On Sunday, the Jets traded their star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In return, the Jets received the Bucs 13th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Revis agreed to a six-year, $96 million deal, making him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history.
The Jets are being criticized because Revis was their best player, and usually teams don't trade their best player. But, their best player is coming off major knee surgery, and it's uncertain whether or not he'll be the star cornerback he was before the injury.
Also, the Jets are coming off a losing season, they have a new GM, and they are looking to rebuild. Hopefully the organization will make the right choices in this year's draft. Although, with last night's picks, it seems to be a little shaky.
The Jets decision to trade Revis came at just the right time: the Sunday before the 2013 NFL Draft. The Bucs were willing to give up their first round draft pick for Revis, and the Jets didn't hesitate at that offer. Also, there weren't any other offers on the table for Revis. Who knows what would've happened if the Jets had waited until after the draft to get rid of Revis.
Revis is coming off a short season due to a serious knee injury he suffered last season in week three against the Dolphins. Revis underwent ACL surgery during the season and he has been rehabbing ever since. He passed the Buccaneers' physical, which was the final step in the process to make the trade official.
Revis might make his Buccaneer regular season debut at a familiar place -- MetLife Stadium. The Jets open up against the Buccaneers, and their former cornerback Darrelle Revis, if he is healthy, on September 8.
Another game to highlight on your 2013 NFL season schedule is when the Bucs head up to Seattle. Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman and Revis have exchanged some words this offseason. It will definitely be interesting to see which player can prove who's the best on the field, not on Twitter.
Revis is joining a struggling Buccaneers defense. Last season, the Bucs’ pass defense gave up an NFL high 17 plays of 30 yards or more, 15 of which were thrown to wide receivers.
The Buccaneers are in the NFC South and so are some of the best QBs in the NFL: Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton. It will be interesting to see what Revis can do against these powerhouse quarterbacks.
Throughout Revis’ six years with the Jets, their relationship was always on the rocks. From the holdout to this trade, both sides were never in agreement. Unfortunately, there was no marriage counselor to fix this relationship, and it ended in divorce.