Florio is back with more Revis trade rumors, and this time he has useful information. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are apparently the team that made the "good" offer Florio spoke about last night.
As the new league year approaches, the Jets have, for now, one serious trade partner for cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s the Buccaneers.
Florio later goes on to talk about the complications that could prevent this from being completed quickly if at all. Good job, Florio.
There has been a lot of talk about contenders like the 49ers, Falcons, and Seahawks pre-Harvin trade getting involved, but I have been starting to think Revis will go to a non-contender. San Francisco, Atlanta, and Seattle are already at the top of the league without Revis. Adding an elite talent like Revis will have a bigger impact on a team looking to make a leap. The Bucs have a need for a cornerback. They are in a division with high flying passing attacks. They have ample cap space, and they could stand to get their fans excited.
The Jets have put themselves into a tough spot if they want to deal Revis. They have to figure out what the maximum offer they can get will be. When will it come? Will it be before free agency when teams can fill their cornerback needs, or after there is better evidence Revis will make a full recovery? How much do they stand to lose?
Florio notes the pitfalls:
Under these circumstances, a 2013 first-round pick for Revis doesn’t make sense.For the Jets and Revis, the question now becomes whether they are willing to do the deal, before the opportunity dries up. If the Bucs sign a player like, say, Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes once the market opens, the Bucs will lose interest in Revis — and as of right now there’s no one else trying to get the deal done.
But then the question comes to whether Tampa Bay can get an extension done quickly, which is complicated by the medical situation. How does Tampa Bay get medical assurances? What medical information are the Jets and Revis comfortable giving? And do the Jets think they can get a first rounder if they wait?