The Darrelle Revis trade saga appears to be over far more suddenly than it began.
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that pending a standard physical, a trade for the superstar cornerback will be done by this evening.
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
The Revis situation has been an ongoing one since the beginning of the offseason. It is without a doubt the first major decision of general manager John Idzik's new tenure. According to Copeland:
Revis and the Buccaneers have been working on a long-term contract for several days, sources briefed on the process told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Substantial progress has been made, Rapoport reports, and the Buccaneers seem comfortable enough to make the trade, knowing Revis wouldn't be a one-year rental. The physical is thought to be the trade's final piece before everything comes together.
Coming off of a season-ending ACL tear, the former (and perhaps future) best defensive back in the NFL has an uncertain value. With his health in question and with the expectation of a huge salary looming in the near future, trade rumors only rose up surrounding a few target teams.
For the past several weeks, the Buccaneers have been the key team in the discussion. If the reports are true, one would have to assume that the Buccaneers have come to an understanding with Revis about a long-term contract extension.
For a while now, the expectation has been that if a trade were to happen for Revis, this week would be the week. With the 2013 NFL Draft upcoming later in the week, this was the last opportunity for the Jets to get 2013 draft picks in return for their best player. To quote a recent piece by Mike Florio of NBCSports.com:
If the Jets are going to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers, it needs to happen soon. More specifically, the Bucs need to give Revis a physical soon.
As Florio and many others (including Steve Serby of NYPost.com) have highlighted, the most crucial agreement point in the rumored trade discussions appears to have been the Buccaneers' 13th overall pick in the upcoming draft.
While the exact terms of the deal have not yet come out, it seems likely based on previous reports that the Buccaneers are yielding their 13th overall pick, as well as potentially other picks. If that is the case, then this draft's first round suddenly becomes very interesting for the Jets, who would possess both the No. 9 and No. 13 overall pick.
After six years, four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro seasons in New York, it seems Revis may be switching uniforms. More news is sure to follow throughout the day.