With the Tampa Bay Bucs desperately looking to offload Darrelle Revis, a potential suitor may be Bill Belicheck and the New England Patriots, sending shock waves throughout the AFC East, most notably with Revis’ former team, the Rex Ryan lead New York Jets.
According to the USA Today:
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were working frantically on Monday night to trade the expensive all-pro cornerback, and a person with knowledge of the situation told USA Today Sports that the team was in discussion with several potential suitors.”
And if a report on CBS Boston is true, the Patriots would be Revis’ top choice. In a tweet from CBS Boston reporter Jason La Canfora, the Darrelle Revis to Patriots deal could happen any moment:
Patriots in a strong position to land Revis now, especially after Talib's deal. Revis wants to be there. Will only take a 5th round pick
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
If Revis were to be traded to the New England Patriots, this would come as a huge blow to the team that Darrelle used to call home: The New York Jets. And while the Rex Ryan lead Jets used the pick they got from Tampa Bay last year to secure last year’s rookie of the year Sheldon Richardson, the last thing they want is to face a motivated Revis twice a season.
Another possibility however, may be a New York Jets/Darrelle Revis reunion. According to a report quoting an unnamed NFL source on the NY Daily News web site, “Darrelle would love to play again for the Jets and Rex.” Assuming the two sides could bury the hatchet if Tampa Bay ultimately releases Darrelle and he becomes a free agent once again, the Jets could use Revis’ help considering they let go of their top cornerback Antonio Cromartie last week. And keeping Revis from landing with the Patriots would be an added bonus.
Aside from cornerback, The New York Jets also figure to be big players in this year’s free agent class with a large amount of cap space available to spend. One need is at the backup quarterback position and the name that has been attached to their wish list is none other than former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. According to the NY Daily News, this type of union makes sense for both sides:
“Vick, who will turn 34 this summer, is the best option for Rex Ryan’s team for [a] myriad [of] reasons. He is humbled, mature and everything the Jets need to help push Geno Smith, their young quarterback with so much promise.”
But would the New York Jets fan base rush to embrace a Michael Vick partnership? Or would they rather just keep Darrelle Revis from joining the Patriots.