Revis Island is heading south.
After months of trade speculation and posturing by the Jets front office, the team dealt its best player, three-time All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, to Tampa Bay Sunday.
Revis’ agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, announced Sunday that Revis had agreed to terms with the Buccaneers, and the cornerback’s business manager, John Geiger, tweeted a photo of Revis signing his new contract at Tampa Bay's facility.
The Jets, who currently hold the ninth overall pick in this week’s NFL draft, will get the Bucs’ 13th overall pick next week, in addition to a fourth-round pick in 2014 that can become a third-round selection, according to the Jets, if Revis is on the Bucs roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.
Revis’ agents confirmed the cornerback signed a new six-year contract with Tampa Bay worth $96 million – a deal that will make him the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history, at roughly $16 million a year. The Bucs, however, protected themselves against injury by offering no guarantees in the contract, according to multiple outlets.
Revis, who currently is rehabbing a torn ACL, left Morristown Municipal Airport on a private plane at 11:56 a.m. Sunday and arrived at Tampa International Airport at 2:28 p.m. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Revis was picked up at the airport by Schiano.
A source confirmed Sunday morning that the Jets had granted Revis permission to fly to Tampa Bay in order to undergo a physical – and within a few hours, he was signing his new deal, an indication that Revis’ passed his physical with the Bucs’ medical staff.
Earlier in the week, the Tampa Bay Times reported the Bucs' front office viewed the Jets' asking price – Tampa Bay's 13th pick, as well as third- and fifth-round selections in next week's draft -- as too high, given the trade market for Revis. But the Jets' willingness to allow Revis to be checked out by the Bucs' medical staff shows both sides are eager to get this deal done. It could happen as early as Sunday night or Monday morning, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Idzik would only say during his pre-draft press conference Thursday that he had a "nice talk'' recently with Revis. He did not acknowledge the ongoing communication between the Jets and the Bucs.
When asked repeatedly about the team's desire to trade Revis, Idzik said: "We won't discuss any supposed talks or true talks or club-to-club talks or player-to-club talks. Hopefully and respectfully, they’ll remain private.”