Darrelle Revis, the talented corner for the New York Jets is on the move. Revis was traded by the Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for this years 13th overall pick and a conditional 4th round pick in 2014 that could improve to a third round pick if Revis is on the Buc’s roster on the third day of the 2014 season.
Revis admitted he was not happy with the way the Jets treated him and was especially unhappy when he found out he was being shopped around the league. Revis is arguably the best defensive back in the NFL, but the money gap was just too wide for the Jets to keep him around, which is the reason for the trade to Tampa.
Now, keep in mind that Revis is coming off a torn ACL, but he passed his physical which means Revis should be ready to play some football. Revis comes to a Buccaneer pass defense that was one of the worst in the 2012-2013 season. Revis also joins former 49er’s safety Dashon Goldson in Tampa who was also brought in to improve the horrendous pass defense.
This without a doubt affects both parties greatly. Revis, who has been a shut down corner for the Jets when he has been healthy, leaves their defense, but this gives the Jets the opportunity to rebuild through the draft and maybe take a shot at Dee Milliner, a guy who a lot of people think could be the next Darrelle Revis.
This now gives the Jets two first round picks, the ninth overall pick and the 13th, which they just acquired from Tampa Bay. This shakes things up big time because as I mentioned Dee Milliner, another person that could climb up the board now is quaterback Ryan Nassib from Syracuse. He’s a big guy with a solid arm and we all know about the quarterback situation for the Jets.
This trade also benefits Tampa Bay because they pick up a guy who has proven he’s a shut down corner and being in the same division with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton the Bucs needed an upgrade in their pass defense and definitely took a giant step in doing so acquiring Revis.
Revis signed a 6 year $96 million dollar deal with the Bucs, but it has no guaranteed money in the contract, which surprises me as well as many other people in the sports world. The major question that this poses is, will Revis be the same as he was before the injury? We’ve seen people come off injuries like this, recover quickly, and be great if not better than they were before. A good example is Adrian Peterson, but a lot of people have questioned if he’s actually a human or not. Then on the other hand, they could recover very slowly and you might not know what to expect. Even though its a different sport, an example is Derrick Rose.
Either way you look at it, the NFC South is going to be a division to watch this upcoming football season.