The Buccaneers would consider giving up their first-round pick in a trade for cornerback Darrelle Revis. (Nick Laham/Getty Images Sport)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not ruled out trading their first-round pick for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reported on Monday.
At the NFL owners spring meetings in Arizona on Monday, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik did not hide his potential interest in Revis, who has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the NFL offseason.
“If we think it’s in the best interest of the team, we will do something,’’ Dominik told Stroud. “If that’s a player that everybody is speculating (Revis) or maybe it’s a player at a position that nobody has thought about. But certainly, these meetings are very healthy for those kinds of discussions to see if there is a way to get this team better and does that include players or draft picks or a combination? That’s what we’ll look at.’’
The Buccaneers have the 13th pick in next month's NFL Draft. But the team views Revis as much more of a sure thing in its attempt to revamp its secondary. Last week, the Bucs agreed to a five-year deal with former 49ers safety Dashon Goldson.
Dominik gushed about the rarity of a shutdown corner like Revis.
“They’re really hard to find,’’ Dominik said. “They really are rare and that makes them an interesting commodity. You go into the draft every year and everybody thinks maybe that’s the guy but there are very few of them. When they come out, it’s pretty noticeable who they are.’’
According to Stroud, however, any deal likely wouldn't get done for at least the next few weeks.