After months and months of speculation, the Jets have finally traded cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The deal is worth $96 million over six years. This deal makes Revis the highest-paid defensive back in the league's history, but he will have no money guaranteed in the deal.
Obviously, this trade will change the league in a big way, but how will the Bucs, Jets, and NFC South division be directly impacted?
First of all, the Buccaneers may have constructed the perfect contract for this situation. Although it looks like he was overpaid, remember there is no money guaranteed.
Either it's a hit, and Tampa Bay locks down Revis long-term, or it's a miss and they cut him with no guaranteed money to deal with. Last year's defensive backfield in Tampa Bay was pretty horrendous, and I see Revis changing that as long as he stays healthy.
Next, let's look at the Jets. Well, they pretty much are rebuilding their team, so it's no surprise this deal happened. They get a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2014 Draft, that could turn into a third-round pick if Revis remains on the Bucs' roster the third day of the 2014 league year.
I say this is a good trade for New York. They have shown signs that a rebuilding period is ahead, and usually dumping your big-name players is a result of that process. To be honest, getting rid of Revis could be good for New York, no matter if they're in a rebuilding period or not.
Revis is just coming off an ACL tear, and isn't very media shy either. Revis can be a distraction, as well as greedy for more money than he may deserve. Getting rid of Revis is just one less problem for the troubled Jets. And hey, maybe whoever they draft with the pick turns out to be a solid player, but I'm just being optimistic.
Last but not least, and maybe most importantly, let's see how this trade effects the NFC South as a whole. The NFC South is consisted of some of the best quarterbacks in the game, including Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton. So maybe now you understand why the Bucs' passing defense was rated last in the league in 2012, giving up 297.4 yards per game.
With Revis in a Buccaneers uniform this season, hopefully that rating will get a little bit better. As long as Revis and the rest of the Bucs' defensive backs are limiting the big plays of the three quarterbacks, they will be forced to run the ball, and none of the teams are stellar in that category. Not to mention the Bucs' running defense was rated first in the league last season, only giving up 82.5 yards per game.
At the end of the day, this trade benefits everyone (except Brees, Ryan, and Newton), but especially Tampa Bay. The Jets get rid of a blabber mouth, and the Bucs snag someone that could make their defense not only feared, but possibly the best in the league.
If the rush defense stays up to par, and Revis works out, you've got the perfect defense right there. Not even thinking about the offense, they've got one of the best backs in the league in Doug Martin, and a lethal combo of Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson in the air.
If Darrelle Revis really does work out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they could be contending for the NFC South title, but the keyword is still if. He isn't necessarily the youngest guy out there, and his speed could have been severely effected by that ACL tear.
Right now, Bucs and NFL fans all around are waiting just to see how good Revis can play after coming off that injury, and it could determine how good Tampa Bay's season will be.