For over a month, one of the hottest rumors in the NFL has been the potential trade of New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to the rumors, the reason this trade has not happened yet surrounds the asking price by the Jets. Reportedly, the Buccaneers want to offer up draft picks for the 2014 season but the Jets seem locked in on the Buccaneers first-round pick this year, Tampa holds the 13th pick in the first round later this month.
On Friday, Ian Rapoport tweeted that a source close to Revis suggests that the corner is “not optimistic” regarding the trade to the Buccaneers. “Fron Total Access: According to someone who spoke to #Jets CB Darrelle Revis recently, he’s ‘not optimistic’ a deal with #Bucs gets done.”
The Buccaneers seem to hold the upper hand in these current discussions. No other team seems to be active in trade talks with the Jets. Current speculation involving a deal between the two teams now surrounds a possible deal being reached on draft day, which is 20 days away. The Jets have suggested that they have no plans to offer Revis a new deal after his final contract year is over in 2013 if he remains with the team.
The Buccaneers need to know if Revis can return to being the same dominant corner he was prior to his ACL injury. Tampa seems to be steadfast in only offering up a first-round selection in the 2014 and the Jets might seriously think about that offer.
There is a very real possibility that the Jets could see a head coaching change next season and that would result after New York failed to deliver on the field once again. With a new head coach in place, wouldn’t the Jets want the new staff to have two first-round picks to start off their tenure with the team rather than giving Rex Ryan two picks this year? The Jets have not made wise decisions under Ryan and the salary cap constrained team has to realize that reaching the playoffs in 2013 is a longshot with the current roster.
Tampa has a serious need at the corner position and has been silent in free agency despite some veterans being available and having over $25 million under salary cap space. It was believed that the Buccaneers would part ways with CB Eric Wright after this season but as depleted as their roster is, it’s believed that the team will retain him for the 2013 season after the two sides renegotiate a new contract at a lower price.
Tampa should stand fast on their demands to trade draft picks for the 2014 season in exchange for Revis. This year’s draft class is deep at the corner position. The closer the draft gets without other NFL teams expressing interest in Revis, the asking price might drop as the Jets will have to either trade him or let him walk in free agency in 2013 with little compensation.