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After months of disagreement, the New York Jets have finally parted ways with Darrelle Revis, shipping the cornerback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014.
Then, Tampa Bay gave Revis the long-term contract he was seeking from the Jets, signing him to a six-year, $96 million deal with no guaranteed money.
The Bucs have given Revis the $16 million annual salary he was asking from the Jets, making him one of the two highest paid defensive players in football, along with Mario Williams of the Buffalo Bills.
"It became quite evident to us that there was a substantial difference between Darrelle's view of his value and ours," Jets general manager John Idzik said.
With the trade, the Jets parted ways with their most talented player. A first-round pick by the Jets in 2007, Revis was a three-time All-Pro and one of the best players in franchise history.
However, Revis' contract demands have affected his relationship and his legacy with the Jets, holding out of training camp twice in 2007 and 2010.
The Jets had been trying to trade Revis for months but it was only recently that the move gained ground.
New York granted the Buccaneers permission to meet with Revis yesterday and give him a physical, the final hurdle for the teams to clear in the trade.
"Once we reached a point with Tampa and they presented an offer that we felt merited serious consideration, we discussed it at length internally, and we really ultimately came to the conclusion that this was the best thing to do for the Jets at this time," Idzik said.
The Jets now have the number 9 and 13 picks in the first round. The 2014 conditional fourth-round pick becomes a third-rounder if Revis is on Tampa's roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.
Revis was acquired in a trade with the New York Jets for a 2013 first round draft pick and another draft pick in 2014. Revis will earn $16 million a year on a six-year contract
Bucs introduce Darrelle Revis
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