In an effort to upgrade the league’s worst-rated pass defense, the Buccaneers acquired Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis in a blockbuster trade with the New York Jets on Sunday. The trade was a long time coming and executed between Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik and new New York G.M. John Idzik, who worked with Dominik as the Bucs’ capologist in Tampa Bay under Rich McKay.
Dominik and Idzik spent over a month in a showdown over compensation, which was ultimately won by Dominik, who brokered a fantastic deal in terms of compensation to the Jets and contract structure with regards to extending Revis with a new six-year deal.
"We are thrilled to add a player of this caliber," Dominik told the media at One Buc Place in advance of a press conference, which is scheduled for noon on Monday at the team's facility.
The Bucs gave up a first-rounder in 2013, which is the 13th pick overall, a fourth-round pick in 2014, which becomes a third-round pick if Revis is on Tampa Bay's roster on the third day of the new league year in 2014.
Idzik initially wanted two first-round draft picks, but when it was
clear that wasn't going to happen, he wanted three draft picks –
reported to be a first-rounder, a third-rounder and a fifth-rounder.
Dominik balked and was only prepared to give up two draft picks, and set
Monday as the deadline for getting any deal done prior to the 2013 NFL
Draft, which begins on Thursday, April 25.
The Bucs, who received permission to speak with Revis and give him a physical to gauge the progress of his surgically repaired knee on Sunday, April 21, executed the long-rumored trade to the Jets to acquire the player that is believed to be NFL’s best cover cornerback when healthy. Revis second game of the season and missed the final 14 games. According to Dominik, his rehab is either on schedule or ahead of schedule, and the team fully expects him to be ready to go for the first day of training camp.
Ironically, the Bucs open the 2013 regular season against the Jets at New York and Revis will have a chance to square off against his old team in his first game back in action.
The Jets felt compelled to trade Revis because of his contract demands. Entering the final year of his contract, Revis wants a new deal that will pay him a reported $15 million per season and Jets owner Woody Johnson was unwilling to do that. Johnson has grown weary of dealing with Revis and his contract demands in the past, and had to endure a 36-day holdout in 2010 before signing him to a four-year, $46-million deal.
Without dealing Revis or re-signing him, the Jets were poised to lose him to unrestricted free agency in 2014, as the team couldn’t apply the franchise tag due to language in his contract. The Jets would then be left to get as little as a third-round compensatory pick in 2015 for letting Revis go, and that was unacceptable for Johnson, Idzik or head coach Rex Ryan, who is on the hot seat in 2013.
With $32.8 million worth of salary cap space in 2013, the Bucs have the available cap room that the Jets didn't have to meet his contract demands and sign him to a lucrative six-year extension worth $16 million per season. The deal includes no guaranteed money and no signing bonus, which safeguards the Bucs in case he suffers a major injury or the team wants to part ways with him. There would be no salary cap impact on Tampa Bay's cap if he is released.
Revis will receive $13 million in base salary each year with a $1.5 million workout bonus and a $1.5 million roster bonus annually.
The Buccaneers are no strangers to blockbuster trades. In 2000, Tampa Bay and the Jets made a deal that sent Pro Bowl wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson to the Bucs for a pair of No. 1 draft picks. Two years later, the Buccaneers brought in former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden by trading two first-round picks and to second-round picks, along with $8 million to pry Gruden from Raiders' owner Al Davis. Of course both were instrumental in bringing the city of Tampa their first and only Lombardi Trophy.
Revis will team with Eric Wright, who restructured his deal and is now on a one-year, $1.5-million contract, to become the starting cornerbacks in 2013. The Bucs struggled mightily against the pass in 2012, which was head coach Greg Schiano’s first year in Tampa Bay. The team’s pass defense was ranked last in the NFL, surrendering an average of 297.4 yards per game, and came within 38 yards of giving up the most passing yards in NFL history in a single season.
A four-time Pro Bowler (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and a three-time All-Pro (2009, 2010, 2011), Revis was also named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
Revis was healthy for the first three years of his NFL career, playing in all 48 games before missing three games with an injury in the 2010 season. He returned to start all 16 contests in 2011 before tearing his ACL in the Jets’ second game of the 2012 campaign and was subsequently placed on injured reserve.
Nicknamed “Revis Island” due to his ability to play single man coverage on an island against opponents’ top receivers, the former Jets star has recorded 19 interceptions, including three which he returned for touchdowns, five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and one sack, in addition to logging 294 tackles.
His best season came in 2010 when Revis picked off a career-high six passes and returned one for a touchdown, while breaking up 31 other attempts. In his last full season in 2011, Revis had four interceptions, including one, which he returned 100 yards for a touchdown, along with 21 passes broken up. Last season prior to being placed on injured reserve, Revis notched 11 tackles, forced one fumble, recovered a fumble, picked off one pass and broke up three others.
Revis, who is 5-foot-11, 198 pounds, give the Bucs a cornerback with size, toughness and speed. The former first-round pick has sub 4.4-speed in the 40-yard dash and has a history of shutting down some of the league’s best wide receivers.
Revis has a history with several members of the Buccaneers organization. He played for new Tampa Bay special teams coordinator Dave Wannstedt when he was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers. Bucs safeties coach Jeff Hafley was Revis’ position coach at Pitt under Wannstedt. Revis also played against Schiano when he was the head coach at Rutgers.
On the second day of free agency, the Buccaneers signed Pro Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson. The acquisition of Goldson, who signed a five-year, $41.25-million deal, and Revis, along with last year’s first-round pick, strong safety Mark Barron, immediately turns Tampa Bay’s biggest weakness – its secondary – into a team strength.
To find out more reasons why the Bucs felt compelled to trade for Revis and how he can fit into Tampa Bay's plans, read the 24 Reasons Why The Bucs Need To Trade For Revis
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