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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs get Revis from Jets for picks

The biggest trades in Bucs history

Keyshawn Johnson, receiver

Date: April 12, 2000

Partner: Jets

Cost: Two 2000 first-round picks

Result: The Bucs won the Super Bowl two seasons later; traded to the Cowboys in 2004 after a tumultuous 2003 season in which he was suspended by the team.

Jon Gruden, coach

Date: Feb. 18, 2002

Partner: Raiders

Cost: 2002 first- and second-round picks, 2003 first-round pick, 2004 second-round pick and $8 million

Result: The Bucs won the Super Bowl in his first season; fired after the 2008 season following a third straight season of no playoffs.

Darrelle Revis, cornerback

Date: April 21, 2013

Partner: Jets

Cost: 2013 first-round pick and either a third- or fourth-round pick in 2014

Result: To be determined.

TAMPA — The Jet landed in Tampa on Sunday.

Darrelle Revis stepped off the private charter plane and, followed by a small entourage that included his agent, was greeted by Bucs coach Greg Schiano.

Together they made the 2½-mile drive to One Buc Place, where the cornerback underwent a routine physical and agreed to terms on a six-year, $96 million contract to join Bills end Mario Williams as the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

The Bucs believe they will find buried treasure on Revis Island, a trademark earned by his lockdown coverage of the league's elite wide receivers.

Convinced he will fully recover from a torn left ACL he suffered seven months ago, the Bucs agreed to send their first-round pick in this week's draft, No. 13 overall, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014 to the Jets for the three-time All-Pro. If Revis is on the Bucs roster on the third day of the 2014 league year, it becomes a third-round pick. (The league year starts in March and is the same day teams can begin signing free agents.)

The contract includes no guaranteed money. Revis, 27, will receive a $1.5 million roster bonus, a $1.5 million workout bonus and a $13 million base salary each year.

The Bucs are scheduled to introduce Revis during a news conference today, and he plans to attend a draft party Thursday.

"We're really looking forward to him becoming a key member of our defense, a key leader of our defense," Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said. "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 motivated us."

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

Revis was entering the final year of his deal, which stipulated the Jets couldn't designate him as a franchise player. That means they might have received nothing if he left as a free agent.

"We feel like even though (trading Revis) was hard, very hard to do … it was the best for all concerned," Idzik said. "Ideally, we would have wanted to wait, let things play out a little bit more. But with the draft this week (a decision became necessary)."

Initially, the Jets asked for two first-round picks. 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. The Jets lowered their demand to three picks, including the first-rounder. But Dominik held firm at two selections. Dominik gave Idzik a deadline of today for completing the trade.

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

Revis tore his left ACL in Week 3 and missed the rest of last season. But the Bucs expect him to fully participate on the first day of training camp and play in the first regular-season game, which, coincidentally, is against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

The Bucs received the medical records of the evaluation Russel Warren, the Giants team doctor, gave Revis last week. Warren cleared him to run without restriction, and Revis passed the physical in Tampa on Sunday.

The Bucs had the worst pass defense in the NFL last season, and the focus has been on improving the secondary.

The team did little to address cornerback aside from signing Eric Wright, who is expected to start opposite Revis, to a restructured one-year contract.

The Bucs did sign Dashon Goldson, an All-Pro safety for the 49ers in 2012, to a five-year, $41.25 million contract. Dominik believed if the Bucs waited for Revis to hit free agency, the list of suitors would have grown and Tampa Bay would have been a long shot to land him.

Revis has never been a problem in the locker room. The Bucs also believed they had some inside information about Revis because special teams coach Dave Wannstedt coached the cornerback at the University of Pittsburgh and defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley had the same position with the school.

The value of the deal reached north of the expected $13 million to $15 million per season because the Bucs believed it was insurance against not having to guarantee any money.

The Bucs most likely would have targeted a cornerback with the 13th overall pick. But there's no guarantee the player drafted would develop into 50 percent of what Revis has been. So unless they trade up, they won't select until Round 2, 43rd overall.

Revis was not available for comment Sunday, but he did send a tweet:

"I've been sitting around for the last hour trying to figure out what to say to the Jet Nation & I came up with this. The six years I played for the New York Jets were unbelievable. I put my body on the line everyday & did everything could to help the team win. I experienced a lot & learned a lot. The memories I had in New York I will keep dearly to my heart. I want to thank all the Jets fans for making me feel welcome."

Back in New York, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie was not happy.

"It (stinks). That's my reaction: It (stinks)," he told the Daily News. "You look forward to playing with the best cornerback in the league. When you pair us to together, we felt like we had the best tandem."

   
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