The New York Jets did what they had to do, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came away happy too.
Four-time Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis—considered by many to be the best cornerback in the NFL—was traded to the Buccaneers on Sunday in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick in this year's draft and a conditional third- or fourth-round pick in 2014 (via the Buccaneers' official Twitter page).
Revis and the Buccaneers also agreed on a six-year, $96 million deal with no guaranteed money, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
With a variety of needs, the Jets—who went 6-10 last season—did well to come away with multiple draft picks on Sunday. In particular, landing the Buccaneers' first-rounder could prove to be huge for the future.
The Jets now have the No. 9 and No. 13 overall picks in the 2013 NFL draft. In those spots, they could grab an explosive edge-rusher that they clearly lack and a cornerback to fill in the hole left by Revis. They could also add a guard or a wide receiver in those slots.
As for the Buccaneers, they obviously came away with one of the best cornerbacks in the league—if not the best—when he's healthy. Revis represents an instant upgrade at corner, which was the team's No. 1 need before the trade.
Combined with safeties Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson (formerly with the San Francisco 49ers), Tampa Bay's secondary suddenly doesn't look so bad. Add in the fact that the Buccaneers' 2013 schedule includes nine of the league's top 20 receivers and that Revis knows them all, and the Bucs have to be feeling great right now.
There's also the fact that the young Buccaneers didn't have to give up much to land Revis, all things considered. Yes, he's coming off a torn ACL, but the fact that the Buccaneers only gave up one draft pick for this year is a huge win for the franchise. It enables Tampa Bay to still fill some holes on the roster with some top talent in the draft, including at defensive tackle (after losing Michael Bennett to free agency).
It's a win-win for both sides. Some may say that the Jets should have received more in exchange for Revis, but with the 27-year-old coming off a torn ACL, you can see why the demand may not have been as great.
In the end, this is an exciting (and practical) deal that could boost each team in the right direction in 2013.