In case you lost interest in the New York Jets bogus attempts to drag out what has forcibly become one of the most uninteresting trade disputes of the offseason, the team is reportedly still interested in trading cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if the price is right. Thus has been the mantra the entire offseason as it appears the Buccaneers are the only team crazy enough to be willing to trade quality picks for a guy who’s future is uncertain.
Talks have been at a stand still for some time now, as the Buccaneers and Jets are in a good old fashion Tarantino-esque standoff where the Jets want a first rounder this year and the Bucs are only willing to surrender a 2014 first-rounder. New York wants to dump Revis as they’ll likely be unable to re-sign him after this season when he hits the market and they want to get some return for him but they still feel they have the right to demand what they want for him.
We’ve been in this stare-down for almost a month now and as we near the draft, the pressure only continues to mount. But unlike most trades that are or have been in the works up to this point, the Buccaneers chances of acquiring Revis doesn’t end when the draft kicks off and the Buccaneers make their selection at 13th overall.
Tampa Bay using their draft pick only works against the Jets, not the Bucs. Tampa Bay will likely be drafting more than a few cornerbacks in the draft, which not only takes their 2013 first-rounder off the table for New York, but show the Jets that the control of the situation is really in Tampa and not in New York. The Jets would slowly begin to realize that the Bucs don’t really need Revis and that first-rounder in 2014 would start to look a lot better than it looks to them now.
In this situation, the Bucs might even be able to talk the Jets down to a second rounder, as their being the only team with high interest at this point also works to their advantage.
John Idzik coming into power in the Jets front office was supposed to signal a change in how things were done, but things are looking the same so far. Moves aren’t being made, and when good deals present themselves, Idzik and company seem to be holding out for more than what is within reason. It will be interesting to see how the situation ends up, but the longer the Jets wait and the longer they think their britches are bigger than they are, the longer New York will fail to move past the debacle that has been the past two seasons.