The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the eve of the NFL free agency, have announced to the world that they plan to part ways with cornerback Darrelle Revis. If the Buccaneers can’t trade Revis to another team, they are expected to release him by the time the free agency period starts. This scenario plays an important role with the New York Jets since they traded Revis to the Buccaneers a year ago in exchange for a pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
If Revis is on the Buccaneers roster, he will not only receive a $1.5 million roster bonus, but that draft pick headed to the Jets will be a third-round pick. If Revis is not on their roster, it will become a fourth-round pick. Regardless, it looks like the Jets will most likely be getting that pick in the fourth round since the Buccaneers are done with Revis. It makes sense since he doesn’t do well in the zone style of defense the Buccaneers use.
Since the Jets recently released cornerback Antonio Cromartie as a salary cap casualty, they definitely need to fill a void on defense. What better person than Revis? He is familiar with the man-to-man coverage the Jets execute so well and would continue to thrive under head coach Rex Ryan.
For the Jets to reunite with “Revis Island”, it will take a lot of maturity and risk from both sides. Obviously, Revis is all about making sure his financial terms are agreed upon and won’t think twice about holding out of training camp like he has in the past. The Jets would be in a great position if they plan to approach Revis with a clear and concise message. Put everything out in the open so everyone knows the exact terms.
It would be wise for the Jets to go after Revis since he would be exactly what they need going into free agency.