As we begin to get details on what ultimately sent Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for a 1st round pick and a 4th round pick (turns into a 3rd round pick if Revis sticks with the Bucs), we're gaining enough information to conclude whether the Bucs won, the Jets won, or a bit of both.
Last week, trade talks between the Bucs and the Jets seemed to cool. The Jets seemed to be under the impression, or delusion, that other teams were interested in trading for their star cornerback. Those other teams never materialized for the Jets.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the only team ever interested in paying the Jets' high price for Revis. "Per a source with knowledge of the process, it was always Tampa — and only Tampa," Florio wrote.
The Jets' game here is still somewhat unknown. It appeared that the Jets never attempted to make a full effort to secure Revis' services after it appeared he was unhappy with the situation in New York. Revis accepting a contract with no guaranteed money from the Buccaneers seems to confirm that point.
Still, the Jets may have gotten off easy. Being the only team interested in trading for a player the Jets weren't willing to pay, the Buccaneers paid a higher price than I would have thought an injured cornerback would warrant. The good news is that the only risk the Bucs have in he deal is the draft picks they sacrificed to trade for Revis.
We won't know who "won" in this trade for some time; specifically, we won't know until Revis proves himself or falls flat, but at this point, it looks like both teams made moves that were less than ideal for their franchises.
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