How Potential Darrelle Revis Trade Would Benefit Jets and Bucs Long-Term
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According to ESPN.com on Monday, the Jets are expected to check out Revis beforehand:
The New York Jets have put trade talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on hold regarding Darrelle Revis, whose MRI confirmed Monday he's ahead of schedule in his rehab, sources have told ESPN.
As the Jets began voluntary workouts in the morning, sources told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio the team, before continuing to explore a trade, would examine its star cornerback for the first time since an October surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee.
Still, each side would benefit greatly from this trade and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote on the situation earlier this week:
“Pause button” or not, few will believe that the Jets now plan to keep Revis. Though there has been some speculation that Idzik thinks he could persuade Revis to sign a long-term deal, the Jets aren’t behaving like a franchise that has Revis in the long-term plans.
When will the Jets make their next playoff appearance?
To that end, let's break down each team to see the future implications of Revis ending up in Tampa Bay.
New York Jets
The Jets are in shambles right now, and it's going to take more than one season to get back on track. At the same time, shortening the rebuilding process will occur through quantity as the law of averages becomes a factor.
What I'm hearing is the current discussion is first-, third- and fifth-round picks for Revis, though I don't know which picks are this year and which next. If the Bucs stay put, they love Tavon Austin ...
Getting that many picks, regardless of what year they come from, is an enormous boost for Gang Green. That simply increases the odds of landing a future star, because any selection of the draft has great potential to quickly develop—we learned that with Alfred Morris and Russell Wilson last season.
New York already upgraded at quarterback, too, as David Garrard is certainly a better option to conduct the orchestra than Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow. Now it's just a matter of maintaining an established ground game and focusing on balance.
As for the potential draft picks, New York can then address its front seven and secondary. Counting its regular picks for future drafts and building up with numerous options is the best route. Otherwise, a greater investment risk comes with every selection when possessing a limited amount.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last season, Tampa Bay ranked No. 32 in pass defense, gave up 30 passing touchdowns and a 65.4 completion percentage. In short, bolstering the defense is definitely needed to make a run at the postseason.
Fortunately for Bucs fans, the team already fixed one aspect with safety Dashon Goldson, who signed in free agency, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Goldson is coming off arguably his best NFL season in 2012, courtesy of 11 defended passes, three picks, two fumble recoveries and 69 tackles.
Pairing him with Revis in the secondary would easily provide Tampa with the luxury of blitzing more often. Revis locks away half the field in man coverage, and Goldson is capable of rolling down to the intermediate level or reacting accordingly in Cover 1 or 3.
Factor in the NFC South as a pass-first division, and the Buccaneers need upgraded coverage to become annual playoff contenders. The offense is already in place to keep opponents off balance and control the tempo.
Sprucing up the defensive backfield will slow down the NFC's aerial assaults, but complement the front seven at the same time. As a result, Tampa Bay would field the personnel capable of matching up versus the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints to challenge for the division.
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