[Update by JasonB, 04/21/13 5:37 PM EDT ] The trade is official. Jets get the Buccaneers 1st rounder this year (13th overall) and 4th rounder in 2012. The Bucs then give Revis a staggering 6 year, $98 million deal but.... none of it guaranteed. That said, he will be getting upwards of $16 mil in each of the first 2 years.
[Update by JasonB, 04/21/13 6:24 PM EDT ] The 4th rounder becomes a 3rd if Revis is still on the Bucs roster at the end of this year. So it's a more or less guaranteed to be a 3rd.
The long rumored trade of All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis from the Jets to the Bucs seems as though it's finally going to happen. Adam Schefter reported today that Revis has been given permission to meet with the Bucs and take a physical, which is typically a strong sign that the compensation has already been agreed to. Sources say the deal could be finalized by tonight or tomorrow.
Most of the speculation is that the centerpiece of the deal will be the Bucs' #13 overall pick. Revis, who will be 28 and is coming off a major knee injury, figures to be a big boost to a secondary that was among the league's worst in 2012. Assuming Revis comes back healthy, he will no doubt be a major upgrade, but it's a significant cost in terms of picks and cap space that they'll have to give him in terms of a new contract for a team that's hardly one player away from contending.
For the Jets, they're trying to cash in on a player they don't feel they will be able to afford in a year. Revis, one of the league's most consistent contract malcontents, will be looking to be one of the highest paid defenders in the NFL after this season and has a clause in his current deal that prevents the Jets from franchising him. So unless the Jets met his demands this year, he'd be an unrestricted free agent in 2014.
With their backs to the wall, it's a pretty decent deal for the Jets. That said, I'm sure they wish they weren't paying huge money to Mark Sanchez so they could afford to keep Revis... But that is the hand that new Jets GM John Idzik was dealt. Still, for Jets fans it has to sting to see Darrelle Revis shipped out while Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are still on the team.
What does this all mean for the Eagles? Well, it makes the Jets a potential player at the top of the draft. If the deal goes through as expected, they'll hold the #9 and #13 overall pick and will likely get at least an additional 3rd rounder. They could certainly choose to stand pat and grab two good players, but if they decided that this was the year to go for another QB, they'd certainly have ample ammunition to move up. Same could be said for the top offensive lineman in the draft.