Just trade Revis already!

Updated: April 8, 2013

Rumors are flying around that the Jets are close to trading cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers.

The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Tampa Bay is holding up the deal because they don’t want to give up a first-round pick and pay his salary. Well, too bad.

The Bucs play in the same division as Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Cam Newton, Steve Smith, Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, and Marques Colston. Essentially, every team in the Buccaneers’ division has at least one wide receiver and a quarterback that is better than Tampa Bay’s. What this means is that the Bucs need a legitimate cornerback to stop those players. Well, Darrelle Revis is that legit CB.

To me, this trade would’ve been agreed to weeks ago if Tampa Bay didn’t have the 13th overall pick in the draft. But because the Bucs have a top 15 pick, they might think they can enter the draft and find a cornerback to solve their problems in the mean time. That’s wrong. No cornerback that the Buccaneers could draft at 13 comes even close to Revis, 27. The cornerback is worth the money, and the pick, because he will help Tampa Bay more in the short term than any draft pick could.

If the Bucs want to contend this year, they have to trade for Revis. If they don’t want to contend, then they should forget about the trade. New York is in a prime position here because it can either keep Revis and deal with his complaints and salary, or trade him for a solid draft pick. As a result, the Jets have all the negotiating power, while the Buccaneers have almost none.

Landing Revis doesn’t guarantee Tampa Bay a playoff spot at all. The NFC is extremely difficult this year seeing as the second place teams in the NFC West (Seattle or San Francisco) and the NFC South (Atlanta or New Orleans) will most claim the two wild card spots. But even though that’s the case, Revis will help the Bucs for at least the next couple years, and maybe give them a slim shot at the playoffs this year. Without him, I give the Buccaneers a 0% chance of making the playoffs. With him, I’ll give them a 20% chance.

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