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There has been trade speculation surrounding star cornerback (and the Jets' best player) Darrelle Revis since even before general manager John Idzik was hired. Plenty of teams have been mentioned in the rumors, including the San Francisco 49ers, the Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots and most recently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers appear to have no problem signing Revis to a rich extension as long as the Jets are willing to trade him. As reported by Manish Mehta of NYDailyNews.com:
Sources told the News that Revis would come to the parameters of a long-term deal with the Buccaneers without much trouble if the teams come to an agreement on the draft choice compensation element of the trade.
According to Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano (also via Manish Mehta of NYDailyNews.com):
Any coach will tell you if you can take away the No. 1 receiver on the football team, it’s going to make your job easier as a defense. Sure, they’ll go to [the two, three and four receivers], but he’s No. 1 for a reason.
Without any doubt, these trade rumors will continue throughout the offseason. However, right now there is no clear evidence that the Jets will ultimately choose to send Revis away. For the moment, Revis remains the favorite to be the Week 1 starter. Assuming he is still with the team, all signs point to his knee being healthy enough by the start of the regular season.
In either case, the other cornerback spot will continue to be occupied by Antonio Cromartie, who reached his second Pro Bowl this past season.