Update 4:53 pm – Revis and the Bucs have agreed to a 6-year, $96 million contract, making Revis the highest paid defensive back in NFL history. Here’s the catch though – the deal contains ZERO guaranteed money. If Revis’ knee injury comes back to haunt him – done. If he runs his yapper too much and is a negative addition to the team – done. The Bucs can cut Revis without thinking twice, and are on the hook for ZERO DOLLARS. Arguably the most team friendly stipulation of a contract, ever.
The New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to the parameters of a trade that would send star cornerback Darrelle Revis from New York to Tampa Bay. The deal is pending a physical and the Jets have officially given Revis permission to take a physical with the Tampa Bay this afternoon. Revis has also been negotiating a long-term contract extension with the Bucs. The parameters of the deal are reportedly set, with Tampa Bay sending their first round pick in this year’s draft, the 13th overall selection, to New York for the 27-year-old corner widely regarded as the best in the league.
Revis is only six months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his knee, and was just cleared to run last Monday. Revis has one year remaining on his current contract, and was seeking a yearly average of approximately $16 million in his new contract – money the struggling and likely rebuilding Jets chose not to pay their disgruntled star coming off major knee surgery.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole reported Sunday morning that the deal should be finalized by Sunday night or Monday morning.
The trade makes things a bit easier for the Patriots when playing their New York rivals twice a year, however the team will play the Buccaneers in their third game of the season, a Sunday afternoon game on FOX at home.
Revis won’t have to wait long to make his return to New York, either. The Jets play the Bucs at home to open the season, a Sunday afternoon game also on FOX.
Revis’ play will be sorely missed by the Jets, as they face some of the toughest quarterbacks in the league in Tom Brady (2x), Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco and Cam Newton this season.