It’s now clear that, as we reported Tuesday, the Buccaneers are the one team that currently wants to trade for cornerback Darrelle Revis.
It remains unclear why the Jets have yet to pull the trigger.
Though some continue to insist that the deal still has too many moving parts, there’s a growing belief that the only remaining issue is whether the Jets will take what the Bucs are offering. As to the compensation for Revis, the suspicion is that the Bucs and the player’s agents have worked out the terms discreetly.
Sure, it’s tampering. But it happens more often than anyone admits, league office memos be damned. And if the Jets want to get this trade accomplished, it’s necessary.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports now writes that Buccaneers management is “fully on board” with the move, news that in all candor should have been presumed to be obvious in light of the fact that the Bucs want to trade for Revis. Cole also writes that the price “for a star player” was set by the deal that sent Percy Harvin to the Seahawks. As we reported on Tuesday, however, there are real differences between the Harvin and Revis situations.
The maximum pick the Bucs will surrender is, currently, a second-round pick in 2013 or a first-round selection in 2014. More than that, and the Bucs will explore other options, possibly starting with Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes.
But it will be hard for new Jets G.M. John Idzik to accept less, especially with his predecessor declaring that Revis should yield the same package as Harvin. Taking a job in a town with a hyperactive media can induce paralysis, and this will be Idzik’s first (and possibly biggest) test as to whether he can shut out the noise and make the right move.
If he doesn’t move soon, there will be plenty of noise throughout upcoming year, because the Jets’ 2013 will be less about the team and more about the Darrelle Revis farewell tour.