According to multiple reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the verge of finishing off what has proven to be one of the dumbest trades in recent NFL history. The Bucs gave up a first round pick and a conditional fourth round pick to the New York Jets last season for superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis, and they are now going to cut him if they can’t find a trade partner.
The Jets landed Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson with the first round pick, so they’re happy no matter what. Unfortunately, the Jets thought that conditional fourth round pick would become a third rounder, but now they must settle for the fourth. The really interesting aspect of this news, however, is the possibility of a Jets and Revis reunion.
That theory makes sense on a lot of levels. Revis rose to prominence as the best corner in the NFL while player under Rex Ryan for the Jets, making 4 Pro Bowls and 3 All-Pro teams. Ryan’s scheme and Revis’ talents are a match made in heaven, and perhaps Revis will realize how good he had it in New York after negative experiences with Greg Schiano and Lovie Smith. I believe the locker room and fan base would welcome Revis back with open arms, both because of his talent and the fact that management didn’t look any better than Revis did in the contract negotiation mess that led to his exit.
However, there is one big reason why fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for a reunion, and that is money. We know that Revis is all about the money, and he is all but guaranteed to go to the highest bidder this offseason. It is unlikely that team will be the Jets, despite the football sense re-signing Revis makes (money is also the reason fans don’t need to get too worried about him heading to the New England Patriots).
While Revis to the Jets would be an incredible story and make a ton of sense on the field, it is hard to see a scenario in which he chooses the Jets or they make him a big enough offer. My guess is a team that believes in big spending in free agency, such as the Indianapolis Colts, will make him a monster offer. If that is the case, the hopes for a reunion between Revis and the Jets will be short lived.