Revis to Tampa Bay will greatly benefit both teams
The New York Jets sent shutdown corner Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday in a trade that should benefit both teams. The deal had been rumored for weeks and was contingent on Revis passing a physical with the Bucs and signing a new deal. Monday, Revis signed a six-year deal said to be worth $96 million. The Jets get the Bucs first-round draft pick this year (13th overall) and a conditional fourth round pick in 2014 that will likely become a third-round pick if Revis is still with the Bucs …… more on that later.
Did Tampa Bay pay too much ??? Were the Bucs actually bidding against themselves ??? Did the Jets get enough for what many consider the best corner in the league. The debate has raged on twitter the last 48 hours with solid arguments for both sides. From BOTN’s perspective, it looks like a win/win deal for both teams ….. and here are the reasons why.
The Tampa Bay side …..
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the worst pass defense in the NFL in 2012 and …… EVER !!! That’s right, into December the Bucs looked like they’d be the first team in NFL history to allow more than 300 ypg through the air but by holding Matty Ice to just 238 yards in Week 17, Tampa Bay somewhat avoided infamy by allowing “just” 297.4 yards-per-game for the year.
As bad as the secondary was, it was not unfixable and actually did some things well. The Bucs finished sixth in the league in interceptions and should improve on that this year with Revis and the addition of ex-49er safety Dashon Goldson. Let’s remember that Tampa Bay plays in a division that features three arguably elite quarterbacks in Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton and the team has addressed it’s most glaring defensive need.
Did Tampa Bay pay to much ??? You could make an argument for both sides. Were they bidding against themselves ??? To a certain extent yes but there was no better team in the NFL in a position to do it. The Bucs are very cap friendly at the moment though Revis’s contract makes him one of the five highest paid defensive players in the league, NONE of the money is guaranteed. The Bucs can mitigate a mistake after just one year and a first round pick if Revis does not fully recover from last year’s season ending ACL surgery.
If Revis is healthy, the Bucs have acquired a marquee player that will certain generate some buzz around the team. Lets also remember that Tampa Bay has had 39 of it’s last 43 home games blacked out so his “star” value should not be overlooked. He should help put fannies in the seats, especially if the Bucs get off to a fast start and stay in the hunt throughout the year.
The New York side …..
Lets face it. Over the past two years, the Flyboys have gone from back-to-back AFC championship game appearances to one of the five worst teams in football. They are clearly rebuilding and looking to the future by clearing their crippling cap problems and addressing a dearth of talent by acquiring draft picks. Dealing Revis helps both issues.
Revis is a habitual malcontent and there may be no player in any professional sport that is more about the money. Revis is a perennial hold out threat and as previously mentioned, comes off ACL surgery. In the past Revis has been all about the money and not all about off season conditioning. How he has progressed in rehab in anyone’s guess, evidently he’s done enough to satisfy Tampa Bay. The Jets also avoided having to pay close to $50 million in guaranteed money that it would have taken to keep Revis somewhat happy another year.
Did the Jets get enough for one of their premier defensive players in the league ??? The answer is probably yes. At the combines in March when the Jets semi-officially put Revis on the market, the talk is that it would take two first-round picks and several lower round choices to make it happen. The Jets didn’t get a sniff !!! The Jets now have three of the top 39 picks in this year’s draft and have cleared $10 million dollars of this year’s cap and get rid of a certain to be preseason distraction that has been avoided by showing Revis the door. Gang Green has also accumulated four supplemental picks over the next two drafts so clearly this is a team looking at 2014 and beyond.
It will take several years before the Darelle Revis trade will be able to be fairly evaluated but on face value it looks to be win/win for both teams.