Could a Darrelle Revis trade be imminent? (Whoa…major deja vu right about now). Alex Marvez has this:
UPDATE: Adam Schefter drops another bombshell:
Short of a trade in the next two days, the Buccaneers are expected to release CB Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. Wednesday, per league sources.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comThis is important for several reasons. First of all, where he goes could dramatically affect the NFL landscape. What if he goes to a contender, returns to the AFC…or even (shudder) joins another team in the AFC East?
Secondly, whether or not the acquiring team is prepared to take on his existing contract could send major ripples through the cornerback market, of which the Jets look set to be a participant. Is there a chance his deal will be restructured by the acquiring team or could the Bucs eat some of his 2014 salary by way of a pre-trade bonus?
Finally, and – I suspect – of a primary concern to Jets fans (although, personally, I think this is less of a big deal than the first two) is the question of the pick that the Bucs owe the Jets. If Revis is still on the Bucs roster on the third day of the league year (Thursday), then the Jets will receive the fifth pick in the third round (which should be the 69th overall subject to any forfeited picks). If he is traded (or released) before then, the Jets will receive the fourth pick in the fourth round, which will be around 103rd overall.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI do hate the idea of Revis playing back in the AFC, let alone the AFC East, but the immediacy of the third option Bent outlines above really bothers me most right now. Adding a third pick in the top 70 would be fantastic for a team needing to upgrade skill positions through the draft. That said it’s not like we didn’t worry Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith would do this as soon as they were hired. Teams might be picking up interest in Revis … but it won’t matter when it comes to the Jets and that draft pick.
Regardless, the Jets got Sheldon Richardson out of the bargain and parted ways with a cornerback who now just a year removed from his big deal. Might Revis be lucky to see 75 cents on the dollar from a new team? It’s ironic in that case if it was what he fought for years to get from the Jets. Revis is still undoubtedly one of the top talents in the league, but up until today we can’t imagine many teams were planning for the idea that Revis would be available … will even one team jump at the chance to pay him what he thinks he deserves?