(NEW YORK) — The wait appears to finally be over. According to ESPN, the New York Jets have a deal in place to send cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
ESPN is also reporting that the deal will be approved pending Revis’ physical. The two sides have already worked out a contract extension.
The Jets will acquire the 13th overall selection in Thursday’s NFL Draft along with other undisclosed draft picks. The Jets now have the 9th and 13th picks in the first round of the draft.
The Buccaneers are taking a major risk with the trade, but are getting arguably the best cornerback in the NFL. Revis is one of the NFL’s true shutdown cornerbacks and should improve the Buccaneers defense tremendously.
The risk comes with the fact that Revis is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during last season. Doctors recently cleared him to begin running, but his health is still a major question mark coming into this season.
In 2012, the Buccaneers ranked first in the NFL in stopping the run, but last in defending the pass.
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Jill Martin, CNN