- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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However, Rich Cimini's report Sunday of Revis traveling to meet and take a physical with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the best sign yet that the Jets are serious about completing a trade before Thursday's NFL draft.
New York got a look at Revis last week during the start of offseason workouts. The team was pleased with his progress and expects the Buccaneers to feel the same. A successful meeting and physical will lay the foundation for serious trade talks over the next few days.
The Jets are on the clock and must move Revis by Thursday night.
Tampa Bay has the No. 13 overall pick, and the Jets need all the help they can get now. Two first-round picks (No. 9 and No. 13) in this year's draft would be a great start for their rebuild under first year general manager John Idzik. If New York cannot complete a trade by Thursday, the best the team can do is get draft picks for 2014. That doesn't do the Jets or head coach Rex Ryan any good for this upcoming season.
Keeping Revis doesn't make sense for the Jets. He will become an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and New York, with its tight salary cap, cannot afford to keep Revis after this season. If Revis played out the year, he would essentially be a lame duck player unlikely to return. The Jets are not going to make the playoffs this upcoming season with or without Revis.
The only bad thing about this potential trade is New York would face its best player in Week 1. Revis will be extra motivated to shut down the Jets' passing game at MetLife Stadium, where the legend of "Revis Island" was created. The Jets could be setting themselves up for a 0-1 start. But for the long run, completing this trade will get the Jets headed in the right direction.
Star cornerback Darrelle Revis was not going to suit up for the New York Jets in Week 1. We've known for weeks that both sides were past the point of no return.