Everyone following the NFL knew the trade would happen. Finally, Darrelle Revis is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I do not think there was any doubt that he would not begin the season as a member of the New York Jets. This is a story about two franchises seemingly headed in very different directions.
Tampa Bay has spent the offseason attempting to turn a glaring weakness into perhaps their greatest strength. The defensive secondary was bad last season. How bad? Try dead last in passing defense in the entire NFL. Something had to change.
Signing Dashon Goldson was a good start, teaming him with 2012 draft pick Mark Barron solidified the safety position. Trading for Revis may make Tampa’s secondary one of the best in the league. Even better they didn’t spend much, first round pick this year and a 3rd or a 4th rounder next year. That is a steal. They would have used that first round pick on an untested corner in the draft, so much better to take Revis considered by many the best corner in the league. The cherry on top of all of this is the contract. Revis signed a six-year $96 million dollar contract with no guaranteed money. It is basically a series of one year contracts, if he doesn’t recover from his injury or his play declines the Bucs can walk away without any cap hit. Fantastic deal for the best player at his position.
The New York Jets are an entire other story. This team is coming off a disappointing season with a new general manager in John Idzik, what is his first major move? Trade the best player on the team. They have no quarterback, no star players; they may be the worst team in football on paper. The Jets do have two first round draft picks but very little else to speak of.
Everything done in New York this offseason has been questionable. Head coach Rex Ryan is coaching for his job and Idzik does not seem to want to help him out. The moves made during this offseason seem to be intended to shed salary and set things up for a big offseason in 2014. That may be good news for the Jets moving forward, but for Rex Ryan it may just be writing on the wall.
The Buccaneers have set themselves up for a promising future; the Jets on the other hand do not look like they have one.