Sometimes in life things just work out.
Here we sit, on the cusp of free agency for the 2014 NFL season and the news is just pouring out.
Among this news was a surprising bit of information about Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Apparently, someone isn't wanted.
But, how could this be?
You give up a first-round pick and shell out $16 million for a 4-12 season and one Pro Bowl berth? Seems crazy, but that's what happens when it's a whole new front office. Times are different in Tampa Bay.
Moentarily it makes sense but it also does football-wise too. Lovie Smith runs a Tampa 2 and with that system comes cornerbacks that specialize more in zone coverage. Revis' specialty is man-to-man coverage but a player with his talents would be able to adjust, right?
It would seem so, but I'm sure there is something Lovie knows that we don't - however it could mean something more.
If the Bucs trade or release Revis it will free up $16 million in cap room. They are already $23 million under the cap. You do the math.
Tampa could go after any free agent(s) they want and still have plenty of room to sign their draft class. They are also set for 2015 and 2016 cap-wise as well.
Why not go for Alterraun Verner and Michael Johnson?
That seems to be what is happening here. And it all is working out just perfectly.
A report from a day ago in Tampa has the Bucs making a hard push for Johnson. Pairing him along with Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn would make the Bucs' front seven one of the most fearsome in the league.
Tampa would finally have a front four comparable to the one they had in 2002, when they won the Super Bowl.
Many of the free-agent defensive backs are getting picked up as well. Sam Shields just signed a big deal with Green Bay and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is expected to be back in Denver.
That only leaves Verner - a cornerback who has flourished in zone coverage schemes. He is a ballhawk and relies on instinct, much like former Bucs DB Ronde Barber who played under current Bucs' Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier.
With this move you instantly shed yourself of Revis' massive contract and gain two young, talented players who fit perfectly into your defensive system.
Life works out, indeed.