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Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jets Agree to Trade Compensation for Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers and Revis Agree to Six-Year Contract

If you haven’t heard this news yet, please sit down and prepare to be shocked:

No. Guaranteed. Money. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made another brilliant business move, signing Revis to a very lucrative deal for the cornerback, and incredibly safe for the Buccaneers, allowing them to let him go at any time during the contract. This provides the ultimate injury protection, as there is no salary cap penalty for letting Darrelle Revis go if he fails to live up to his historic contract.

So the money involved is absolutely historic, paying Revis more than almost every player in the NFL besides elite quarterbacks. That shows how important Revis is to a defense, and how big of an impact he can have.  So what did the Buccaneers give up to get Revis?

This is also a brilliant piece of business, as the Buccaneers have traded only the 13th overall selection and a conditional 2014 selection, keeping the remaining 2013 picks in-house to build depth for this important 2013 season with Josh Freeman entering a contract year.

Today has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mark Dominik is settling into his role and putting his trademark on this franchise. These two bits of news show a bold approach to handling a huge trade situation and contract situation. My hat goes off the the Buccaneers’ front office, because this is the best possible result of this trade. Revis has incentive to play hard and earn his paycheck, and the draft picks surrendered are less than most media outlets were reporting.

And just in case you were wanting official news from the team, you have it here:


It’s official, folks, Darrelle Revis is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. The All-Pro cornerback has found a new home in Tampa Bay, and there is real reason to be excited.

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