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Bucs not concerned about future contract disputes with Revis



Darrelle Revis is most well-known for being a shutdown cornerback who can reduce the league’s best receivers to also-rans when matched against them.

But he also has a reputation for being a player who will go to great lengths to get paid what he believes he is worth. That includes a contentious 2010 contract holdout that caused him to miss most of training camp. The ensuing deal eventually proved insufficient, leading to this week’s trade to Tampa Bay because the Jets weren’t confident they could re-sign him after the season.

So, why are the Bucs so confident this won’t happen to them? How do they know Revis is going to be a happy camper?

Nothing assures it, but general manager Mark Dominik cited several reasons. For one, despite the fact his contract has no guarantees in it, he is being paid top dollar and likely wouldn’t do better if he held out for more.

“In this deal,” Dominik said of Revis, “he knows if he shows up, every year he’s going to make 16 million bucks.”

The Bucs have agreed to pay Revis $16 million annually for six years on a $96 million deal.

There also is incentive in the deal for Revis to show up in the offseason, with $1.5 million workout bonuses built in to each year of the deal. A holdout could prevent him from earning those bonuses.

Another factor that gave Dominik a comfort level is his familiarity with Revis’ agents, the same duo who represent Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson and negotiated a $55 million deal with him last season.

“I have history with Jonathan Feinsod and Neil Schwartz,” Dominik said. “We did the deal with Vincent Jackson, who was a guy who held out and had issues with his contract (in San Diego). We have a very good working relationship and I think that’s what helped this deal happen. Because I know them and I know their style and what they try to do and the way they value things. I think that’s why our style fits as it does with Vincent and a lot of our players.”

[Last modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 2:27pm]


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