Revis officially traded to Bucs, signs record-breaking contract
The Jets will receive the 13th overall pick in Thursday's draft, as well as a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft that will become a third-round pick if Revis is on the Bucs' roster on the third day of the 2014 league year. Considering the Jets' asking price was said to be a first-, third-, and fifth-round pick, it seems that the Bucs got a pretty good deal.
Revis had only one year left on his contract with the Jets, so the Bucs obviously wanted to agree to a long-term deal with him before making the trade. The contract that Revis has signed with the Bucs is a six-year, $96 million deal. The average annual salary of $16 million is the highest number a defensive back has ever received. What is interesting about Revis' new deal, however, is that it includes no guaranteed money. Zero. It is a way for the Bucs to protect themselves, as Revis is coming off of major knee surgery, and it also shows that Revis is confident he will return to his pre-injury form. It is extremely surprising, however, that a player as exceptional as Revis would settle for a contract that guarantees him nothing.
The addition of Revis to the Bucs' secondary is obviously huge, as he is the best cornerback in the NFL and the Bucs fielded the worst pass defense in the league last season. Also having acquired the league's premier cover safety - Dashon Goldson - in free agency, the Bucs' secondary should be much, much better in 2013.
The Bucs main focus will now be to acquire a player who can get to the quarterback, and I think they're a good bet to snag the best available pass rusher with their first draft pick, which will be 43rd overall. While the secondary has certainly improved, the Bucs' roster has no one who registered more than five sacks in 2012.
The Jets now have eight picks in the 2013 draft to bolster a weak roster. With their own pick being 9th overall, they'll have a chance to really improve their squad if they are smart with their selections. Head coach Rex Ryan is reportedly very high on LSU's Barkevious Mingo, while there are also rumors that the Jets could target West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and his favorite target Tavon Austin. Others suggest that general manager John Idzik's preference is to trade down and stockpile more picks. The Atlanta Falcons may be able to provide that opportunity, as they are said to be interested in trading up.
Considering what they got, what they gave up, and what they paid out, the Buccaneers appear to be the winners of this blockbuster trade.