When it comes to the question of whether the Jets will trade cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers, plenty of things aren’t clear.
One thing is becoming more obvious: The move to get Revis is coming from Tampa Bay ownership. That’s what one source with knowledge of the trade dynamics told PFT on Thursday.
The two teams are believed to have dug in on the question whether the package of picks will be headlined by a first-rounder in 2013 or a first-round selection in 2014. If that’s the only difference, and if the folks who sign the checks have decided they’re ready to write some big ones to Revis (even though the cornerback market has softened significantly in the past nine days), there’s a good chance they’ll direct G.M. Mark Dominik to give up the first-round pick in 2013.
Still, Peter King of SI.com reports that the talks remain in a “fragile state.” And while King makes a good case for Jets G.M. John Idzik taking picks in 2014, when he may be working with a new coach, Idzik seems determined to match the 2013 first-rounder that the Vikings got for Percy Harvin.
“The trade has to happen,” a source with knowledge of the negotiations told King. “The question is when. The Jets know they can’t sign [Revis], and Idzik knows if he doesn’t sign him he’s got to get the best deal he can.”
And so we’ll keep waiting for someone to blink. If Tampa Bay ownership wants Revis badly enough they could be the ones blinking.
Then, they could end up being the team using that 2014 first-round pick on a quarterback.