After watching 19 trades in the first-round of last year’s NFL Draft, the biggest deal to go down in this year’s draft may involve a player who’s already established as one of the best at his position in the NFL. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still working to complete a deal that would send several of this year’s draft picks to the New York Jets for cornerback Darrelle Revis, but as Mike Florio of PFT writes, if a deal is to go down between the Bucs and the Jets, it needs to happen within the next few days, or it may not happen at all:
As one source with knowledge of the negotiations suggested earlier this month, the practical deadline for getting a deal done is Monday, April 22. That would give the Bucs a fair opportunity to inspect the knee.
The biggest question becomes whether the Bucs and Jets would finalize the deal (i.e., each team reports it to the league office) subject to Revis passing a physical, or whether the two teams agree that the physical will happen first, and that the deal will be called in when Revis gets the “all clear” from Tampa’s doctors — and possibly when the Bucs are on the clock with the 13th pick.
As the case is with any significant NFL move, deals of this magnitude tend to get done closer to deadlines, and that goes in line with NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline reporting there’s a 75 percent chance the Jets will trade Revis next week:
For what its worth: source close to the situation told me they feel chances are 75% Darrelle Revis is traded next week…
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 20, 2013
The Jets could make several trades leading up to the draft, as ESPN New York is reporting,there are strong indications they will acquire running back Chris Ivory from the New Orleans Saints.