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:
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:
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:
And as Rotoworld's Evan Silva noted, the Jets' plan is also clear:
Bleacher Report's Ian Kenyon believes they shouldn't stop there, either. They need to completely go back to square one:
ESPN's Mike Greenberg found an opening to take a shot at the Jets' putrid offense:
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:
However, ESPN's Andrew Brandt reminds us about the details that make this a bit of a groundbreaking deal: