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Altanta, Beware Of Revis Island

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Shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.
Shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.

Revis Island is coming to Tampa, and the Falcons should beware.

According to reports from Yahoo! Sports, the New York Jets traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. In return, the Jets will recieve the Bucs' 13th overall pick in this year's draft and a conditional 2014 pick (either third or fourth round pick).  He also agreed to a six-year, $96 million dollar contract.

The Falcons and the rest of the pass-heavy NFC South should prepare to slow down Revis immediately. With the trade, the Bucs now have a shutdown corner who can keep up (and even overhelm) players in the division like Julio Jones and Marques Colston. Matt Ryan may have less people to throw to if Revis decides to cover either Jones or Roddy White.

On the other hand, Revis can actually help the Falcons. Keep in mind that Revis is turning 28 by the start of the season. He may enter the prime of his career, but torn ACLs can rob players of their speed. If Revis becomes slow, then he's not a big threat to the offense anymore. That can give Ryan the licesne to throw long over Revis. And even if the shutdown corner is 100 percent, he can only cover one player at a time. The rest of the recieving corps, like White and Harry Douglas, will be able to step in and overpower the rest of the Bucs' secondary.

Depending on how healthy his knee is this season, the Falcons must stay way from Revis Island as much as possible in order to remain dominant in the NFC South.