The rumor mill and speculation on the Darrelle Revis-to-Tampa Bay trade scenario has heated back up over the last few days. Find out the latest on the status, including some new information regarding what the Bucs may or may not be willing to offer the Jets for Revis in this article.
The Darelle Revis-to-Tampa Bay roller coaster trade saga continues with new reports coming in nearly every day.
Late Sunday night, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported the Buccaneers were willing to part with first-round, third-round and sixth-round picks to acquire the services of Revis. On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Jets are sticking to their demands for the Bucs' 2013 first-round pick (No. 13 overall), which would give them the ninth overall pick and the Bucs' first-round draft choice four picks later.
Today, PewterReport.com has learned that the Buccaneers are still not even sure they are willing to give up a No.1 at all – this season or next. The Buccaneers are absolutely convinced that Revis can be a difference-maker, but the question is, at what cost?
Another big sticking point is Revis’ health regarding his rehabilitation on a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) that cost him much of the 2012 season. Reports say the Buccaneers have yet to receive permission to meet with Revis or his agents, and also have not been able to examine Revis by team physicians, something that the Buccaneers would insist on doing before making a trade.
Cole reported on Sunday that the Buccaneers are growing impatient with the Jets, and Stroud’s Tampa Bay Times report on Tuesday seemed to indicate the same, saying the Buccaneers have a self-imposed April 18 deadline to get the deal done. The deadline would allow Tampa Bay time to have their doctors examine Revis and assess the progress of his reconstructed knee that is coming off of an ACL tear suffered in Week 3 last season against the Dolphins.
Another factor that could be working in Tampa Bay’s favor is the Jets' insistence that Revis attends New York’s April 15 conditioning workouts in New York. Part of Revis salary ($3 million in 2013) is based on Revis attending all offseason workouts with the team in New York. According to reports, Revis' agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, recently asked for permission for Revis to be excused from the first two weeks of the team's offseason conditioning program. Revis would prefer to continue his rehab in Arizona and skip the team conditioning workouts. The hardball stance by the Jets could create a rift in the relationship, making it even more unlikely that Revis returns to New York.
Despite appearing like the Buccaneers have all the leverage in the situation, a source told PewterReport.com that they are not 100 percent convinced that the Jets “must” trade Revis as reports have suggested. While it is widely thought that Jets owner Woody Johnson doesn’t want to pay Revis a new contract after 2013, the thoughts are just speculation the source noted.
The dilemma the Jets are in – if they are in fact adamant about not bring Revis back after 2013 – is running the risk of losing him to free agency and only recouping a compensatory pick, thought to just be third-rounder. While the Jets organization is fearing the backlash from their fans for getting rid of their best player, to lose Revis to free agency and get little in return is even a bigger nightmare from a public relations standpoint.
The rumor mill will most likely continue and heat up even more as the April 15 reporting date for Revis inches closer. And then if a deal isn’t reached by that date, the speculation and reports will be on fire as the draft approaches later in the month.
The one thing PewterReport.com does know for certainty is the Buccaneers want Revis badly, as the source told us, "We love Darelle Revis."
In the meantime, it will be up to general manager Mark Dominik to determine how deep the love runs, but the question should be answered soon depending on the compensation offered to relocate "Revis Island" to Tampa Bay.
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