The roller coaster ride that is the Darrelle Revis rumor mill is still going, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers being the team that looks closer to giving the New York Jets that first round draft pick they want for the cornerback, because it’s becoming less and less likely we’ll see Revis getting a new contract from his current team.
It was always an issue of whether or not a team was willing to risk a first round pick for Revis, who when healthy is regarded as the best corner in the NFL, but he played in only two games last season, tearing his ACL. No one knows how good he is at the moment, but it still seems like the Bucs are thinking he’s worth the risk, seeing as they had the worst pass-defense in the NFL last season.
Why the sudden change? Unknown, but according to Mark Dominik, the Bucs’ general manager, their view on the matter and the player have changed in the last week or two, bringing them closer to be willing to part with their 13th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft to get Revis. It’s still all a bit cryptic.
If we think it’s in the best interest of the team, we will do something — if that’s a player that everybody is speculating [Revis] or maybe it’s a player at a position that nobody has thought about. But certainly, these meetings are very healthy for those kinds of discussions to see if there is a way to get this team better and does that include players or draft picks or a combination? That’s what we’ll look at.
Add that to Woody Johnson (Jets owner) saying he feels ready to trade Revis in order to make the team better, and we might be getting a big trade coming very very soon. There’s also the matter of his contract: Revis will make $6 million next season for the Jets, but he’s looking to get paid somewhere along the lines of $15-16 million a season, something the Bucs will need to give him if they do trade for him.