A long anticipated trade was finally acted on today as the New York Jets traded cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2013 first rounder (13th overall) and a conditional 2014 fourth round pick that moves to a third rounder if Revis is still on Tampa on the 3rd league day of the 2014 season. Revis also signed a new 6 year, 96 million dollar contract with Tampa, which comes out to 16 million per year. However, none of the money is guaranteed. We have discussed our feelings on the potential of this trade previously (here, here, here, here and here among other places), but here is our thoughts now that the deal is confirmed and the compensation is known.
1. The Jets were in a no win situation. The relationship was broken between Revis’ agents and the team’s front office. There was no way the Jets were giving Revis a 16 million per year deal that he could hold out on after every season, if he felt his performance merited higher money. There is no way Revis would sign a contract with the Jets without guaranteed money. The relationship was broken and that became evident from the second Woody Johnson made it known Revis was on the market.2. The compensation is causing an initial backlash among Jets fans because it was rumored to be higher for weeks. Regardless at the end of the day, the Jets got a top 15 pick and an additional third rounder for a player coming off major surgery who basically didn’t play last year. After the 2013 season they are projected to have over 30 million in cap space. This trade will be a key component of the team’s rebuilding process IF they can use their draft picks well and be smart with their finances moving forward.
3. The immediate focus will now be on how the Jets use their 9th and 13th pick this Thursday. There is speculation the Jets could be looking to trade down from one of the picks to acquire additional ones, particularly in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Currently the Jets have 5 picks in the top 100…don’t be surprised to see that number increase. Also don’t necessarily expect to see the Jets address corner in the first round now, their early picks could still be focused on outside linebacker, guard and maybe wide receiver.
4. It always sucks to lose a player as talented as Revis but we knew this was coming. This team needed to be rebuilt and this trade was inevitably a necessary part of it. Step back from the ledge Jets fans, enjoy the upcoming Draft weekend and look forward to booing Revis and the Bucs week 1 in your building. (And yes we thank Revis for his time here…he is a terrific player…doesn’t mean you can’t boo him in week 1).