The New York Jets, Darrelle Revis, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been at a standstill now for a while, and quite frankly, it’s growing old. If a deal does get done, what does this mean for both sides? Who benefits more from a trade being finalized, or a trade not being finalized?
John Idzik, general manager of the Jets, had come out earlier in the week stating that the Jets will only deal Revis in return for the Bucs first-round draft pick at 13th overall. If the Bucs agree with these terms, the Jets will hold the ninth and 13th overall pick in the draft, giving them two top 15 picks in the first round.
This will allow the Jets to pick up some great potential starters, while also permitting them to strengthen two different positions with first round choices. Obviously, this is a no-brainer for the Jets not to do if the Bucs grant their wishes. If the Jets are able to get the Bucs to bite on this one, it will be a huge success and a great accomplishment for Idzik and the Jets.
For the Bucs, it’s a win-lose situation. They are in desperate need of a corner, and adding Revis to the roster is an obvious upgrade. If the Bucs fail to get Revis, they run the risk of drafting a corner in the first round. Assuming Xavier Rhodes goes where he is projected at 12th overall, the Bucs will have to settle for Jamar Taylor, or Tyrann Mathieu in the second or third round.
At the end of the day, the trade will most likely happen. The Bucs will not be willing to run the risk of drafting Rhodes in the first round. Assuming he’s healthy, Revis is an obvious upgrade to a poor secondary, but could be the building block to strengthening that position. For the Jets, it gives them another top first-round pick, giving them the opportunity to go out and get two young stud players with tons of potential.
With this said, the Jets are the winner in this trade, no question. Even if the trade doesn’t get done, the Jets are still the winners because they keep an all-pro corner. They can also continue to market Revis until they find a possible suitor. We will just have to wait and see these couple of days, and hopefully there will be something to write about in the near future.