The New York Jets on Sunday traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick in Thursday night's draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014 that could become a 3rd-round pick, per sources close to the Pro-Bowl cornerback. Next year's conditional fourth-round pick could become a third based on certain conditions, per sources. Revis signed a six-year, $96 million extension that includes no guaranteed money but makes him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history and one of the two highest-paid defensive players along with Mario Williams, per sources. The new contract replaces his former contract. Revis will not be released before this season, meaning he is assured of making this season's base salary, but his contract includes none of the money that the NFL refers to as "guaranteed" money. Tampa Bay would be able to release Revis before any season without incurring any salary-cap charge. The final obstacle to the deal was completed Sunday, when Revis flew on a private plane from New Jersey to Tampa to undergo a physical that included a comprehensive checkup on his knee. He passed it, making the trade official. The three sides -- the Jets, Buccaneers and Revis -- spent the weekend hammering out their respective agreements. The Jets are now satisfied with the two picks they would receive from the Buccaneers, giving New York the ninth and 13th picks Thursday night. Revis is happy with the new contract he will receive from the Buccaneers. Plus, with no state income tax in Florida, Revis now will pay less in state tax from the Buccaneers than the $538,200 he would have had he remained with the Jets on his $6 million base salary in New Jersey this season. And Tampa Bay is pleased to acquire the league's top cornerback to upgrade its pass defense and to match up against division rivals such as Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. As if that weren't enough drama, there's more ahead. In week one, Revis' Buccaneers will open against his former team, the Jets. Also, in week nine, in another scheduling quirk, Revis' Bucs play in Seattle at Richard Sherman's Seahawks as the two cornerbacks have traded verbal barbs and tweets this offseason. Meanwhile, New York is positioning itself well for the 2014, when the Jets are expected to receive four compensatory picks to go along with the Buccaneers' likely third-round choice, meaning the Jets will have a bounty of picks to try to turn around their roster. And they will do it with added salary-cap space, too. Revis will count $12 million against the Jets cap this season but nothing in 2014, when New York will be primed with a great chance to upgrade itself its talent. Revis is only six months removed from ACL knee surgery and was cleared to run without restriction only last Monday. The Bucs, determined to improve their league-worst pass defense, will have added two impact players to their secondary in safety Dashon Goldson and Revis, widely regarded as the best corner in the league.
Jets officially trade Darrelle Revis to Bucs
ESPN | Apr 21