The New York Jets continue to struggle in climbing out of the salary-cap hole departed general manager Mike Tannenbaum and current head man Rex Ryan dropped them in, tossing away another $1 million Saturday afternoon. NFL Network’s Albert Breer began the countdown to the 4 p.m. ET deadline that saw New York’s trade bait remain in green colors.
“Darrelle Revis is due a roster bonus of $1 million in eight minutes,” Breer tweeted. “And it looks very much like it’ll be the Jets paying it.”
The Jets did in fact pay it while Revis continued tweeting about his nice vacation in Paris. The Jets would like to see him in Florida soon, as trade talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have dragged through the free agency period. ESPN New York notes that Revis, oh by the way, is also due a $1 million workout bonus in June and a $1 million reporting bonus in July.
When it comes to the Jets, nothing would surprise at this point.
The Bucs don’t have reason to be urgent about bringing on Revis, however — his $3 million 2013 base salary, bonuses and all.
If he can rehabilitate fully from his torn ACL there is little reason why he won’t return to his perch as the top corner in the game. This would be especially critical for a defense that traded off its top corner in Aqib Talib, remains light at the cornerback spot and will start a safety tandem that is somewhat questionable in coverage over the top.
Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson provide a nice duo for the future but do have something to prove in the pass game. Pro Football Focus graded Barron 82nd out of 88 safeties (who played 25 percent of team’s snaps in coverage last season) while with the San Francisco 49ers Goldson was asked to play intermediate routes much more than the norm for a free safety.
A lock-down corner would provide the perfect complement for Tampa, and the contract exit-plan for New York.