Revis Island Headed South

Darrelle Revis(Editor’s Note: Sorry for the lateness of this article. I had to cover the NASCAR race in Kansas yesterday, and got home about three hours before I had to be at work. Thanks to everyone at PFC that was on top of this!)

By PFC Bucs Blogger Jamie Kiefer

It’s the inevitable deal that finally went down.

Revis Island is headed south.

Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially acquired Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets for their 2013 first round draft pick, and a conditional draft pick last year (right now a fourth rounder, but could move up to a third rounder). Once the trade was completed, the Bucs signed Revis to a 6-year, $96 million deal, making him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history. One fun fact: this deal includes no guaranteed money.

Revis will be formally introduced as the newest member of the Buccaneers at a noon press conference today.

Another important thing to point out is that Revis passed his physical before the deal was done. If you remember, he tore his ACL last season, but seems to be on progress to play Week 1 for the Bucs, against, ironically enough, the Jets.

This has to be a win-win situation for both teams. The Bucs secondary ranked among the worst in just about every category this past season. They’ve already acquired Dashon Goldson. Now they’ve added probably the best shutdown corner in the league in Revis. Add in the young sensation that is Mark Barron, and this secondary is looking good for the next few years, providing Revis can avoid being a prima donna.

Now there’s the question of whether Ronde Barber will return. With the immense approval to this defense, I find it hard to believe that he’s not itching to get back on the field. Plus, draft day is just a few days away. Only time will tell how this deal works out.