough to put Minnesota in the conversation for a player they might otherwise not have looked at.
A team that formerly might have targeted Alterraun Verner or Vontae Davis or Aqib Talib may now look at Revis instead, pushing those other players and the men below them down a rung on the ladder. The Vikings, conscious as always of not overspending in free agency, might become interested in this hypothetical unforeseen bargain.
Where before the Vikes might only have been interested in a mid- to low-range free agent like Nolan Carroll, now they might be willing to reach up a little and pluck a piece of fruit that is hanging lower than they originally expected.
All this depends on Revis actually being cut, but that seems inevitable as of right now, and when it happens it could create a domino effect that makes Viking fans happy. At the very least, the Revis development will add an extra layer of intrigue to a free agency period that already figured to be highly dramatic.
Free agency begins Tuesday afternoon at 3 PM central time. Be sure to hit up The Viking Age repeatedly over the course of the day for more updates on potential Vikings targets.