Earlier on Sunday CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Darrelle Revis was headed to Tampa Bay in order to have the Buccaneers administer a physical and attempt to finalize a trade that would send him from the Jets to the Bucs. The physical is over and the trade is done: Darrelle Revis is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers gave up their 2013 first-round pick (No. 13 overall) and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014 that could become a third-round pick. It's essentially a third-round pick, though, because the condition is that Revis remains on the Bucs' roster on the third day of the league year in 2014.
"This is clearly one of the most dramatic moves in franchise history, acquiring the player widely regarded as the best CB in the NFL," the Bucs tweeted.
Revis has agreed to terms with the Bucs on a new contract as well, according to the team. La Canfora reports it's a six-year contract worth $96 million over the life of the deal. And according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, it contains zero guaranteed dollars.
It's a blockbuster deal, but also a good move by both teams. The Jets couldn't afford to let Revis walk for nothing, which would've happened after 2013 barring a trade and/or a new deal for the cornerback.
The Buccaneers needed to get a quality cornerback on the roster or else they were going to get torched by Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, again. That they locked down Revis for the foreseeable future -- with no guaranteed money! -- is impressive. And that they acquired him for a relatively low cost from the Jets is even better news for an up-and-coming team.
There will be PLENTY of debate about whether or not this was a good deal in the immediate and long-term future.
I firmly believe the Bucs look like winners right now, but there's certainly an argument that the Jets made a smart move and that John Idzik passed his first test.
We don't know how Revis will recover from ACL surgery. Adrian Peterson set the precedent when he returned for the Vikings last year and looked superhuman following ACL surgery. But we can't expect that same sort of return for Revis, mainly because he doesn't play the same position.
Revis thanked Jets fans with a lengthy message on Twitter, calling his time in New York "unbelievable."
Revis' agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, tweeted the news on Sunday afternoon that Revis had "agreed to terms" with the Bucs.
Darrelle Revis has agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers— Schwartz& Feinsod (@schwartzfeinsod) April 21, 2013
And Revis' business manager John Geiger tweeted a picture of Revis signing what appears to be a contract, telling folks to "congratulate" the "newest" member of the Bucs.