Tampa Bay acquired superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis in a trade with the New York Jets, who will get two draft picks — including the No. 13 selection in the first round Thursday.
TAMPA, Fla. — Revis Island is relocating to Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers made a bold move to fix the league’s worst pass defense Sunday, acquiring superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this week’s draft and another selection next year.
“We’re thrilled. It’s rare that you get a chance to add a player of this caliber to your football team. That’s what motivated us,” Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said.
Bucs officials announced the deal Sunday, saying the 27-year-old Revis agreed to a new six-year contract.
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Revis’ agents, Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod, confirmed the deal is worth $96 million, with no guaranteed money.
The contract makes Revis, a three-time All-Pro, among the highest-paid defensive players in the league; it includes $1.5 million annually in both roster and workout bonuses.
The Jets receive a conditional fourth-round pick in next year’s draft that will become a third-round selection if Revis, who is coming off a torn ligament in his left knee, is on the Buccaneers’ roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.
“I been sitting around for the last hour trying to figure out what to say to the Jet Nation & I came up with this,” Revis wrote on Twitter. “The six years I played for the New York Jets were unbelievable. I put my body on the line everyday & did everything could to help the team win. I experienced a lot & & learned a lot. The memories I had in New York I will keep dearly to my heart.
“I want to thank all the jets fans for making me feel welcome.”
The trade was completed about two hours after Revis arrived in Tampa by private jet to take a physical for the Bucs.
Trade talk involving Revis had been swirling for months, with the Bucs thought all along to be the most serious suitor. In addition to having a leaky secondary, Tampa Bay was more than $32 million under the salary cap.
New Jets general manager John Idzik — a former Seahawks executive — said during a conference call New York wasn’t proactively shopping Revis, but Tampa Bay showed “sincere and sustained” interest.
Idzik said multiple factors went into the decision to trade Revis, a player Jets coach Rex Ryan reiterated Sunday is “the best cornerback in football.” Barriers included Jets and Revis’ representatives being far apart on a long-term extension, the time factor with the draft starting Thursday and the “degree of uncertainty” regarding Revis’ health.
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