Everyone knows that taxes are due on the 15th (or so) of April every year. Some people get their taxes done early, and some put it off until the end. It’s often the people who have the most to gain or lose who put the filing of their taxes off until the end, because they want to be sure everything is prepared properly.
For the Buccaneers, the back office will be dealing with Tax Day at the same time the front office deals with Revis Day.
The Tampa Bay Times (via ESPN New York) has reported that the Buccaneers have set a deadline of April 18th to make a trade for cornerback Darrelle Revis. The report also reiterates the claim we’ve heard a million times already, that the Jets (for whatever reason) want the Bucs’ 2013 first round draft pick for Revis.
This deadline is certainly interesting, as it supports our idea that the Buccaneers would not wait until they were on the clock to make the deal. Setting a deadline before the draft gets underway keeps leverage in their hands, as the Jets may miss out on the player they want at 13, and choose not to take the pick for the Buccaneers. As we’ve seen all offseason with mock drafts, there is no standout player at the 13th pick, so the Jets’ obsession with the pick is certainly odd.
The deadline also gives information-hungry Buccaneer fans a better idea as to when this circus will come to the grand finale. Both sides have a clear interest and a clear need, so the fact a deal hasn’t been done yet is due to one side (likely the Jets) holding out for more than is currently on the table.
Props to the Buccaneers for not caving to the New York team’s demands, and it will be interesting to see what the final terms of the deal are. But just as Rich Cimini said in the article cited above:
Prediction: This trade will happen. There’s too much motivation on each side for it not to happen.
Count on it, folks. Revis is going to wear red and pewter next year. The question is, what will the Buccaneers give up to get him, and will he be healthy enough to return to his All-Pro form.