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Bucs deflect Revis trade speculation

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Published:   |   Updated: February 27, 2014 at 09:55 AM

TAMPA — All of a sudden there is talk everywhere of the Buccaneers possibly trading cornerback Darrelle Revis, but a move involving Revis would seem to run contrary to the Bucs defensive plans for 2014.

Although he is a big proponent of the zone-based Tampa 2 defense and may use that scheme as his base coverage, Bucs coach Lovie Smith says the Bucs will play more man-to-man schemes than zone schemes.

“We’re primarily going to be a man team,’ Smith said during a break at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week. “Whether we win or lose is going to be based on how we play man coverage.’’

Revis is considered the best man-to-man cover corner, with a contract that is scheduled to pay him a non-guaranteed $16 million in 2014.

That contract and a belief that the Bucs will play primarily zone schemes on defense sparked reports earlier this week suggesting rival teams were gauging the Bucs interest in moving Revis.

That has set off a firestorm of speculation regarding Revis’ future with the Bucs, but other than hinting that they may want to restructure Revis’ contract, the Bucs have said nothing to indicate a move is on the horizon.

“I know that Lovie has reached out a few times (regarding a possible restructure), but I’m not sure if we’ve connected,’’ Bucs General Manager Jason Licht said recently. “Just like anybody’s contract, it’s an opportunity.

“But we really are still evaluating everything and part of that position is, what’s out there in the draft, what’s out there in free agency. What options do we have? I’m not saying we’re doing one thing or another. It’s nothing we’ve approached yet.’’

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