Tuesday night, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a deal between the Jets and Bucs was imminent.
I'm hearing CB Darelle Revis will be traded to the Bucs. Details just need to be ironed out.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 13, 2013
Only to backtrack a few moments later and "clarify" his previous statement.
Clarifying my earlier Revis tweet: Nothing is done yet. But I'm hearing that Bucs are the likely landing spot. Don't want to jump the gun.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 13, 2013
But such is the case in a day and age where social media parlays misinformation into tangible information in the blink of an eye.
While an actual deal for Revis has yet to be finalized between the Jets and any team, the fact remains that the move would make sense for the Bucs should they eventually land the 27-year-old cornerback—as long as they don't give away the house in the process.
All of which brings us back to the root of why a deal for Revis hasn't already been made: value. The Jets want to believe the trade value for an injured, never-quite-happy defensive back is much higher than the rest of the league clearly believes he's worth.
The Jets have long been rumored to be seeking at least one, possibly even two, first-round picks as part of a compensation package for Revis. With NFL teams clearly balking at the asking price, Gang Green has been backed into the proverbial corner.
Not only are teams not willing to part with the multiple high draft picks, but they would still have to reach a long-term deal with the cornerback, a figure the New York Post is reporting to be as high as $100 million over the life of the contract.
Couple that with the fact that not only will the Jets lose him to free agency at the end of the 2013 season and get nothing in return, but the 2013 free agent market is flooded with much more affordable defensive backs that can be had without giving away any draft compensation at all.
In short, the Jets have zero leverage in the deal.
As such, I don't fault the Bucs for taking an exploratory trip to Revis Island. After all, the asking price for his services via trade may never be lower.
But they should be mindful of the fact that while adding one of the game's premier cornerbacks would improve their chances of success, it shouldn't come at the expense of long-term stability—financial or otherwise.
That's because the Bucs have several of their own that they need to save financial resources for in the coming years. Why risk losing the core group of players because of short-sightedness?
Again, I'm not advocating for or against a deal for Revis. I'm simply stating that should the Bucs decide to make a deal, they should only do so as long as it doesn't risk the long-term health of the franchise.
J.J. can be reached by e-mail at BRJJRodriguez@gmail.com