It's starting to become increasingly clear that the New York Jets will trade Darrelle Revis this season. That much was said by Adam Schefter on Twitter, but Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has a big ol' article on the subject, too.
NY Daily News reports Jets have two teams interested in Darr"This is happening. They're moving him. They can't keep him. They're rebuilding. They're starting fresh."elle Revis. This much is known: Jets are shopping him and determined to deal him— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2013
According to Mehta, the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons are two teams interested in Revis, and he noted that a third team could be interested as well. "This is happening. They're moving him. They can't keep him. They're rebuilding. They're starting fresh." a source "familiar with the situation" told Mehta.
The question we're all asking ourselves: are the Buccaneers one of the interested teams? And, should they be? At this point it's nearly impossible to answer the first question. The Bucs haven't been overly active in trades in the past, though they have made a few each year. Mark Dominik has only one big trade on his record: trading a second-rounder and a fifth-rounder for tight end Kellen Winslow in 2009. Keeping that in mind, I wouldn't be shocked if the Buccaneers did trade for Darrelle Revis.
But the second question -- should they? -- is more relevant. Darrelle Revis is undoubtedly the best cornerback in football, no matter how many times Richard Sherman claims the opposite. He would provide an instant upgrade for any team, let alone the Buccaneers who were starting players like Danny Gorrer last season. But trading for Revis means giving him a long-term contract extension. And giving him a long-term contract extension means not giving a big contract to a free agent, or to one of your own players, and that represents a problem.
That's not the only issue on the table, though. There's Revis' recovery from an ACL injury, and how that would limit him in the future. Has he lost some of his athletic ability? The recovery isn't complete yet, and it's impossible to know what he will look like playing football next season. That may also depress his cost in draft picks and even money, but it's a hefty risk to take.
According to Albert Breer, the market for Revis consists of a first-rounder plus another high pick.
Talking to 3 execs in last 12 hours, market for Revis seems to be a first-rounder, plus another high pick, perhaps a conditional '14 pick.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 6, 2013
No player they could draft would be as good as Revis, or have as big of an impact as Revis, but they would be younger and with the team for a longer time. But trading for Revis wouldn't just cost them draft picks, it would also cost them the ability to sign a free agent. In essence, trading for Revis would mean giving up three premium players: two high draft picks, and a premium free agent. So would the Buccaneers be better off with Darrelle Revis and Leonard Johnson, or with Sean Smith, Xavier Rhodes and Logan Ryan?