New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis wants to remain with the team, but should he be traded, it may not be to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The injured Revis and the Jets are not seeing eye to eye on his next contract, and he reportedly wants $16 million a season.
That’s a hefty price for a New York team that only has about $12 million in salary cap space for next season, so the Jets reportedly spoke to several teams during the NFL Combine in February about a trade.
One of the teams that had the amount of cap space necessary to sign Revis, and were in need of a top cornerback, was Tampa Bay. But according to Ian Rapport of NFL.com via Twitter on Friday, Revis is "not optimistic" about a trade to the Buccaneers.
The 27-year-old also reportedly would like to stay in New York.
The exact reasons why a trade to Tampa Bay won’t happen were not explained. With more than $29 million in salary cap space this season, and a last place pass defense, the Buccaneers are certainly in need and can afford top-flight talent in their secondary.
One reported Tampa Bay-New York offer would send the Buccaneers 2014 first and second round picks to the Jets. However new Jets general manager John Idzik reportedly wanted picks in 2013. Tampa Bay has the No. 13 overall pick in this year’s draft.
A torn anterior cruciate ligament limited the man known as “Revis Island” to two games last season, and teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons were reportedly hesitant to pull the trigger on a trade before seeing how well he has recovered from surgery.
Since the initial reports back in February and March, San Francisco recently signed Nnamdi Asomugha to a one-year deal after he was released by Philadelphia, and Atlanta inked safety William Moore.
Both moves could mean the teams have moved on from any Revis trade talk. However, San Francisco has 11 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, and could make the best immediate offer for a Jets team trying to rebuild.
Revis signed a four-year, $46 million extension in 2010 after a protracted and highly publicized holdout during training camp that was aired by HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
He will be a free agent after next season, and the Jets would rather trade him now and get assets back in return, than watch him leave to a rival like the New England Patriots.