Revis Watch: An Interestingly Timed Story …

After the Tampa Bay Times report last night that the Bucs are still interested in trading for Darrelle Revis, but that it might take a while to work out , a rather obvious planted story appeared at 1 AM on ProFootballTalk.

The biggest takeaway from our first full day at the league meetings in Phoenix is that, with the Jets and Buccaneers taking strong opposing positions as to the trade value of one of the best defensive players in football, the Buccaneers are close to moving on. The belief is that the Jets want a package headlined by a first-round pick, and that the Buccaneers are willing to part with, at most, a 2014 first-round selection.

The Plan B remains Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, who has drawn interest from the Dolphins and the Browns. The Bucs and Grimes are, we’re told, talking — and if/when the Buccaneers land the Falcons’ 2012 franchise player, the Bucs will be out of the Revis business.

Brian Bassett,

All the way through, Florio has been acting as an instrument for the Bucs & Schwartz/Feinsod side of this story and so that this article would come out exactly at the time it did, was no coincidence … it’s an effort meant to tamp down the TBT report of last night and meant to to prod the Jets along and get resolution.  Schwartz and Feinsod have been creating false urgency throughout this whole process over the last few weeks.

I’m sorry, but Brent Grimes is no Darrelle Revis and the Bucs would know that best.  Sure, he had a season ending injury same as Revis in 2012 and that can’t be held against him, but signing Grimes wouldn’t come close to addressing the real problem, as Bucs GM Mark Dominik noted last night in the TBT article.  “[Shutdown cornerbacks are] really hard to find … they really are rare and that makes them an interesting commodity. You go into the draft every year and everybody thinks maybe that’s the guy but there are very few of them. When they come out, it’s pretty noticeable who they are.’’  Grimes is no shutdown on a perennial basis.  He’s had only one truly good year in 2011 and it was in the shadow of Dunta Robinson.

At the same time, the Jets would be fools to let Revis trade talks break down over a first rounder in 2014 or 2013.  Back in September 2009, the Patriots traded Richard Seymour for a 2011 first rounder over contract squabbles and this sure seems like a similar situation to what the Jets are now in.  The Pats then used that pick to take their current Left Tackle, Nate Solder.  If it must be a 2013 pick? Then while I’d love to see the Jets win a staring contest, a second rounder isn’t as bad as it seems.  With a record 75 underclassmen declaring for the draft the first two rounds are also appreciably deeper than most other years, so a second rounder probably has more value than in other years.  13 of Kiper’s Top 25 are underclassmen and 16 of Scouts Inc.’s top 32 players are underclassmen.

Everyone knows the Jets aren’t going to be very competitive in 2013, why force the issue of making it a first-round pick in 2013 when it could be more advantageous in 2014?  Yes, it would be nice to get one extra player this year, but the Jets have to be honest with themselves in their expectations of the 2013 season and what might be on the horizon in 2014.  

Will David Garrard be leading this team for the next five years? Will Tebow?  Will Sanchez?  No.  This draft class is flush in a number of areas where the Jets are deficient (OL, DL, OLB, SS, TE to name a few) but while the quarterback prospects in this class are bone-dry, the 2014 class could be loaded.  

This is just the sort of urgency that that the sides pitted a ngainst the Jets front office are trying to create … but in the end, would either level of compensation be so bad instead of getting nothing more than a 2015 compensatory pick for letting him walk?