After much speculation, Darrelle Revis is headed to Tampa Bay after all.
Darrelle Revis has agreed to a six-year, $96 million contract as part of Sunday's trade that sends the cornerback from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Yahoo! Sports has learned. Tampa Bay, which didn't include any guaranteed money in Revis' contract, sent its 2013 first-round draft pick (No. 13 overall) and a conditional 2014 pick that could become a third- or fourth-rounder.
Revis flew a private jet Sunday morning to fly to Tampa Bay for an official physical, although the Buccaneers' medical staff was already aware of the results of an MRI exam Revis took April 15 when he returned to the Jets’ offseason program.
The Jets gave Revis permission to visit the Buccaneers on Sunday morning after reaching an agreement with Tampa Bay on the trade portion of the transaction.
Revis was successful in landing a deal in line with what non-quarterbacks such as defensive end Mario Williams (six years, $96 million) and wide receivers Calvin Johnson (eight years, $132 million) and Larry Fitzgerald (eight years, $113 million) have received.
The Jets were in a bind for two reasons. First, owner Woody Johnson was not interested in paying Revis what he wants. Second, Revis couldn’t be franchised after the 2013 season, when he could have opted out of the final two years of his contract.
Tampa Bay, which won a Super Bowl two years after making a similarly splashy trade to get Keyshawn Johnson from the Jets in 2000, had both the salary-cap space (the team was $28 million under the cap) and the experience with agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod. The Bucs signed wide receiver Vincent Jackson to a five-year, $55.5 million deal last season. Jackson and Revis are represented by Schwartz and Feinsod.
The teams had been working on the trade since the NFL scouting combine in February.
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