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Darrelle Revis Trade: Tampa Bay Buccaneers First 2013 NFL Draft Pick in Play

March 18th, 2013 at 8:15 PM
By Donald Lappe

It was previously reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were firmly against trading their first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft in exchange for Darrelle Revis. Apparently that is no longer true. A report from the NFL Owners Meetings claims that the Buccaneers aren't set against moving their No. 13 overall selection in a trade for superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis. That was thought to be the major obstacle between the two teams to this point in negotiations.

'New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan greets Darrelle Revis' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The New York Jets may be getting closer to completing a Darrelle Revis trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The major point of contention in negotiations with the Buccaneers was thought to be the unwillingness of Tampa Bay to send back their first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, No. 13 overall. That would give the Jets two choices in the first 13 picks this year and would be a great opportunity to accelerate the rebuilding process.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported today that general manager Mark Dominik and the Bucs front office aren't ruling out including their first round pick in a trade for Darrelle Revis. Tampa Bay isn't concerned about the ACL injury that Darrelle Revis suffered in 2012. As Mark Dominik told Stroud today at the NFL Owners Meetings:

"I’m not going to sit there and be bull-headed and not think, “what’s the best thing for the team going forward?” That’s the only way you can build it right."

For the Buccaneers, a team looking to win now with some big-time free agent signings like safety Dashon Goldson, adding Darrelle Revis would be more helpful than waiting to see what falls to No. 13. Dee Milliner of Alabama won't be available, meaning that there won't be a player on the board anywhere near the ability of Darrelle Revis that can help them this season.

Of course, for any deal to get the done the Buccaneers would likely have to negotiate an extension with Darrelle Revis first. We all know how that can go. Stroud also seems to believe that a deal still won't happen for a few weeks, despite a major hurdle possibly being cleared with this news.

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Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Alabama, Darrelle Revis, Darrelle Revis trade, Dee Milliner, Football, Mark Dominik, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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