Revis Island is floating south.
After months of speculation, the New York Jets finally traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the official terms of the deal:
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
Trade official: Darrelle Revis passed physical. Bucs send 1st in 2013 and conditional 4th in 2014 that could be 3rd to Jets. More on ESPNews2013-4-21 20:44:27
Although this is a move that many have been suspecting for a while, that doesn't take away from it being a massive trade with important ramifications.
The Bucs were on the brink of major success last year, but clearly needed a lockdown corner in a bad way. Despite coming back from ACL surgery, Revis is widely regarded as the best in the league.
New York, meanwhile, is clearly in rebuild mode, and it will be able to better jump start that process now with two of the top 13 picks in this week's draft.
As such with a deal of this magnitude, Twitter responded wholeheartedly.
First, John Geiger, who is Revis' marketing and business manager, tweeted out a picture of the cornerback signing his new deal with the Bucs:
Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora
Darrelle Revis extension with the Bucs is 6 years, max of $96M - $16M a year. Puts him among highest paid defensive players ever2013-4-21 20:55:28
Manish Mehta @MMehtaNYDN
None of the $96 million deal that Darrelle Revis signed with the Bucs is guaranteed, I'm told. #nyj2013-4-21 20:55:29
In 2012, the Bucs were 28th in defensive completion percentage, 29th in the NFL in yards per pass allowed and dead last in passing yards allowed. As the team's official Twitter account astutely pointed out, this deal does a good job at addressing that anemic flaw:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @TBBuccaneers
Revis AND Goldson? Has any team addressed a need (in Bucs case, the secondary) more thoroughly than the Bucs this offseason?2013-4-21 21:12:35
And as Rotoworld's Evan Silva noted, the Jets' plan is also clear:
Evan Silva @evansilva
#Jets 2013 draft picks post-Revis trade: 9, 13, 39, 72, 106, 141, 178, 215. Eight in all. Will almost certainly try to get more.2013-4-21 21:15:30
Bleacher Report's Ian Kenyon believes they shouldn't stop there, either. They need to completely go back to square one:
Ian Kenyon @IanKenyonNFL
Jets really need to just clean house now. Get rid of Sanchez, Rex, Tebow, everything. Just start it all over. Blow the whole thing up.2013-4-21 21:28:59
ESPN's Mike Greenberg found an opening to take a shot at the Jets' putrid offense:
Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny
There is a much better chance of Revis scoring a TD week one then there is the #Jets scoring one.2013-4-21 21:21:19
The Jets and the Buccaneers, of course, face off in New York in Week 1.
NFL.com's Albert Breer breaks down Revis' contract versus some of the league's other truly elite players:
Albert Breer @AlbertBreer
... Also, Revis is now the NFL's 7th highest paid player, and 3rd-highest paid non-QB, behind only Calvin ($16.2M) and Fitzgerald ($16.14M)2013-4-21 21:24:00
However, ESPN's Andrew Brandt reminds us about the details that make this a bit of a groundbreaking deal:
Andrew Brandt @AndrewBrandt
As per multiple reports, no guaranteed money in Revis contract. Ultimate "pay as you go" deal. No proration, no cap hit if/when cut.2013-4-21 21:06:10