Jets Trade Revis To Tampa Bay
By Michael Ferraro
Revis Island is now located in Tampa, Florida after the Buccaneers agreed to trade away their 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft to the Jets. The deal also includs a conditional pick in next year's draft that could go as high as third round.
This is a clear sign that the Jets are in rebuilding mode as they now have the ninth and 13th overall pick in Thursday’s draft. This trade makes a lot of sense for everyone involved — it allows the Jets to get some value for Revis instead of letting him walk for nothing at the end of the season, when he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent; Revis gets his big pay day, even though none of it is guaranteed; and Tampa Bay upgrades a secondary that was shredded last season.
The Jets can say all they want how they aren’t rebuilding, but actions speak louder than words. This move shows a team that is in the process of rebuilding. Revis was one of the best players the Jets have produced over the last decade and while it will be hard for some fans to swallow losing Revis, everyone involved that he was able to get something back. Some people will want to replace Revis right away but that is unrealistic as they have so many other pressuring needs, plus Revis, arguably the best cornerback in the league, may never actually be able to be replaced.
The Buccaneers and the Jets have been in trade talks about Revis for a few months now and only over the past few days did things start to really heat up with the NFL Draft quickly approaching. After the Jets gave the Buccaneers permission to talk with Revis and examine his surgically repaired left knee, it was announced that Revis would be indeed be going to Tampa.
Getting the 13th overall pick allows the Jets to be a little more flexible with their first selection at No. 9 and should be interesting to see who they take with those two first-round picks because they have so many needs in a lot of key areas. With the NFL schedule coming out this past Thursday we already know Darrelle Revis' first game in Tampa Bay uniform will take place at MetLife Stadium against the Jets in Week 1.