Are the New York Jets Asking Too Much for Darrelle Revis?
At least that's the gist of the report from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:
The Bucs may pass on a chance to trade for Darrelle Revis if the Jets continue to insist on three draft picks for the Pro Bowl cornerback.
The Jets reportedly have asked for the Bucs' 13th overall pick in the NFL draft April 25, as well as selections in the third and fifth rounds. It's not clear whether one, both or neither of those later picks could come in 2014.
Tampa Bay appears ready to trade its first-round pick in 2013 and 'something else,' but the Bucs believe they are the only team with the salary cap room and the need at cornerback currently engaged in talks for Revis.
The Jets will surely miss having an elite corner to line up on receivers like Cowboy wideout Dez Bryant.
From the Jets' perspective, it's easy to understand why they see the value for Revis as so high. When healthy, Revis is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL.
From the Bucs' perspective, though, Revis is coming back from an ACL injury and has not yet shown he can still play. No one doubts he will get to that point, but the fact is he's not there yet. Although medical advances have nearly made an ACL the equivalent of road rash, there are no guarantees he'll be back to the same player he was when he returns.
Not only do the Buccaneers have to trade for him, they also have to pay him. While they have plenty of money to do so (over $35 million according to Spotrac), it adds another layer to the commitment to such an uncertain situation with Revis.
The report said they would be willing to part with "a first and 'something else'," and when looking back on past trades, top cornerbacks have usually garnered a second-round pick. Sometimes more.
- In 2004, the Washington Redskins traded cornerback Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos for running back Clinton Portis and a second-round pick.
- In 2010, the San Diego Chargers traded cornerback Antonio Cromartie to the Jets for a second-round pick.
- In 2011, the Arizona Cardinals traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb.
If the Buccaneers won't accept the three-pick trade, perhaps the Jets could ask for this year's first-round pick and next year's second-round pick. The value would be similar, even if the volume would decrease.
But who knows, maybe this whole thing could give the Jets an upper hand, as NFL Network's Albert Breer pointed out:
That being said, no other interested parties have been linked to Revis in some time. In fact, the last one was the San Francisco 49ers and they have long since been ruled out.
The Jets could benefit from trade negotiation details on Revis being public now ... If anyone feels like bidding, the price is out there.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 17, 2013
With a little over a week before the draft, time is running out, but if the Jets and Buccaneers are both committed to this thing—and the long-running rumors suggest the interest is strong—they'll work something out.
The NFL is a deadline league across the board. For now, we'll have to wait and see if this deadline, like the NFL lockout two years ago, comes and goes with no agreement.
Erik Frenz is also a Patriots/AFC East writer for Boston.com. Follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise noted, all stats obtained from Pro-Football-Reference.com, and all quotes obtained firsthand or via team press releases.
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