The Buccaneers want Darrelle Revis. That much is certain.
But Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik still has yet to decide if the injured Jets cornerback is worth the asking price of 13th overall pick in this month’s NFL draft.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs have “a loosely, self-imposed deadline” of about a week before the draft to trade for Revis, who still is recovering from ACL surgery. The team reportedly is willing to pay him roughly $15 million a year, but the sticking point remains the first-round compensation.
Should the Bucs part with their first-round pick, the Jets would have – at the minimum – the ninth and 13th overall picks this year. Tampa Bay was willing to give the Jets a first-round pick in 2014, but the Bucs were “emphatically told that is not an option.” And though Dominik has not received permission to speak with Revis’ agents, the team reportedly has told agents for available cornerbacks that they “are waiting to see whether they can strike a deal for Revis.”
Since the Jets can’t hold on to Revis via the franchise tag at season-end, general manager John Idzik is hard-pressed to deal the defensive star. If Idzik is unable to broker a deal, the Jets have three options: (1) trade Revis by the October deadline; (2) sign him to a long-term deal before the end of the season; or (3) allow Revis to bolt as an unrestricted free agent and recoup a compensatory pick.