Source: Bucs interested in trading for Darrelle Revis
Speculation is mounting that Darrelle Revis' days as a Jet are numbered.
The Bucs have had internal discussions about Revis and are open to the possibility of a trade, a source told Newsday Tuesday. At the moment, it's unclear whether Jets general manager John Idzik is anxious to unload Revis before he's due to earn his $1-million roster bonus Saturday.
Idzik is expected to attend Alabama's Pro Day Wednesday to scout players for next month's draft.
Despite Revis' reputation as a shutdown corner, there aren't as many trade partners for the Jets as one might assume. Revis, who has one year left on his four-year, $46-million deal, underwent knee surgery in October, so there are questions about his health heading into the 2013 season.
The Bucs seem like a likely landing spot for Revis, considering Idzik's history with Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik. The pair worked together for several years in the Bucs' scouting department and, with Idzik and Dominik working under general manager Rich McKay, Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl 10 years ago.
If Revis were to be dealt to Tampa Bay, he'd be reunited with special-teams coordinator Dave Wannstedt, for whom he played at Pitt, and safeties coach Jeff Hafley, who was Revis' position coach in college.
A potential Revis-to-Tampa Bay trade could come 13 years after the Jets dealt another of their high-profile players to the Bucs: Keyshawn Johnson. The wide receiver, the first overall pick in the 1996 draft, was traded for two first-round picks in 2000.
On Monday, ProFootballTalk.com reported the Jets had a "good" deal on the table that was beneficial to both sides, as far as "the compensation given to the team and the financial package that would be extended to Revis." But according to PFT, the financials of the proposed deal had not been shared with Revis' camp as of Tuesday.
The Broncos and Falcons are not believed to be in the market for Revis, and ESPN recently reported the 49ers' interest in Revis ".001 on a scale of 1-10."
That leaves the Bucs, who have been linked most recently to a potential Revis trade. But with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Brent Grimes and Nnamdi Asomugha still available, the cornerback market is flooded with options.
Tampa Bay spent the first day of free agency wining and dining former 49er Dashon Goldson, the top free-agent safety. Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer sent a private plane to California to whisk the two-time Pro Bowl selection away for the evening, according to a Tampa Bay Times report. Of course, the Bucs, who have about $30 million in cap room, could set their sights on Revis, too.
He maintained last season that he wants to be a "Jet for life," but in a recent Web interview Revis entertained the thought of playing elsewhere.
"It really doesn't matter where I'm at," Revis said. "I know what I can do, I'm confident in what I do . . . Whether it be there with the New York Jets or with another team, I have to do what I have to do and play ball and do my services for that team."