21 April 2013

Breaking down the Darrelle Revis trade to the Buccaneers

The contract tango between the New York Jets and Darrelle Revis has come to a conclusion as the team came to an agreement to send the star cornerback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay will send their first round selection in Thursday's draft, 13th overall, as well as a selection in next year's draft (see my latest mock featuring this trade going through).

These two teams have been discussing this deal for a couple of months now but how does it shape up for both now that it is all but done?

The Jets really had no choice but to deal Revis at some point. Of course you hate to get rid of a player the caliber of Revis, quite possibly the best cornerback in the NFL, even when he is coming off a torn ACL. But the team made clear that they were not going to give Revis the big contract extension that he was looking for and given the fact that he could have opted out of his deal after next season, since the team would be unable to apply him the franchise tag, all they would get for him would be a compensatory pick in the 2015 draft. Dealing him now would give them an immediate haul for a team with a lot of needs and now they can immediately find a replacement early in potentially Dee Milliner or Xavier Rhodes, if they so choose.

While the Buccaneers appeared to be the only team in negotiations to make a move for Revis, and especially since the Jets were in a bind, they really did not have a lot of leverage considering how clear it was that they were on the hunt for the star corner and how desperately they needed help in their secondary. They will be able to give Revis the big contract that he so desires considering how much cap room they have (more than $30 million) and they appeared to give up a little less than what had been rumored. Of course, all is moot if Revis is not completely recovered from his serious knee injury but for a player his caliber, it is just about worth it to roll the dice.

Ultimately, both teams get what they wanted; New York gets some much needed draft picks, although not as much as they were hoping, and Tampa gets the star defender they craved. And oh by the way, these two will play week one in the Meadowlands. So that should be fun.

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