The 27-year-old Revis, who the Jets selected out of the University of Pittsburgh with the 14th overall choice in the 2007 draft, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last September against the Dolphins in Miami.
Considering the magnitude of Revis’ injury, it’s entirely understandable that the Bucs want to thoroughly examine the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year before surrendering their 13th pick in the draft and negotiating a massive contract extension.
Revis, who is looking to surpass the six-year, $96 million deal defensive end Mario Williams inked with the Buffalo Bills in March 2012, should earn roughly $6 million this season.
Hence, New York now has very little leverage while shopping the former Panther.
When healthy, Revis, a three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler, is a truly tremendous ballplayer whose incredible pass protection skills prevent offenses from functioning properly.
Ryan’s aggressive, and unpredictable, defensive schemes and blitz packages are predicated off blanket coverage in the secondary and nobody can stifle a wide receiver like Revis.
Regardless, taking into account Revis’ piggish history, and the massive rebuilding project facing Green Green, Johnson and Idzik are wise to ship the gimpy standout from the swamps of Jersey.
At a minimum, the Jets are a couple of campaigns away from contending and in 2015 Revis would be a 30-year-old athlete playing a collision sport with a reconstructed knee.
Comparatively, coming off a 7-9 record in the NFC South, Revis is the type of superstar that could help propel the Bucs to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
If entirely healed, Darrelle Revis will flourish competing at Raymond James Stadium and ignite the “Cigar City.”
Either way, with or without the Bucs as a partner, Woody Johnson and John Idzik will manage to remove “Revis Island” from its current location off Exit 16W for solid compensation.by