Jets trade Darrelle Revis to Buccaneers

The Jets have agreed to send Darrelle Revis to Buccaneers for draft picks, the most valuable being the 13th overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft on Thursday, April 25th. The Jets also will receive the Buccaneers fourth-round draft pick in 2014, but will most likely be turned into a third-round pick if Revis is on the Buccaneers roster early March that year.

Darrelle Revis signed a six-year, $96 million contract to play in Tampa Bay.

The brand new Revis contract spans over six years for $96 million with a $13 million base per year. One of the interesting factors in the Revis contract debate was his worth coming off a major injury and surgery. Besides good faith and workouts, it’s still up in the air that he will return to the high level everyone is used to seeing. Apparently Revis is a gambling man, as zero of the $96 million is guaranteed.

John Idzik spoke to the media after the official announcement of the trade, opening with “We wanted to take this opportunity to formally announce the trade of Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” said Idzik.

“Obviously when it involves a very talented player who’s had a significant impact to our team and our community, there’s much, much thought put into a move like this.  And there are many factors involved, multiple factors involved in a move of this magnitude.  So it’s not taken lightly. Darrelle had a desire to remain a Jet for his career, and I can share with you that we genuinely wanted to follow through with that desire, as well.  We shared that desire.  However, it’s not as simple as player wanting club and club wanting player.  When it comes down to something of this magnitude, there are many factors involved, and I’d just like to outline a few of them so that you can gain a feel for what we were considering and then ultimately how we came to the conclusion that we did today.”

The Revis trade enhances the sentiment which screams the Jets are sacrificing the present for the future to which Idzik responded, “No, I wouldn’t characterize it as sacrifice.  I think any time you contemplate a trade, we’re always going to have both the short and long-term interests of the club in mind because we feel like with the compensation we received, we’re going to gain some short-term benefits, that we’re going to get some very valued players on our roster.  They’re going to help us in years to come,” said Idzik.

“I don’t think it’s quite that simple, that we’re sacrificing a short term versus long term.  We do look at both of those. When we made this decision, we felt like this was the best for both the short and long-term success of the New York Jets.”

Rex Ryan also chimed in, commenting on how he was a part of the process. “We’ve been discussing the possibilities of a trade with Darrelle, and I was involved in the entire process,” said Ryan. “And again, you look at the big picture as we’ve talked about short‑term and long‑term.  I think this, as in all good trades, will benefit both teams.”

Lastly, Woody Johnson talked about the chances of winning in the upcoming 2013 season. “You know, I’ve been at this a while now, and there has never been a year where I haven’t tried to win using everything that I have and tried to build a team that is capable of doing that.  This year is no different.  I mean, we’ve had great years and we’ve had some years that are disappointing, i.e., last year,” Johnson said.

“But my objective and my willingness to do anything that I can do to make the team better is there. This decision was part of it.  We’re constantly making hard decisions to try to make the team better and more competitive for our fans.  That’s who we work for. I don’t want to give anything but 100 percent effort to this, and I know John and Rex are committed to it and so is everybody in the building.  We’re committed to putting a team on the field that’s a winning team and doing it in a deliberative and sound way.”

The Jets have a little over $8 million of cap room after the trade.

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