Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs appear no closer to getting Revis

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Less than three weeks before the NFL draft, Darrelle Revis still is a member of the Jets and the Bucs appear no closer to trading for the Pro Bowl cornerback.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Revis is not optimistic a deal will get done.

Chances are, the Bucs probably feel the same way. Trading for a player such as Revis is a complicated transaction. Even if the clubs could agree on compensation in terms of draft picks (the Jets reportedly want the Bucs' 13th overall pick this season while Tampa Bay prefers to deal its first-rounder in 2014), Revis would need a long-term deal worth between $12 million and $14 million.

Making it even tougher is the fact that Revis is recovering from a torn ACL and doctors would need a day or so to examine him.

That said, Jets owner Woody Johnson doesn't seem excited about signing Revis, who turns 28 in July, to another long-term contract. General manager John Idzik knows if he is going to trade the Jets' best player, the best offer might come days before the draft.

Either way, it's hard to imagine Revis hasn't been affected by all the speculation. It almost sounds as though he would prefer to leave the Jets.

"This hit home," Revis recently said in a video interview with Seahawks FB Michael Robinson. "This definitely hit home, especially being one of the best players out there and come to find out you're getting shopped. But my main focus is it really doesn't matter where I be at, I know what I can do. I'm confident in what I do. … whether it be there with the New York Jets or if it be with another team, I have to do what I have to do and play ball."

The Bucs' focus has to shift to the draft and whether they can select a cornerback who is capable of starting and playing well as a rookie.

The Jets might wind up dealing Revis, but right now, both he and the Bucs probably believe it's a long shot.

WRIGHT STUFF: It's no surprise that CB Eric Wright dropped by One Buc Place to chat with GM Mark Dominik and Schiano about their plans for 2013. Wright's $7.75 million salary is no longer guaranteed, and he will need to restructure that deal to remain with the team. But given the shrinking pool of free agent cornerbacks, the team clearly wants to keep Wright. Had he been in this free agent group of corners — sans Adderal suspension — Wright would've been ranked higher than many.

The only question for Schiano was whether he can count on Wright to be there on Sundays.

"He has been (reliable)," Schiano said. "So he had some things that tripped him up, but he has been a reliable player. Not only here but at other places where coaches on our staff have been with him. If I didn't feel we were good there, we would've already separated.

"It's just a matter of how does it fit relative to what else we have."

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