- Associated Press - Sunday, April 21, 2013

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Revis Island is relocating to Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers made a bold move to fix the NFL’s worst pass defense Sunday, acquiring star cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft and another selection next year.

“We’re thrilled. It’s rare that you get a chance to add a player of this caliber to your football team. That’s what motivated us,” general manager Mark Dominik said, adding he would withhold further comment until a Monday news conference at the team’s training facility.

The Bucs announced the deal Sunday, saying Revis agreed to a new six-year contract. Revis‘ agents Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod confirmed the deal is worth $96 million, with no guaranteed money, but makes him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL. It includes $1.5 million annually in both roster and workout bonuses.

The Jets also receive a conditional fourth-round pick in next year’s draft that will become a third-rounder if Revis, who is coming off a torn ligament in his left knee, is on the Buccaneers’ roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.

“I been sitting around for the last hour trying to figure out what to say to the Jet Nation & I came up with this,” Revis wrote on Twitter. “The six years I played for the New York Jets were unbelievable. I put my body on the line everyday & did everything could to help the team win. I experienced a lot & & learned a lot. The memories I had in New York I will keep dearly to my heart.

“I want to thank all the jets fans for making me feel welcome.”

The trade was completed about two hours after Revis arrived in Tampa by private jet to take a physical for the Bucs, who wanted to check out his surgically repaired knee.

Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano drove his car onto the tarmac to meet the plane, greeted Revis and whisked the cornerback away to One Buccaneer Place. Soon after, the front page of the Buccaneers’ official website posted a big picture of Revis in what appears to be a Tampa Bay jersey with the words: “Treasure Island. Darrelle Revis (CB). It’s a Bucs Life.”

Tampa Bay opens the season at _ that’s right _ the Jets.

Trade talk had been swirling for months involving Revis, with the Bucs thought all along to be the most serious suitor. In addition to having a leaky secondary, Tampa Bay was more than $32 million under the salary cap before landing a player generally regarded as the best cornerback in football.

New Jets general manager John Idzik said during a conference call that New York wasn’t proactively shopping Revis, but Tampa Bay made “sincere and sustained” interest. Idzik insisted Revis‘ desire was to remain a member of the Jets and that the team shared that feeling, but “we ultimately came to the conclusion,” Idzik said, “that this was the best thing to do for the Jets at this time.”

Idzik added that there were several factors that went into the final decision to trade Revis, who coach Rex Ryan reiterated Sunday is “the best cornerback in football.” The main barriers included the Jets and Revis‘ representatives being far apart on a long-term extension, the time factor with the NFL draft coming up and the “degree of uncertainty” regarding the cornerback’s health.

“Fitting a deal of historical proportions into our short-term and long-term plans is very difficult,” Idzik said.

Revis was New York’s first-round pick in 2007 after then-GM Mike Tannenbaum traded up to No. 14 to draft the former University of Pittsburgh star. Revis quickly established a reputation on the field as a shutdown cornerback, routinely holding wide receivers to quiet games and causing quarterbacks to shy away from his side of the field. He was considered by many to be so dominant at his position that he earned the nickname “Revis Island” for leaving opposing wide receivers stranded.

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