After possessing one of the worst pass defenses in NFL history in 2012, it is no secret that the Buccaneers had planned to attack the secondary market both in free agency and in the NFL draft.
How about a trade?
According to profootalltalk.com, the Jets have one serious trade partner for Darrelle Revis, and that team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
98.7 The Fan’s Justin Pawlowski heard similar information of the Bucs interest in Revis at the end of last week.
If the two sides can come to an agreement, it appears the Buccaneers would trade for the four-time pro bowler and three-time All Pro selection. The compensation in the trade is not confirmed, but might entail a 2nd round selection in the 2013 NFL draft and a conditional 4th round selection in the 2014 NFL draft.
The contract negotiations between Revis’ agent Neil Schwartz and Mark Dominik should be nothing new to these two. Schwartz is also Vincent Jackson’s agent and negotiated Jackson’s big deal with the Bucs a year ago in free agency.
Late last week, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported the Jets would not receive a 1st round selection for Revis. Adam Schefter reported that the Jets were “determined” to trade Revis.
Revis, 27, is coming off of a torn ACL in his left knee, so medical is also a concern. Mark Dominik has shown a willingness to risk on injured players in the past.
In 2009, the Buccaneers traded a 2nd round selection for Kellen Winslow despite his multiple knee injuries.
In the 2011 NFL draft, the Buccaneers selected Adrian Clayborn in the 1st round and Da’Quan Bowers in the 2nd round, both of whom had medical concerns.
If this trade becomes a reality, Revis would be reunited with his college head coach, Dave Wannstedt, and his college position coach, Jeff Hafley.
The Buccaneers will not have time to stall as they must sign other cornerbacks if the Revis deal falls through.
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