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What a trade of Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay means for Patriots

04.21.13 at 11:35 am ET
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It appears that Darrelle Revis could be headed to Tampa Bay. (AP)

The much-discussed trade that would send cornerback Darrelle Revis from the Jets to Tampa Bay appeared to take another step closer to reality on Sunday, as several reports indicated that New York is allowing the Pro Bowl corner to go to Tampa to take a physical –which could certainly be taken as a precursor to a trade.

(UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Revis’ agent has Tweeted the news that the trade to Tampa Bay has become official.)

So what does that mean for the Patriots? The prospect of not having to face Revis twice a year certainly has to be appetizing for the New England passing game. When he was healthy, Revis was a major part of the defensive success that New York had enjoyed over the last five seasons — an elite, lockdown corner who could close off one half of the field, he was able to change the game and allow the Jets to do things defensively they couldn’t do before he arrived. Some of the best individual matchups I’ve seen over the last four seasons involved Revis against either Randy Moss or Wes Welker. Great talents always trying to one up each other. Now, guys like Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and (to some extent) Aaron Hernandez should celebrate the prospect of not having to face Revis twice a year as a division rival.

(One ironic thing, as far as the Patriots are concerned — they finally have Revis out of their division … but if the trade to Tampa Bay does go through, they’ll still have to face him in 2013, as New England will host the Bucs on Sept. 22.)

Three thoughts, as far as the Jets are concerned: one, while it remains to be seen how much they will get back in return, this deal appears to make sense in the sense that even coming off a season-ending knee injury, Revis remains their most tradeable chip. Two, while it’s not anywhere in the vicinity of the albatross that is the Mark Sanchez contract, it’s more money coming off their books, and gives New York a little more financial freedom and more flexibility when it comes to rebuilding. And three, good or bad — even if he’s not the one pulling the trigger here — this deal will certainly come to define new Jets GM John Idzik. This will either mark the start of the turnaround in New York and the road back to respectability, or the beginning of the end of his tenure.

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