There has been a lot of posturing lately as the media whispers about a potential Darrelle Revis trade continue to be louder than the actual action. The New York Jets paid the roster bonus Darrelle Revis was due on Saturday, removing that as a motivating factor to get a deal done quickly. Then it was reported that John Idzik is looking for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to give up their 2014 first round pick, which moves the deadline to get a deal done for Darrelle Revis even further into the future. A recent report also states that there isn’t much concern about Darrelle Revis getting a deal done with the Buccaneers if a trade were to happen. So what’s the hold up?
The New York Jets claim that they aren’t actively shopping Darrelle Revis. Maybe not, but they are certainly answering the phone when other teams call about him. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the clear front-runners to land the All-Pro cornerback. The expected hurdles in the negotiations appear to be non-existent. So why is Darrelle Revis still on the Jets?
The roster bonus the Jets ended up paying wasn’t a true hurdle – more like a stray rock on the track. The Jets ate the $1 million payment for keeping Darrelle Revis on the roster and it will have no impact on further negotiations. The next issue standing between the Jets and a deal for Darrelle Revis is trade compensation. But with reports that the Buccaneers aren’t totally against giving up their first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and John Idzik seemingly fine with taking next year’s first round pick from Tampa Bay instead, that doesn’t seem to be a huge issue.
With all of that looking like it can be conquered, the elephant in the room is getting Darrelle Revis to agree to a new contract. The Buccaneers are confident that won’t be a problem either, and they believe Darrelle Revis would sign for a deal in the $12-13 million range.
So what gives?
There doesn’t seem to be any real urgency on the part of the Jets to get this thing done. If they really are fine with 2014 NFL Draft compensation, this year’s NFL Draft isn’t even a hard deadline to get a trade done. They can string out the Buccaneers as long as they like, assuming the Bucs don’t look elsewhere for their cornerback. There has been some talk of Tampa Bay losing interest, but that’s likely just more media posturing.
Given the cornerback market and the type of compensation the Jets are looking for, the power pendulum has swung in their favor in Darrelle Revis negotiations, whether for a trade or a new contract with the star cornerback. Darrelle Revis won’t be getting the kind of money he wants and the Buccaneers are the ones who need to get a deal done now as the Jets can afford to wait. A short time ago it seemed like the Jets were the ones who needed to get this trade done, but patience by John Idzik has paid off.
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