Jets trade Revis to Bucs
By The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 5:45 p.m.
NEW YORK — Revis Island is relocating to Tampa Bay.
The Jets traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers for this year's No. 13 overall draft pick and another selection next year.
The Buccaneers announced the deal on the team's Twitter page Sunday, tweeting that Revis agreed to a new six-year contract that, according to a person familiar with the situation, is worth $96 million — but with no guaranteed money. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn't announced financial terms.
The Jets also will receive a conditional draft pick, either a third- or fourth-rounder, next year.
Revis, an Aliquippa native and Pitt product, arrived Sunday in Tampa to take a physical with the Buccaneers, who wanted to check out his surgically repaired left knee. He passed the physical and agreed to contract terms with the Bucs, who then completed the deal with the Jets.
Tampa Bay opens the season at — that's right — the Jets.
Trade talk has been swirling for months involving Revis, with the Buccaneers thought all along to be the most serious suitor.
Coach Rex Ryan's Jets have the ninth overall pick in the draft that starts Thursday and now the 13th pick, so new general manager John Idzik will be busy early in the first round.
For the Bucs, adding Revis improves a secondary that already includes cornerback Eric Wright and safeties Mark Barron and recently signed Dashon Goldson. Tampa Bay finished last in pass defense last season.
The 27-year-old Revis was entering the last season of his four-year contract signed in 2010 but was looking for a big payday that would make him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the league. A clause in that deal prevented the Jets from using the franchise or transition tag on him next year, so he likely would have become a free agent in 2014.
As the Jets weighed whether to try to sign him to a contract extension, lose him to free agency next offseason or deal him for high draft picks, Revis was the subject of rampant trade rumors since last season ended.
Complicating things was the fact Revis is coming off a serious injury.
Revis has indicated in interviews he expects to be ready for the start of the regular season.
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