Apparently Jeff McLane’s tweet was premature. ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini reports at least one other team along with Tampa Bay have engaged in trade talks with the Jets. Rotoworld mentions the Jets still haven’t granted Revis’s reps permission to talk with other teams. Basically, this thing could go down tonight or in two weeks. Stay tuned.
I’m hearing CB Darelle Revis will be traded to the Bucs. Details just need to be ironed out.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 13, 2013
The latest in the slow moving avalanche that is the Darrelle Revis speculation puts the cornerback possibly in Tampa, where the Buccaneers are reportedly a serious trading partner, according to ProFootballTalk.
Executing a Revis deal will be difficult regardless of the destination, with the Jets wanting and needing a high return, and the player wanting and needing a lot of money…now. What could especially make a trade difficult is the bubbling chatter that the asking price should be in line with what the Vikings were given for Percy Harvin (first and seventh round picks this year, and another high pick next year).
PFT’s Mike Florio said that compensation makes little sense since the comparison between the two players and their contract situations is a poor one at best.
First, one playoff team in the NFC traded Harvin to another playoff team in the same conference. To justify that deal, the compensation needed to be greater.
The Jets, by sending Revis to a team they’d only have to worry about in the postseason if they meet in the Super Bowl, are taking less of a competitive risk by shipping Revis to Tampa.
Second, and more importantly, Harvin had a year left on his deal and the Vikings could have used the franchise tag on him twice, before the salary would have become unwieldy. Thus, the Vikings controlled Harvin for a total of three more years.
Ok cool, so that’s settled and we’ll never hear about it again, right?
The Bucs have an abundance of cap room (about $30 million), and with Ronde Barber now little more than a slot corner or free safety if he’s re-signed, support for Eric Wright is very much desired. But of course, competition awaits, with Jason La Canfora saying serious trade talks have also taken place with the Eagles, another team that’s rebuilding their secondary with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie walking as a free agent, and Nnamdi Asomugha finally and mercifully set to be released.
But with both Asomugha and Winfield now available, the cornerback market is getting excessively heavy. Prices are set to drop, and so too will the motivation to spend significantly on Revis when other cheaper, and still viable options are ready and waiting.
And that concludes our Revis reporting for this hour.