The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed to be having a change of heart, and then they changed their minds again.
During the NFL‘s annual meeting, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said that his team would be willing to consider trading their first-pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft (13th overall) to the New York Jets for Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. Conflicting reports suggested that Tampa Bay was becoming restless with negotiations.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan said at the same meeting that New York is not going out of their way just to make a move. This saga is starting to see many twists and turns.
Revis is arguably the best player on the Jets, and is considered among the NFL’s most elite defenders.
Of course, Revis’ health will play a major role in determining what happens. If he was completely back from a physical standpoint, then Tampa Bay would most likely be willing to comply with New York’s demands. The problem is that prospective suitors would want to see what Revis can do before surrendering such high compensation.
When training camp comes around, all teams in need of a cornerback would probably have already filled out their depth charts.
Trading Revis would greatly hinder the Jets’ ability to win games next season. New York’s No. 2 defensive ranking against the pass is impressive and misleading. They were blown out in several games last year, so all that was necessary was to run out the clock.
The Jets also ranked 25th in rush defense, so again, going to the air was not as important for opponents. A deal sending Revis out of town however, would obtain draft picks that could help them rebuild faster. For the sake of all involved, the sooner a resolution occurs, the better.