New York Jets trade Revis to Tampa Bay

April 21, 2013

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acquired All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets in exchange for their first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Buccaneers and Revis also have agreed to terms on a six-year contract.

The move is a bit of a gamble for the Bucs because Revis will be returning from major knee surgery for a torn ACL.

Still, paying the steep price of a first round pick could prove to be a bargain if Revis can regain his form as an elite shutdown corner.

While with New York, Revis anchored a secondary that developed into one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. In the period from 2007-12, the Jets ranked first in completion percentage allowed, second in passing yards allowed, second in passing touchdowns allowed, and fourth in opponent passer rating.

Much of the Jets' defensive success was predicated on Revis' ability to lock up the opposing team's top wideout one-on-one, leading to his nickname "Revis Island."

Selected by the Jets in the first round (14th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, Revis put up career totals of 325 tackles, 102 passes defensed, 19 interceptions, with three returned for touchdowns, one sack, three forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.

In 2009, Revis earned AFC Defensive Player of the Year and was runner-up for AP Defensive Player of the Year following a notable year in which he recorded 72 tackles, 34 passes defensed, and six interceptions. Revis is a four-time Pro Bowler, receiving consecutive selections following the 2008-11 seasons. He also received AP All-Pro honors for three consecutive seasons, 2009-11.

Over time, however, Revis' relationship with the Jets' brass deteriorated, as a nasty contract holdout, injuries, and a drop in team performance soured things.

Revis will be introduced at a press conference on Monday, April 22, at 12 noon ET.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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