It was just last week that the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed on the verge of completing a deal for Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis, but now that is a thing of the past. According to Pro Football Talk, the Jets and Buccaneers have come to a standstill in negotiations and it looks like the Buccaneers are closing to giving up on a trade.
PFT’s Mike Florio wrote:
The biggest takeaway from our first full day at the league meetings in Phoenix is that, with the Jets and Buccaneers taking strong opposing positions as to the trade value of one of the best defensive players in football, the Buccaneers are close to moving on. The belief is that the Jets want a package headlined by a first-round pick, and that the Buccaneers are willing to part with, at most, a 2014 first-round selection.
The Plan B remains Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, who has drawn interest from the Dolphins and the Browns. The Bucs and Grimes are, we’re told, talking — and if/when the Buccaneers land the Falcons’ 2012 franchise player, the Bucs will be out of the Revis business.
It is silly for the Jets to be pushing the Bucs away in negotiations.
What New York needs to remember is that Darrelle Revis is only under contract through this season and there is language in his deal that prevents the Jets from hitting him with the franchise tag in 2014. Once that happens, Revis will be out the door and the Jets won’t get any compensation in return.
If the Buccaneers are really willing to give up a 2014 first-round pick, New York needs to jump on that deal.
Having two first-round picks in next season’s draft would be great for the Jets. When you look at some of the top players in next year’s draft class like Jadeveon Clowney and Teddy Bridgewater, having two first-rounders puts you in better position to grab one of the top stars.
Be smart, New York. Take what the Buccaneers are offering or else Revis will be walking away and an opportunity to improve your team will be lost.