- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's officially crunch time in the Darrelle Revis trade talks.
With only five days until the draft, the Jets and Bucs still are discussing a blockbuster trade, sources said Saturday night. Things must be getting intense because the principles appear to be on lockdown, with no information emerging from the respective bunkers.
It's a complicated process because it requires more than just the two teams agreeing on trade compensation. The Bucs almost certainly would want to sign Revis to a long-term contract extension, and therefore would need written permission from the Jets to negotiate with his agents. Reaching a deal shouldn't be difficult; there's no way they'd be this far along without a wink-and-a-nod understanding between the Bucs and Revis, whose current deal voids after the season.
Because Revis is six months removed from ACL surgery, the Bucs would want to examine his surgically repaired knee, which could require him flying to Tampa. In other words, this isn't the type of trade that can be thrown together while the first round is ongoing.
The Tampa Bay Times reported last month that the Bucs had set an internal deadline of one week before the draft. Well, that was two days ago. Perhaps not coincidentally, that's when both teams went into bunker mode. Rex Ryan refused to answer any Revis-related questions Thursday night when the regular-season schedule was released, not even in relation to the Jets having to face the Bucs in Week 1 -- a clear indication the trade talks had reached a senstive stage.
The Jets have been dangling their best player in trade talks for the better part of the offseason, and now it comes down to the last few days. The feeling close to the situation is that the trade will happen, perhaps sooner than you might think.