When the trade between the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was announced yesterday, there was some public backlash on the compensation that the Jets received. In the trade, the Jets gave up Darrelle Revis for a first in 2013 and a conditional fourth that could move to a third should Revis stay on the Bucs roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.
While some in the media have panned the Jets on the trade, according to PFT who confirmed this with a source, there was only one team who was in the mix for Revis. This was something anyone who followed the story already knew all too well.
“If we had the luxury of time, if we had the luxury of Darrelle not having been injured, not having gone through rehab, then I think things would be a lot clearer both from our standpoint and in the case of potential trade suitors,” General Manager John Idzik told reporters Sunday night on a conference call.
Beyond the injury, beyond the compensatory component, the Bucs were also the only team who knowingly entered a contract with Revis knowing his penchant for holding or at least threatening to hold out. While they are paying him a premium per season, I guarantee that before the end of this deal there will come a time when either Revis feels undervalued yet again or the Bucs feel they are not getting the return on investment. In the end, this was the best deal the Jets and Revis got from any team, mostly because it was the only deal available to the Jets and Revis.