What's Holding Up a Darrelle Revis Trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Caleb AbnerContributor IIIApril 17, 2013


What in the world can possibly be holding up the long-awaited trade between the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that would mean three-time All-Pro Darrelle Revis suiting up in pewter?

Despite the daily barrage of rumors regarding the trade, we still don't seem to be getting any closer to a deal being finalized.

This doesn't mean the trade is any less likely to happen; in the words of Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, this trade makes too much sense not to take place. 

He points out that New York has no interest in re-signing Revis past 2013, when his contract is set to expire. The Jets don't want to lose him for nothing, so they've got to trade him.

There is no better potential trade partner than Tampa Bay. According to Banks, the Bucs are willing to pay the corner the annual $15 million should he play for them. They could do so with ease; they aren't lacking in the cap space department. (Spotrac.com has them $35 million under the salary cap for 2013.)

The Bucs also need help at cornerback. Two of the four main starters (Aqib Talib, Eric Wright, E.J. Biggers and Leonard Johnson) from last year will be wearing different colors this year. Only Wright and Johnson remain.

The departures won't help what was the NFL's worst passing defense in 2012 get any better.

This is a trade that would benefit both sides, so what's the issue?

First, let's look at what each team wants. 

The Bucs obviously want Revis. Rumors have come up saying that they might take quarterback Mark Sanchez as well. That doesn't mean they want him, however, so let's consider him off the table.

It's what the Jets want in the trade that is causing problems. New York wants not only Tampa's first-round draft pick, the 13th overall selection, but a few other picks as well. There are reports that the Bucs are willing to send their first-round draft pick to the Big Apple.

We can assume, however, that the Bucs don't want to give much more than lucky No. 13 up. If they did, this trade would have been in the books by now. 

Perhaps Tampa feels that, because of the uncertainty surrounding Revis' knee (he had to undergo major surgery on it after an October injury), he isn't worth that many picks.

But the corner is healing well. With the seasons Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning had in 2012, the stock for All-Pros returning from season-ending injuries is at all-time high. If anything, we should almost expect that post-injury Revis will be just as good as pre-injury Revis, if not better. Even a slightly less talented Revis would still be worth a first-rounder and a couple of other picks as well.

Maybe Tampa thinks that in a draft this deep (if John Elway says so, it must be true), the value of mid-round picks is too high for them to be sent away idly. 

The Buccaneers could be playing chicken with New York, figuring that it'll be the Jets who will give in on the trade demands. After all, the Bucs can always sign Revis once his contract expires after this season.

Maybe it's some combination of all three possibilities.

But whatever is holding up this trade, both teams need to work it out for the common good.