Darrelle Revis seems to be on his way out the door in the Big Apple, as the New York Jets appear to be on the verge of trading the Pro Bowl cornerback.
There has been no shortage of rumored suitors for Revis in the past several weeks, but Jets general manager John Idzik is looking for the right deal to position the franchise for long-term success.
The perfect trade partner for the Jets is easily the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it's not just based on the team’s need for a shutdown defender.
Newsday reported Tuesday that Tampa Bay is “poised to be [Revis’] potential landing spot” and the team is “open to the possibility of a trade.”
Idzik and Bucs general manager Mark Dominik used to work together in the Tampa Bay front office. The Buccaneers also have about $30 million in cap room to spend on Revis.
Revis also has experience playing for several members of the Buccaneers coaching staff. Special teams coordinator Dave Wannstedt coached the Jets cornerback in his college days at Pitt, while safeties coach Jeff Hafley was Revis’ positions coach in college.
Although they are not as perfect of a fit as the Bucs, the Philadelphia Eagles are another strong potential trade partner with the Jets. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports the Eagles are one of the teams interested in trading for Revis.
The Eagles just cut former Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha after a disappointing two-year tenure with the team. The move freed up some serious cap space for Philadelphia, as Asomugha was slated to make $15 million this season.
With new Eagles coach Chip Kelly looking to make his mark in his first year as a head coach in the NFL, bringing in Revis could be a smart move.
While the San Francisco 49ers remain a fringe player in the Revis sweepstakes, the Bay Area franchise could be a dark horse in the race to acquire the Jets cornerback.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports first floated the idea of the 49ers acquiring Revis on Feb. 27, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen shot down the rumor March 6, reporting that a high-ranking team source said San Francisco’s interest in Revis is “.001 on a scale of 1-10.”
But Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday the 49ers are still “in [the] mix” for Revis.
There may be better matches out there for Revis, but the 49ers and Jets do match up to a certain degree for a trade for the Pro Bowl cornerback.