After weeks of speculation surrounding New York Jets‘ cornerback Darrelle Revis, a move has officially been made.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had long been rumored to be the top team of interest should be a deal be finalized and on Sunday afternoon, that rumor finally became a reality. The Jets have traded Revis to the Buccaneers in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick in this Thursday’s NFL Draft. In addition to that first round selection, the Jets will also receive a fourth round pick in 2014.
Initial reports indicated that the Revis deal would be complete pending a physical, but that portion of the deal has now been made official. Revis has passed a physical and is officially a member of the Buccaneers.
As the Jets continue to deal with media backlash after another up-and-down and drama-filled season in 2012, the latest deal for New York does put a close to a portion of the issues that had been circulating around the franchise in recent years. With the move, the Jets can now look to move forward by securing the 13th overall pick, in addition to the No. 9 selection that they already hold.
As for Revis, well he has also agreed to a six year contract with Tampa Bay following the trade’s completion. According to reports, Revis’ deal is for six years, $96 million, but does not include any guaranteed money, according to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.
Revis needed a new home considering all the drama and trade rumors that have circulated around the Jets and their former cornerback since the end of the 2012 season. This could be good for both sides in the long run, but only time will tell.
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