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Darrelle Revis Trade Rumors: Jets want "a lot more" than a 2013 first-round pick

The Jets really don't want to give up Revis for less than a king's ransom. But are they pushing it?


The rumors never stop. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly offered various combinations of draft picks, including a first-, third- and sixth-round pick according to Jason Cole and a 2014 first-rounder and undetermined second-rounder according to Peter King. Now there's a new report, though, because it seems everyone has sources on this trade: Pro Football Talk suggests the Jets want "a lot more" than a 2013 third-round pick, even though the Bucs would be willing to give up that pick. We don't know what "a lot more" is, but apparently it's more than a third- and sixth-round pick.

Let's review the facts shall we?

Darrelle Revis

  1. Has one year left on his contract.
  2. Is coming of major knee surgery.
  3. Is not in the Jets' long-term plans according to every report.
Meanwhile, the Jets
  1. Really want to trade Revis because they don't want to let him walk for nothing next year.
  2. Have no other realistic trading partners than the Buccaneers.
  3. Are refusing to let Revis go for a first-, third- and sixth-round pick.
Does this make sense to you? No? It doesn't make sense to me either. Remember that Percy Harvin, who is significantly younger and not coming off major knee surgery was traded for a first-rounder, a third-rounder and a seventh-rounder. And all of those picks came twelve spots below the Bucs' current 2013 draft picks. In addition, while Harvin demanded a large contract, he didn't get a contract quite as rich as the one Revis is likely to get.

I would love to see Darrelle Revis play for the Bucs. He's the kind of unique talent that can complete transform a defense. Having him on the team would allow the Bucs to do a lot of new things on their defense, and would significantly alleviate the pressure on the secondary. Here's the thing, though: there is such a thing as too high a price. And if the Bucs have to give up "a lot more" than a 2013 first-round pick, maybe they should look to going into 2013 with Eric Wright, Sheldon Brown, Ronde Barber and two or so drafted cornerbacks. No, that won't rival Revis -- but that's not a bad group of cornerbacks, and it's one that may be more responsible for the franchise going forward go through that route, rather than giving up multiple first-rounders or whatever it is the Jets want.

Still, all of this is likely just posturing and negotiating through the media. I still say a trade gets done -- and it will get done the week of the draft, which starts April 25.

Now, can the rumors stop so I can get back to watching Game of Thrones instead of writing articles about Revis?'