The term “blockbuster trade” might get thrown around a little too often in sports, but any trade involving arguably the best player at a particular position is usually worthy of the blockbuster tag. So, let’s go ahead and call this one a blockbuster.
After trying to put together a deal all offseason, the New York Jets finally completed their blockbuster trade involving top-rated cornerback Darrelle Revis, who they sent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week in exchange for two draft picks, including the 13th overall pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.
After arriving in Tampa, Revis signed a six-year deal worth $96 million and the Buccaneers couldn’t have been more ecstatic to land one of the NFL’s best defensive players.
“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, according to ESPN.com.
The Bucs obviously got what they wanted, but did the Jets get enough for their best player? While many will say no, there’s no question that the Jets are in rebuilding mode and maybe focusing on drafting top offensive stars will be a good direction for the franchise. Still, trading away the one good thing New York had will be a tough sell to Jets Nation.
However, the Jets’ organization made some good points when explaining the trade, citing Revis’ recent knee injury from last year as a concern and they said at the end of the day they simply couldn’t agree on a deal, so it was time for Revis to go elsewhere.
“It became quite evident to us that there is a substantial difference between Darrelle’s view of his value and ours,” Jets GM John Idzik said Sunday. “We felt there would have to be a significant change on either side in order to create a path toward reaching an agreeable deal for either side.”
While the Jets will be content with their picks and many are speculating they may be eyeing a quarterback in this year’s draft, the Buccaneers instantly bolstered a defense, particularly a secondary, that was one of the worst in the NFL last season. The deal is certainly a game changer, or even bigger, a team changer for the Bucs.
We didn’t have particularly high expectations for the Jets this season and those expectations have dropped even a little bit lower after seeing them trade away their best defensive player. The Jets will still have a decent defense, but it’s the offense that needs to get better and as our own Marc U. points out, the draft is often a gamble, especially when trying to find the perfect quarterback.
Meanwhile, the Jets may have considered resigning Revis to be a gamble, but the Bucs obviously didn’t. We know what Revis can do, we’re just not entirely sure if he will be healthy, though, the Bucs seem pretty confident.
“We have no concerns about Darrelle Revis’ physical condition,” a Bucs senior team official told ESPN. “He will be out there the first day of training camp and ready to go Week 1.”
So, if we have to declare a winner of this trade right now, it would probably be the Bucs. Of course, we may not know who the real winner is for several years. We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out.