Darrelle Revis traded to Buccaneers, has new deal

Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis agreed to a new six-year contract that makes him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL.

TAMPA — Revis Island is relocating to Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers on Sunday made a bold move to fix the NFL’s worst pass defense, acquiring star cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets for the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft and a 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,’’ general manager Mark Dominik said.


The Bucs announced the deal, saying Revis agreed to a new six-year contract. Revis’s agents, Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod, confirmed the deal is worth $96 million, with no guaranteed money, but makes him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL. It includes $1.5 million annually in both roster and workout bonuses.

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The Jets will receive a conditional fourth-round pick in next year’s draft that will become a third-rounder 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.

‘‘The six years I played for the New York Jets were unbelievable,” Revis tweeted. “I put my body on the line everyday & did everything I 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, who wanted to check out his surgically repaired knee.

Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano drove his car onto the tarmac to meet the plane, greeted Revis, and whisked the cornerback away to One Buccaneer Place. Soon after, the front page of the Buccaneers’ official website posted a big picture of Revis in what appears to be a Tampa Bay jersey with the words: ‘‘Treasure Island. Darrelle Revis (CB). It’s a Bucs Life.’’


Tampa Bay opens the season at — that’s right — the Jets.

Trade talk had been swirling for months involving Revis, 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 before landing a player generally regarded as the best cornerback in football.

New Jets GM John Idzik said New York wasn’t proactively shopping Revis, but Tampa Bay had ‘‘sincere and sustained’’ interest. Idzik insisted Revis’s desire was to remain a member of the Jets and that the team shared that feeling, but ‘‘we ultimately came to the conclusion,’’ Idzik said, ‘‘that this was the best thing to do for the Jets at this time.’’

Idzik added that there were several factors that went into the decision to trade Revis, who coach Rex Ryan reiterated Sunday is ‘‘the best cornerback in football.’’ The barriers included the Jets and Revis’s agents being far apart on a long-term extension, the time factor with the draft coming up, and the ‘‘degree of uncertainty’’ regarding the cornerback’s health.

‘‘Fitting a deal of historical proportions into our short-term and long-term plans is very difficult,’’ Idzik said.


The Jets currently have the ninth overall pick in the draft that starts Thursday, and now the 13th pick, so Idzik will be busy early in the first round.

The 27-year-old Revis was entering the last season of a four-year contract he signed in 2010, but was looking to become 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.

As the Jets weighed whether to try to sign him to an 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.

‘‘It became quite evident to us that there was a substantial difference between Darrelle’s view of his value and ours,’’ Idzik said.