Jets insisting on Bucs' 13th overall pick as part of deal for Revis
Any trade of Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay must include no less than the Bucs’ first-round pick in the NFL draft April 25, the team’s front office has been informed.
The Bucs remain greatly focused on acquiring one of the league’s premier defensive players. In fact, the only thing holding up the trade for Revis is that general manager Mark Dominik still is weighing whether to part with the 13th overall selection in 2013. While that choice is in play, he's unsure what additional compensation the Jets may require for Revis.
At minimum, that would give the Jets the ninth and 13th picks overall this year.
The Bucs had hoped the Jets would consider a first-round pick in 2014 as part of the compensation for Revis but have been emphatically told that is not an option.
Tampa Bay is willing to pay Revis about $15-million per year, but the Dominik has not received permission to speak with the agents for the Jets star.
Because Revis is recovering from a torn ACL, the Bucs do not believe it is a trade that can be made on the clock because they would require him to be examined by multiple team doctors. Therefore, the Bucs have a loosely, self-imposed deadline of about a week before the draft to complete a trade for Revis, the Times has learned.
The Bucs believe they are the only team actively pursuing Revis, who would greatly improve the league’s worst pass defensive in 2012. Tampa Bay, which is about $27-million under the salary cap, has told agents for available cornerbacks that they are waiting to see whether they can strike a deal for Revis.
The fragile talks between the two teams will enter a new phase next week when Revis is expected to report to the Jets’ training facility for off-season workouts in order to collect $3-million in scheduled bonuses, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.
Revis reportedly would prefer to rehabilitate his knee at a training facility in Arizona until he knows where he will be playing next season.
The Bucs suspect the compensation for Revis would exceed the 13th overall pick, but Jets general manager John Idzik has only focused on getting a first-round choice in 2013.
The Jets can’t franchise Revis if he reaches free agency at the end of the 2013 season. So if Idzik is unable to strike a deal with the Bucs or another team, he must either deal him by the Oct. deadline or sign him to a long-term deal before the end of the season. Otherwise, the Jets could lose Revis as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 with only a compensatory draft pick to show for it.