The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have emerged as the front-runners in the Darrelle Revis sweepstakes, but there appears to be a snag in the potential deal.
Obviously, any team trading for Revis is going to have to give up a lot, both in draft picks and money. It also seems highly unlikely a team would acquire him without a new deal in place, because it wouldn’t make sense otherwise to give up players and/or draft picks. But what kind of compensation are we talking about?
The rumored snag in the deal at this point is the Bucs’ 2013 first round draft pick, and the team’s unwillingness to trade it to the New York Jets. This would be the No. 13 overall pick, and obviously a great spot for the Jets to upgrade their roster. The Bucs are rumored to be okay with parting with their 2014 first round pick, but are standing firm on not dealing the 2013 pick.
Tampa Bay needs to be more aggressive about this. If they really want Revis, they shouldn’t be scared off by giving away a first round pick this year. If Percy Harvin warrants a 2013 first round pick, Revis should too. The Jets are clearly trying to get better right now, and they should also stand tall with their demands. If they’re going to give up the league’s best corner, they need a first round pick in 2013.
In addition, Revis is due a $1 million roster bonus on Saturday, so this may influence a deal getting done sooner rather than later. We’ll find out just how serious the Bucs are about finalizing this, because it seems that the Jets are dead set on dealing Revis.