Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Revis chatter continues
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: The Revis rumors have been flying over the past few days, and Tuesday afternoon brought us another nugget of information regarding the potential swap.
Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times had this to say regarding the timing of the potential deal: "The Bucs aren't going to leave anything to chance if they come to terms with the Jets on trade compensation. With the first day of the draft slated for April 25 and the Jets intent on getting the Bucs' No. 13 overall pick, the Bucs will need to allow themselves adequate time to evaluate Revis' injured knee. That process, based on info from One Buc Place, could require as much as a week. That leaves as little as nine days for this deal to go down. Expect Revis to be subjected to extensive examination. This is a deal with so much riding on it that the Bucs will take no chances. He'll need to be checked out by multiple doctors, perhaps in multiple cities. Those doctors will need to consult with the Bucs' team physicians, and they won't rush the process. If the Bucs aren't comfortable with the findings, the deal would be voided and the draft picks returned to Tampa Bay. Given all this, look for a possible conclusion (finally) to this long-running story late next week."
After several days of quiet on the Darrelle Revis trade front, there was a lot of activity over the weekend, capped off with Monday's report that the New York Jets are unwilling to accept anything less than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2013 first-round pick (No. 13 overall) as the foundation of the trade package coming their way. According to the same report, Bucs GM Mark Dominik is still weighing whether or not to acquiesce to these demands after earlier reports had indicated Dominik was willing to part with the Bucs' first- and second-rounder in 2014 instead. So what's the latest?
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com speculates that Jets GM John Idzik could be looking for a trade package akin to what the Minnesota Vikings got from Seattle for WR/returner Percy Harvin (the No. 25 and No. 214 overall picks in this year's draft, plus the Seahawks' third-rounder in 2014). Whether the Bucs are willing to give up that high of a bounty for a player returning from a torn ACL remains to be seen.
Along that same line is the timing issue. Specifically, earlier thoughts that this trade could take place with the Bucs on the clock at No. 13 are a little misguided. Tampa Bay will want their medical folks to thoroughly examine Revis before any trade is transacted, and that will take some time. Cimini's sources have also revealed that a deal isn't likely to take place until the week of the draft, while the Bucs are operating under a soft deadline of Apr. 18 (one week prior to the opening night of the draft).
From Tampa's perspective, they know (or are pretty certain) that they're the only suitors. If they don't want to give up the No. 13 pick, they can simply wait the Jets out and try to make a deal later this offseason; in the meantime, they can use a pick or two on a prospect at the position, and they'll have some options at No. 13 (though none will be nearly as dominant as a healthy Revis). The Jets obviously want to get this deal transacted prior to the draft (with the No. 13 pick in their possession), and sending Revis away will remove a potential distraction as Rex Ryan puts his troops through the offseason workouts.
The last party involved here is Revis and his agents, who obviously want this situation sorted out quickly as well: although Revis is a better player than the CBs that hit free agency this offseason, the contracts for players at the position do not lend credence to the idea that Revis is worth $16 million per season, a figure for which he is reportedly aiming with his new deal. If no trade is transacted, and he remains a Jet for the final season on his current deal, he'll be back on the market in 2014, with no guarantee that big money will be out there for him.
In the end, it does appear that the momentum is in the direction of this deal getting done prior to the draft, in Cimini's view:
Rich CiminiLatest Revis buzz roundup
"Prediction: This trade will happen. There's too much motivation on each side for it not to happen. To use one of former GM Mike Tannenbaum's favorite expressions, it's just a matter of finding a landing place that makes sense for both sides. The feeling here is that the Jets will extract the 13th pick, giving them nine and 13 -- a chance to plug two holes in their lineup."