Darrelle Revis is very close to calling Tampa Bay his new hope. Per a report from Yahoo! Sports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office is “fully onboard” to deal draft picks that would land them Revis but the trade is being held ransom by the Jets high demands. Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik is willing to part ways with a 2013 second-round draft pick or a 2014 first-round draft pick to get Revis but the Jets want more.
It’s not quantity that the Jets want, it’s immediate quality as the Jets want no less than the Buccaneers 2013 first-round draft pick which is the 13th overall pick this April.
The Jets are viewing the Percy Harvin trade from Monday as a gauge for what they think they deserve in return for Revis. The Seahawks gave up a 2013 first-round pick and a 2013 seventh-round pick as well as a 2014 mid-round selection to land Harvin but the Buccaneers and Seahawks are miles apart when it comes to draft picks.
Seattle’s first-round pick this year was the 25th overall pick while the Buccaneers pick in the top 15, so naturally the Buccaneers are not going to be happy with that demand.
The fact that the Buccaneers are willing to part with a 2014 first-rounder is interesting as they’re clearly gambling that they’ll be an improved enough team next season that their first-round pick low enough that they won’t be heartbroken over parting with it. The Jets demand for the Buccaneers 2013 first rounder is a bit puzzling as New York needs a franchise quarterback and there isn’t one worth taking that high in the first round this year. Next year could prove to be very different and this year pales in comparison to what next year’s class could bring.
It’s only a matter of time before Revis is traded and unless a team offers up their 2013 first-round pick in the next few days, it’s looking like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will finally have an elite cornerback to insert into what ended up being the league’s worst in 2012. The Jets can’t afford to hang onto Revis through the 2013 season and they’ll eventually have to swallow their crazy demands and make a deal that still could land them a first-round pick.