In exchange for less compensation, Profootballtalk’s Mike Florio reports the New York Jets may somehow manage to unload elite cornerback Darrelle Revis and atrocious quarterback Mark Sanchez on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to April 25.
The 26-year-old Sanchez, who the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan handpicked with the fifth overall selection in 2009 out of the University of Southern California (USC), would try to overtake incumbent field general Josh Freeman.
In 62 career starts, the shopworn Trojan has connected on a porous 55.1 percent of his passes worth 68 touchdowns, against 69 picks, and 12,092 yards.
Ignoring Sanchez’s hideous struggles, the Jets bizarrely gave their erratic signal-caller a three-year extension worth $40.5 million through the 2016 season last March.
Unfortunately for Jets fans, despite Tampa Bay’s ample loot, the Buccaneers would never gamble and waste money on Sanchez.
However, the 27-year-old Revis will receive a massive extension and lure Tampa Bay into surrendering their 13th pick.
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 autumn.
Hence, New York now has very little leverage while shopping the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
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.”
Sadly, although Woody Johnson and John Idzik will remove “Revis Island” from its current location off Exit 16W, Mark Sanchez will remain under center in Gotham in 2013.by