TAMPA BAY - Darrelle Revis is a Buccaneer. Finally.
After weeks of speculation, rumors and negotiations, the Bucs and New York Jets made a trade Sunday afternoon that brought the much-celebrated All-Pro cornerback to Tampa Bay.
The Jets gave Revis, who is recovering from an ACL tear, the go-ahead early in the day to come to Tampa for a physical and to negotiate a potential new contract with the Bucs. He arrived in the mid-afternoon, and walked into One Buc Place with Greg Schiano around 3 PM.
After passing his physical, Revis and the Bucs agreed to a six-year deal worth $96 million, making him the highest-paid defensive back in the history of the NFL. It also matches him with Buffalo's Mario Williams for the biggest salary for any defensive player in the league. However, none of the money is guaranteed, which protects the Bucs in case his injury is a bigger problem than they thought.
According to reports, each year of the deal is identical with $13 million in base salary and $3 million in roster and workout bonuses ($1.5 million for each).
In return for the Revis, the Buccaneers sent to the Jets their first round draft pick in Thursday's NFL Draft--13th overall--as well as either a third or fourth round pick in next year's, depending on whether Revis is on the Bucs' active roster on the third day of the league year.
Revis was a first round pick--14th overall--in the 2007 draft by the Jets, out of the University of Pittsburgh, where he was twice All-Big East. In his six seasons in New York, he had 19 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. He's been selected to the Pro Bowl four times, and was an All-Pro three straight years, from 2009-11. He was also the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
Revis will be introduced as the newest member of the Buccaneers on Monday in a press conference at noon at One Buc Place.