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 the Buccaneers Sunday.
Revis’ agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, announced Sundaythat 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 receive the Bucs’ 13th overall pick in Thursday’s first round. The Jets also get 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 that 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 is currently rehabbing a torn ACL.
The deal essentially means each year of Revis’ deal is a team option.
A source confirmed Sunday morning that the Jets had granted Revis permission to fly to Tampa Bay in order to undergo a physical. Within a few hours, he was signing his new deal to join the Buccaneers.