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Monday, March 10, 2014
If Revis gets cut, the Jets lose

By Rich Cimini

Looks like our old friend Darrelle Revis will be moving on soon. The news broke Monday night: If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't trade Revis and his $16 million cap charge, they will release him by 4 p.m., ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.

That would be a bad break for the New York Jets.

Per last year's trade agreement, the Jets received a conditional fourth-round pick (2014) that becomes a third-rounder if Revis is on the Bucs' roster for the third day of the league year -- Thursday. As Schefter reports, the Bucs won't wait past 4 p.m. Wednesday because they'd owe him a $1.5 million roster bonus and because they don't want the pick to rise to a third rounder.

There's a fairly significant difference between the Bucs' third-round choice (No. 69 overall) and the fourth-round choice (No. 100). At this point, it's impossible for the Bucs to avoid embarrassment -- this was one of the worst trades in recent memory -- but I suppose a lot of egg on the face is better than a whole lot of egg, so they'll drop him before the bill gets larger.

Talk about an all-time blunder: The Bucs traded a first-round pick (2013) for what looks like a one-and-done player. No wonder they have a new front office this season.

Obvious question: If Revis gets cut, would the Jets be interested? Two things are certain: They have a gaping hole at corner after releasing Antonio Cromartie and Rex Ryan absolutely loves Revis. (At first, he wasn't in favor of trading him.) That said, after the bitter divorce and the years of acrimony between the Jets and Revis' camp, I'd say a reunion is unlikely. I also can't see Revis wanting to go back; he'll go where the money is. The Jets will spend their millions on a younger cornerback, perhaps Alterraun Verner or Vontae Davis. They could have a new starting corner before Revis hits the market.