When no deal seemed imminent yesterday, it was clear that there was some sort of compensatory holdup, likely thrown for a loop by the Percy Harvin trade just days ago. Jason Cole who has been on top of this story writes for Yahoo! that the framework is there … but there’s one holdup.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers management, all the way up to the Glazer family that owns the team, is fully on board with trading for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. That includes paying Revis what is considered an acceptable salary.
The holdup, for now, is what the Jets are willing to accept in a trade. The Buccaneers don’t want to relinquish their first-round pick in next month’s NFL draft. Tampa Bay holds the No. 13 overall pick.
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.com
It’s hard not to want a 2013 first rounder, but according to Cole, the Bucs could offer a first rounder in 2014. With a second first rounder in 2014, should the Jets want to re-invest in a competent quarterback through the draft at that time, the Jets might be able to consolidate their two picks in 2014 for one of a host of potential mouth-watering QB prospects. QBs like Manziel, Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, and Taylor Kelly are all names that could be available in 2014 and could rise to the top of the first round. Of course, there is also an argument to be made that if the Jets had a second first rounder this year, they could trade it themselves with an interested team for a 2014 next year and not be beholden to the Bucs.
We’ll see what the Jets do from here, but it sounds like a structure is in place for Revis’s contract. The two teams are willing to do a deal, it’s just the holdup over what the Jets are getting in return for Revis.