Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Jets 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
All-pro cornerback Darrelle Revis agreed to a six-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers worth $96 million, completing the long-rumored trade by the New York Jets on Sunday, according to a person with knowledge of the contract.
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The deal is for $13 million per season in base salary and $3 million in bonuses -- $16 million per season, every season, with the cash and salary-cap value identical, the person said.
The person requested anonymity because terms of the deal have not been made public by the player or the team.
With the new contract, Revis' matches Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams' $16 million average salary as the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL.
Revis' agents tweeted Sunday afternoon that the two sides had reached an agreement, but they did not announce the contract's terms. Shortly after, the Jets announced what the team had received in return, with the draft just four days away.
For Revis -- their best player, but also a guy who has been chronically unhappy with his pay check -- the Jets received the Bucs' first-round pick on Thursday and a third- or fourth-round pick next year.
A fourth-round selection in 2014 becomes a third-rounder if Revis is on the Bucs' roster on the third day of the league year.
With the framework of a trade in place, Revis arrived in Tampa on Sunday for a physical with the Buccaneers, and he was greeted at the airport by head coach Greg Schiano.
In a short time, Revis' surgically-repaired knee had been checked out by the Buccaneers doctors and the two sides had agreed on a new long-term contract -- the reason the Jets had wanted to trade him in the first place. With a roster filled with holes and Revis indicating he wanted to renegotiate, the Jets unloaded him, hoping to use the picks to fill some needs as they build for the future under new general manager John Idzik.
Revis traveled to Tampa when the teams had reached an agreement on compensation.
With the worst-kept secret in NFL history dragging on for weeks, the NFL apparently had bet on the trade being completed: When it announced its 2013 schedule on Thursday night, it scheduled the Jets to host the Buccaneers in Week 1, clearly with an eye toward Revis' making his return to MetLife Stadium to play his first regular-season game against the Jets.
The league is getting its wish, and the lead-up to that game begins now. Revis should not expect a warm welcome from Jets fans, who likely will be angry at the star, who, while playing well, spent his time with the Jets holding out, trying to squeeze the team for more money and/or seemingly trying to orchestrate a trade.
By trading Revis, the Jets will take a $12 million hit against the salary cap. However, he will not count against the cap in 2014, as he would have if he'd left as a free agent following this upcoming season.
Before spending draft picks and investing millions in Revis, Tampa wanted to see if Revis' left ACL, which he tore last September, was healthy well ahead of their being on the clock on Thursday. Revis was cleared by surgeon Russ Warren last week to begin running with no restrictions. Jets general manager John Idzik said a few days later the team was "pleased" with what it had seen so far from Revis.
The Buccaneers, who traded away cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots last year, have made the decision to pursue Revis sight unseen. It was difficult to imagine their doctors and trainers would see something different than the Jets' staff or Warren.
So much for not "actively" shopping Revis, as Jets coach Rex Ryan had claimed. Ryan now faces a huge season for his future with the Jets and has lost the best cornerback in the NFL when healthy.
The move also won't bode well for owner Woody Johnson's approval rating with his fan base, though it's obviously being made with the long-term interests of the team in mind, not just the 2013 season.