New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been at the center of one of the biggest stories so far this offseason.
Whispers of a potential trade have led to the belief that the star cornerback will be finding a new home before the 2013 season. It only makes sense new developments would surface just days before the NFL draft.
UPDATE: Sunday, April 21, at 1:31 p.m. ET by Justin Onslow
According to SportsCenter's Twitter account, the Bucs and Jets have agreed on the terms of a deal that will send Revis to Tampa Bay in exchange for a package that includes the 13th pick in the 2013 draft:
BREAKING: ESPN reports: Jets & Bucs agree on deal sending All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis to TB; includes 13th overall pick. Deal pends physical.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 21, 2013
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UPDATE: Sunday, April 21, at 12:38 p.m. ET by Justin Onslow
ESPN's Rich Cimini has reported new details on the pending Revis trade. According to Cimini, the trade will be pushed through pending the cornerback's physical with the Buccaneers:
Filed to ESPN: Jets and Bucs have agreed to trade comp, source confirmed. Only hurdle is physical. If it goes well, trade done by evening.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 21, 2013
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UPDATE: Sunday, April 21 at 10:29 a.m. ET by Justin Onslow
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the Buccaneers and Jets have agreed upon a trade for Revis, and a new contract is potentially in place:
Jets and Bucs have already agreed on the trade, Revis and Bucs have agreed on basic contract, deal should be finalized by tonight or Mon AM— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) April 21, 2013
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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets have granted permission for Revis to take a physical with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Breakthrough: Jets have granted permission for CB Darrelle Revis to visit Tampa Bay and undergo a physical with the Buccanners, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 21, 2013
This is a monumental development in the Revis saga. As Schefter pointed out in his following tweet, Revis and Tampa Bay would never have been given permission to perform a physical if the teams couldn't work out a trade:
Permission for Darrelle Revis to undergo Bucs physical never would have been granted if NYJ and TB couldn't work out trade. So there's that.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 21, 2013
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News confirmed Schefter’s report and provided a few more details about the visit:
Revis is leaving on a private plane provided by the Bucs out of Morristown Airport. Should be landing a little after 1 p.m.— Gary Myers (@garymyersNYDN) April 21, 2013
The Buccaneers have long been rumored to be in the hunt for the star cornerback. After fielding the league’s worst pass defense in 2012, Tampa Bay was expected to be a major player in the free-agent market in an attempt to solidify its secondary.
How much should Tampa Bay be willing to give up for Darrelle Revis?
Tampa Bay signed safety Dashon Goldson to a five-year contract, but the cornerback position remains a major concern heading into the draft. Given the lack of elite cornerback talent likely to be on the board at pick No. 13, the Buccaneers may be hedging their bets in an effort to trade for the best cover corner in the league.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, a trade involving Revis could potentially net a first-round pick for the Jets. That's a small price to pay for a cornerback widely regarded as the premier pass defender in the NFL.
That pick may not be the biggest risk, however.
Cimini also reports the Bucs are expected to give the cornerback a contract extension worth about $15 million per season. Given the prior contract disputes Revis experienced in New York, there is little doubt he will receive a new contract should a trade be accepted.
The 2007 first-round pick underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL last season, and passing a physical will be a telling sign of his progress. Should the physical go well, the Buccaneers may be on their way to making a blockbuster move for a true No. 1 cornerback.