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Fennelly: Buccaneers need to be bold and go get Revis

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Published:   |   Updated: April 11, 2013 at 09:43 PM

Go get him.

Go get Darrelle Revis.

The Bucs want him. They'd be insane not to want him. Remember, they watched that 2012 secondary, too, a crime scene if there ever was one.

The Glazers and Bucs coach Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik want Revis. I think they need Revis. I'd trade a No. 13 draft pick for him in a heartbeat.

It's time to do something dynamic.

The Bucs offense is good enough to make the playoffs.

It's up to the defense to catch up.

Go get Revis.

If this team runs out the chronically unreliable Eric Wright and a-ways-to-go Leonard Johnson at starting cornerback, it should be ashamed of itself. Heads should roll if the Jets are willing and the Bucs aren't.

Understand that there are a lot of factors in any Revis deal.

The X factor is the state of Revis' surgically repaired left knee, though the thought of Revis on one leg gives me scant more pause than Eric Wright on two — and Adderall.

The Y factor is being able to get Revis to agree to the Bucs' contract structure. But it's doable — $15 million per season is not out of the Bucs' realm of thinking.

Then there's the Z, the biggest factor: Do the Jets really want to move Revis? It's assumed that Jets owner Woody Johnson wants to unload Revis, but perhaps John Idzik isn't in love with the idea of dumping Revis being his first major act as Jets GM.

You know Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn't want to lose Revis, for the precise reason Schiano needs him. The man is a game-changer.

The Bucs need to get Revis.

Here's the biggest reason why: Their offense is good enough.

We saw what Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson did, what the Bucs offense did even after losing Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks, even factoring in Josh Freeman brain cramps.

Is this offense capable of getting the Bucs to the playoffs?

Yes.

It's not about the Super Bowl. Heck, Peyton Manning didn't get the Broncos to the Super Bowl. No one guy can guarantee that. But if you think the Bucs offense is good enough to put this team in contention, but the defense is holding it back, then anything and everything should be on the table.

And the 13th pick in the draft isn't everything. It isn't mortgaging your future. The NFL is never about the future anyway. It's about now, right now.

Or maybe this franchise needs to consider its increasingly distant past. The Bucs haven't won a playoff game since they won the Super Bowl. They haven't been to the postseason since the 2007 season.

If the Bucs really feel they're close, how can they afford to not go get Revis?

You're talking about giving up a No.?13 pick, already a fuzzy part of the draft, for a known quantity — when healthy, the best cornerback in football.

You're telling me it wouldn't change any given Sunday if Drew Brees or Matt Ryan or any other QB looked over and saw Revis? They'd stop looking over after a while.

You're telling me the Bucs wouldn't be able to blitz more, or double the other team's second-best receiver, with Revis back there?

You're telling me he couldn't help the Bucs win two or three more games?

The Bucs are getting scads of free publicity from all the Revis chatter without spending a dime. Maybe they figure they can't lose, that they either get Revis or say they tried, but the Jets won't give him up.

But I think the Jets need to give him up.

And the Bucs need to go get him.

It's time for something dynamic.

It's time to go get Darrelle Revis.

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