The New York Jets have agreed to give up a game-changing (if fully healthy defensive player to a team that showed last season that it desperately needed one.
Let’s run through the key stats to know on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers significant acquisition-to-be -- cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis is a four-time Pro Bowl selection who was selected AP All-NFL first team three years in a row from 2009 to 2011.
DB Selected to Pro Bowl
Each Season from 2008-11
Revis’ individual numbers might not impress (his 19 interceptions since his rookie season in 2007 are tied for 13th-most in the NFL), but the Jets numbers when he is on the field are much better than when he is not.
In the last two seasons, the Jets defense allowed 15 touchdown passes but had 23 interceptions in the 1,066 plays with Revis on the field.
With him off the field (945 plays), they allowed 20 touchdown passes and had only seven picks.
Why the Buccaneers need Revis
There are many reasons why the Buccaneers would have a need for Revis. To run through a few:
The Buccaneers allowed the second-most passing yards per game for a season in NFL history (297.4).
More than that, they allowed 203.7 yards per game specifically to opposing wide receivers last season- most in the NFL.
The Buccaneers secondary repeatedly got burned deep last season, yielding 15 completions on throws traveling more than 30 yards in the air that were outside the painted numbers (in other words, plays a cornerback should handle). Only one team (the New York Giants) allowed more than that.
This has been a two-year decline for Tampa Bay’s defense. Opposing quarterbacks have a 65.7 Total QBR against them in that span. The only team whose pass defense rates worse is the Minnesota Vikings (67.4).
The value of the draft picks
If the trade goes through, the Jets go into the 2013 NFL Draft with 2 1st-Round picks, their own No. 9 and the Buccaneers’ No. 13
The last time they had two of the first 13 picks of the draft was 2000, when they picked two very good defensive players-- Shaun Ellis 12th and John Abraham 13th. That was one of the franchise’s best drafts, one that also netted them quarterback Chad Pennington with the 18th pick and tight end Anthony Becht with the 27th pick.
Revis is the fourth veteran defensive player traded for a first-round pick in the last 10 years. The draft picks in each of those trades (in which the players given up were John Abraham, Jared Allen, and Richard Seymour) netted a good return. When the Jets dealt Abraham in a three-team deal to the Atlanta Falcons, it got them back center Nick Mangold.
They’ll meet again…
As luck would have it, the Jets and Buccaneers are scheduled to meet in Week 1 in New York.
The Jets are 6-0 in home games against the Buccaneers and have outscored them 189-70.