ESPNThe New York Jets have traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick in Thursday night’s draft and a conditional selection next year. The Buccaneers announced the deal on Sunday, saying Revis agreed to a new six-year contract.The deal is worth $96 million, making Revis the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history, but includes no guaranteed money, according to sources close to the Pro Bowl cornerback. The conditional pick headed to the Jets is a fourth-round selection in 2014, but could become a third-rounder if Revis is on Tampa Bay’s roster on the third day of the 2014 league year, sources said. The Buccaneers will formally introduce Revis during a news conference Monday at noon ET. The six-year, $96 million deal would make Revis one of the NFL’s two highest-paid defensive players along with Mario Williams. Revis will not be released before this season, meaning he is assured of making this season’s base salary, but his contract includes none of the money that the NFL refers to as “guaranteed” money. Tampa Bay would be able to release Revis before any season without incurring any salary-cap charge. The final obstacle to the deal was completed Sunday, when Revis flew on a private plane from New Jersey to Tampa, Fla., to undergo a physical that included a comprehensive checkup on his knee. He passed it, making the trade official. “We have no concerns about Darrelle Revis’ physical condition,” a Bucs senior team official told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. “He will be out there the first day of training camp and ready to go Week 1.” The three sides — the Jets, the Buccaneers and Revis — spent the weekend hammering out their respective agreements. The Jets are now satisfied with the two picks they would receive from the Buccaneers, giving New York the ninth and 13th picks Thursday night. Revis is happy with the new contract he will receive from the Buccaneers. Plus, with no state income tax in Florida, Revis now will pay less in state tax from the Buccaneers than the $538,200 he would have had he remained with the Jets on his $6 million salary in New Jersey this season. And Tampa Bay is pleased to acquire the league’s top cornerback to upgrade its pass defense and to match up against division rivals such as Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. As if that wasn’t enough drama, there’s more ahead. In Week 1, the Buccaneers open against the Jets.
This trade had been rumored for months, and the move helps the Jets move forward and the Buccaneers get better, but I was surprised by the compensation. I thought the Jets would get more in exchange for the best cornerback in football, and although the thirteenth overall pick and the 2013 draft and a likely 3rd round pick is nice, I expected the Jets to also receive a mid-round pick in the 2013 draft as well. Still the Jets will get some good players that can help them immediately, it is bad luck for them that there are no offensive playmakers that can help then score points who will be worth taking with those selections.
The trade makes a lot of sense for the Buccaneers, who were going to have to reach for a cornerback with the thirteenth pick anyway, since it is a major need. Their leaky secondary, which cost then several games last season, now has added Revis and safety Dashon Goldson this offseason, two of the best players at their respective positions in football.