Darrelle Revis Trade to Buccaneers Reportedly Official

Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIIApril 21, 2013

CORTLAND, NY - JULY 27:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets works out at Jets Training Camp at SUNY Cortland on July 27, 2012 in Cortland, New York.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Reports have been coming out all morning and afternoon regarding the suddenly approaching end to the Darrelle Revis trade saga in New York. It appears that the long road is now over.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the New York Jets have officially agreed to trade their star cornerback and best player to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers will reportedly be sending back at least two draft picks in return, including the No. 13 overall pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL draft and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft.

The Jets' first-round pick and No. 14 overall in 2007 draft, Revis has been a staple on the Jets defense for the past six years. With four Pro Bowl appearances and three All-Pro team elections, he is widely considered to be the best player on the team and the best cornerback (or, at a minimum, top two) in the NFL.

Revis' position on the Jets became unstable this offseason due in part to a season-ending ACL injury and in part to a contract structure that motivated either an extension or a trade. New general manager John Idzik went with the option of trading Revis.

With the Buccaneers' first-round pick added to the bevy of picks they already have, the Jets now have both the No. 9 and No. 13 overall picks in the 2013 NFL draft later this week.

The Jets defense has undergone significant reconstruction (as was expected by some) this offseason, and it is clear that young players (including potentially new rookies) will have to step up in 2013.

From Tampa Bay's perspective, they have acquired an all-time great at cornerback (assuming his knee is ready to go) to repair a subpar secondary. They have reportedly agreed to a generous extension with Revis, including six years at $16 million per year (according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News).

The Jets host the Buccaneers in Week 1 to start their 2013 season, so fans will not have to wait long to see the return of Revis in a different uniform.


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