The talk around the New York Jets this offseason has been incredibly negative and most of it involves Darrelle Revis. Even the most casual NFL fans are aware of Revis Island and the fact that he is being shopped by the Jets. Revis has been rumored to several teams, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be the front-runners in the Revis sweepstakes.
Now that we know the Buccaneers are the most likely fit, it’s time to focus on what the Jets would get in return and if the exchange is worthwhile for both parties.
Revis is reportedly going to bring the Jets first and third-round draft choices, but the catch is that the Bucs would only be willing to part with picks in the 2014 NFL draft. Jets general manager John Idzik has asked for the first round pick in 2013 from Tampa instead which would give the Jets the ninth and 13th overall picks this April. The question now becomes which team is going to blink first in regards to draft picks?
Either way I think the Jets should jump on the opportunity to unload Revis. Surely it can’t be easy dealing away the franchise’s best player, but all things considered, this is a steal for New York.
First and foremost, Revis is coming back from a torn ACL injury. There are no guarantees that he will even be ready for Jets training camp or even opening day of the 2013 NFL season.
Surrendering Revis would allow his drama to leave the encompassing New York media and start fresh in Tampa. If the Buccaneers are willing to give up a first and third round pick for Revis, I think the Jets are wasting time by not making the deal immediately.