It appears as though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are willing to play ball with the New York Jets when it comes to acquiring Darrelle Revis, and the team is willing to part ways with the 13th overall pick in this April’s draft to do so. Not only that, but according to Yahoo! reporter Jason Cole, Mark Dominik and the Buccaneers are willing to part with their first, third and sixth round draft picks in 2013 to acquire Revis, but John Idzik and the Jets want more.
The Buccaneers are not only willing to trade a combination of a first-, third- and sixth-round picks for Revis, they are also willing to pay the corner in the area of $15-16 million per year on a long-term contract.
Cole’s report çame late Sunday night and was followed up by two separate and conflicting reports on Monday. ProFootballTalk.com reported the same thing Cole was reporting, but the Tampa Times and beat writer Rick Stroud denied reports that the Buccaneers had already decided they were willing to part ways with the 13th overall pick in the draft.
Stroud later back peddled on that report, saying that while he thinks the Bucs will decide their 2012 first-round pick is expendable, he hasn’t heard that definitively as of yet.
@realkevinreilly I think the Bucs will be willing to deal the 13th overall pick in the end, but told today they are still undecided.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) April 8, 2013
The larger issue here remains the Jets and their ignorance. First, the deal couldn’t get done because the Buccaneers needed to give up their 2013 first-rounder. Then, once it was reported that the Bucs were willing to do that very thing, Idzik has reportedly said that three 2013 draft picks aren’t enough for a guy coming off an ACL injury.
In all honesty, the situation continues to get more and more ridiculous and it’s looking like it won’t be concluded until the final week before the NFL Draft. Tampa Bay won’t agree to a deal until they’ve brought Revis in for a physical and it appears as though the Jets won’t part ways with Revis for anything less than the Buccaneers deed to the Raymond James Stadium and the Glazers’ entire family fortune — plus a 2013 first rounder.
Everything seems to be in place, but the Jets are refusing to move until they feel the ball is back in their court. By making outrageous demands, they’ve managed to appear to have the power, but only in the sense that a crazy person holding hostages has power over police trying to free them.