By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets in exchange for their first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional selection in the 2014 NFL Draft Sunday. In addition, the Bucs and Revis have agreed to terms on a six-year contract, reportedly, worth $96 million.
According to the reported source, the base salary per season is for $13 million, with $3 million in bonuses, equaling $16 million per year.
Selected by the Jets in the first round (14th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, Revis has started all 79 games in which he played. The 5-11, 198-pound defensive back tallied 325 tackles, 102 passes defensed, 19 interceptions, with three returned for touchdowns, one sack, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries for his career. In postseason play, Revis recorded with 23 tackles, five passes defensed and two interceptions in six starts.
Compared to the Hall of Famers before him in Darrell Green and Deion Sanders, Revis has been coined as a shutdown corner, earning the phrase “Revis’ Island.” Revis, literally, either shutdown or disrupted each of the game’s top receivers, which he faced.
Revis is a four-time Pro Bowler and received consecutive selections following the 2008-11 seasons. He also received AP All-Pro honors for three consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2011.
In 2009, Revis earned AFC Defensive Player of the Year and was runner-up for AP Defensive Player of the Year following a notable year in which he recorded 72 tackles, 34 passes defensed and six interceptions – tied for the most interceptions by any AFC cornerback.
While being a Jet, Revis anchored a secondary that developed into one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. In the period from 2007-12, the Jets ranked first in completion percentage allowed, second in passing yards allowed, second in passing touchdowns allowed and fourth in opponent passer rating.
The All-Pro cornerback from the University of Pittsburgh tore his ACL in his left knee last September, and the Bucs received confirmation last week that Revis was healthy when surgeon Russ Warren reported that the cornerback can start running with no restriction.
Revis will be introduced at a press conference on Monday.
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