After plenty of speculation and anticipation, the New York Jets have finally traded superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. John Geiger, who is the marketing and business manager for Revis, reported the news and captured this image:
Schwartz & Feinsod also tweeted the news:
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Darrelle Revis has agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers2013-4-21 20:33:33
ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter confirmed the deal and shared the terms of the trade:
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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
According to the Bucs' official Twitter account, the team has also reached an agreement with its new corner on a six-year contract:
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The Bucs and Darrelle Revis have also agreed on a new six-year deal.2013-4-21 20:48:22
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports offered the details on Revis' new contract:
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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
As Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports, however, none of that money is guaranteed:
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None of the $96 million deal that Darrelle Revis signed with the Bucs is guaranteed, I'm told. #nyj2013-4-21 20:55:29
Sports Illustrated's Peter King has the latest from Bucs GM Mark Dominik:
'We decided there was not enough risk to not do it. At the end of the day, you trust your doctors to tell you as much as they can, but it's a decision really that came down to me and Greg [Schiano]. We had to be comfortable with the risk, and I can tell you we are.'
Revis has been a key piece of the Jets defense since the team drafted him with the 14th overall pick in 2007. The Pittsburgh product started all 16 games as a rookie, picking off three passes and batting away 17 more.
He quickly established himself as one of the game's top cover corners. His side of the field was eventually nicknamed "Revis Island" because wide receivers would be out there all alone with him and rarely found a way to put up productive numbers.
All told, Revis finishes his run with the Jets after six seasons. He accumulated 294 combined tackles, 19 interceptions, three forced fumbles and a sack in 79 games. He also scored three defensive touchdowns and defended just shy of 100 passes.
The 27-year-old defensive back appeared in just two games last season. He tore his ACL in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins after already missing the team's Week 2 game due to a concussion he suffered in the opener.
New York's decision to trade Revis doesn't come as a major surprise. The two sides were seemingly on different pages since the end of last season, and Adam Schefter of ESPN previously reported in March that the team was "determined to deal him."
Now that the Jets have done exactly that, the next concern is how they will replace him. Trading away such a talented player will leave a major void in the secondary for a team that is already coming off a disappointing season.
As for Revis, there will obviously be questions about his ability to get back in top form after missing almost an entire season and rehabbing a knee injury. However, given his tremendous track record, he's definitely worth the risk.