Darrelle Revis has been traded to the Buccaneers (Getty Images)
The New York Jets have agreed to a trade that will send four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for multiple draft picks, including the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
The deal, which also includes a conditional fourth-round pick (which can become a third-round pick) in the 2014 draft, was contingent upon Revis passing a physical with the Buccaneers' medical staff, which took place on Sunday afternoon.
Revis has agreed to terms on a six-year, $96 million contract that includes no guaranteed money. Revis was entering the final season of a four-year, $46 million contract and is scheduled to earn $6 million in 2013, including a $3 million base salary, a $1 million bonus for completing the offseason workout program and a $1 million roster bonus for reporting to training camp.
Revis earned a $1 million roster bonus on the 5th day of the 2013 league year, but Cimini reports that the Buccaneers would assume payment of that amount.
Revis, 27, has 19 interceptions, including three he's returned for touchdowns, with 98 passes defensed during his six-year career, which began as the No. 14 overall pick of the 2007 NFL draft. Revis' streak of four consecutive Pro Bowls and three All-Pro nods came to an end in 2012 when a torn ACL in his left knee limited him to just two games.
Revis had his left knee checked out and cleared by the Jets when he reported for the start of the team's offseason program on April 15. The Buccaneers' medical staff is expected to find that Revis is far enough along in his recovery from last year's surgery to green-light a trade, which should be finalized on Sunday night and become official when the league release's its internal personnel notice on Monday afternoon.
Once official, Revis will be the second, but largest addition to the secondary of a Buccaneers defense that ranked 32nd against the pass last season. The Buccaneers signed two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson to a five-year, $41.25 million contract that included $19 million in guaranteed money on March 14. Goldson will team with 2012 first-round pick Mark Barron to solidify the back-end, while Revis will start opposite Eric Wright, who recently took a $6.25 million pay cut to remain with the Buccaneers after the guarantees on his $7.75 million base salary voided with his 2012 suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
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