Monday, April 22, 2013
Around the NFC West: Revis on schedules
By Mike Sando
Good morning, NFC West. We're down to three days before the 2013 NFL draft, but the veteran trade market has proved more compelling this offseason, in my view.
Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin and Carson Palmer were key additions here in the NFC West.
The Darrelle Revis trade from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reverberated through the AFC East and NFC South on Sunday. We'll feel some aftershocks around here now that Revis, if healthy, will face every team in the NFC West. Revis would not have faced NFC West teams had he remained with the Jets.
The Arizona Cardinals visit Tampa Bay in Week 4, a chance for Revis to match up with Larry Fitzgerald (while Patrick Peterson matches up with Vincent Jackson).
The Seattle Seahawks are home against Tampa Bay in Week 9, which will refocus attention on the back-and-forth between Revis and Richard Sherman earlier this offseason.
The San Francisco 49ers visit Tampa Bay in Week 15. The Bucs visit St. Louis in Week 16.
The Jets ideally would have kept Revis. Their salary-cap situation is a mess, however. Reports have suggested Jets ownership preferred trading Revis to paying him. True or not, perception seemed to become reality, affecting the relationship between Revis and the Jets. In the end, the Jets recouped some value for an injured player who appeared likely to depart in another year anyway.
Tampa Bay should feel excited after adding a potentially great player. However, the Jets and Bucs will succeed or fail based on their quarterbacks, not their cornerbacks.