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Bucs deal 13th overall and conditional 4th in '14 for Jets Revis



Revis Island has relocated to Tampa Bay.

The Bucs agreed Sunday to send their first-round pick in the NFL draft, the 13th overall, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014 to the Jets for the 27-year-old Pro Bowl cornerback. If Revis in on the Bucs roster the third day of the league year in '14, it becomes a third-round pick.

Revis, who arrived in Tampa on a privately chartered plane and was greeted by Bucs coach Greg Schiano Sunday afternoon, has agreed to terms on a six year, $96-million contract with the Bucs that includes no guaranteed money. He will  receive $1.5-million roster bonus, $1.5-million workout bonus with a $13-million base salary each year for six years.

"I am excited to annnouce we've been able to make a trade to acquire Darrelle Revis,'' Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said Sunday. "We're really looking forward to him becoming a key member to our defense, a key leader to our defense and looking forward to introducing him to our community tomorrow at a press conference so everybody can get to know the newest member of our Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"We're thrilled. It's rare you have a chance to add a player of this caliber to your football team. It just doesn't happen very often. That's what made us motivated.''

Revis will be introduced in a news conference at noon Monday at One Buc Place and will be part of the team's draft party Thursday.

The long-anticpated deal was agreed upon last Thursday after a phone conversation between Dominik and Jets general manager John Idzik, who worked together for six seasons in the front office in Tampa Bay.

Revis is in the final year of his contract with the Jets, who could not place a franchise tag on him and may have received no compensation if he left as a free agent following the 2013 season.

Initially, the Jets were asking for a pair of first-round picks for Revis. But it became apparent to Dominik that only the Bucs had the combination of draft picks, salary cap room and willingness to meet Revis' salary demands.

On Friday, Dominik received the trade papers and permission from the Jets to contact Revis' agents since the deal was contigent on the Bucs reaching a long-term agreement.

Revis suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins last season, but the Bucs expect him to fully participate the first day of training camp and play in the first game of the regular season -- which ironically -- happens to be at MetLife Stadium against the Jets.

The Bucs received the medical records of the evaluation Revis underwent Monday by Giants team Dr. Russel Warren, who cleared him to begin running without restriction and he passed a physical in Tampa Sunday.

The Bucs had the worst pass defense in the NFL last season and the focus has been on improving the secondary. But the team did little to address their dire cornerback situation. Aside from signing Eric Wright to a restructured one-year contract. Cornerback Ronde Barber has not decided whether to return for a 17th season.

Instead, the Bucs signed 49ers Pro Bowl free agent safety Dashon Goldson to a five-year, $41.25-million contract.

Dominik believed if the Bucs waited for Revis to hit free agency next season, the list of suitors would grow and they would be a longshot in landing one of the top defenders in football.

Revis, who has staged several holdouts over his contract situation with the Jets, has never been a problem in the locker room. The Bucs also beleived they had some inside information about Revis since special teams coach Dave Wannstedt was his head coach at the Univerity of Pittsburgh and defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley had the same position with the Panthers.

Because Revis was willing to forgo the guarantees to earn $16-million per year, which ties him with Bills defensive end Mario Williams as the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL and makes him the seventh highest-paid in the league.

The value of the deal reached north of the expected $15-million per year because the Bucs believed it was insurance against not having to guarantee any portion of the contract.



[Last modified: Sunday, April 21, 2013 7:50pm]


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