by Ryan Adams
Stubborn would be putting it mildly, but it's the word that best describes Bucs General Manager, Mark Dominik, and Jets GM, John Idzik. Both are at the helm of the on-going negotiations to bring All-Pro cornerback, Derrelle Revis, to Tampa Bay. Both have put terms on the table, and neither seems to budge on said terms. The Jets want, at the very least, the Bucs 13th overall pick in this year's draft to fit nicely with their already ninth overall pick. But Dominik has refused to waiver from his stance against those terms, as that pick may prove to be just as valuable to Tampa Bay as it would the Jets.
620 WDAE's own, Rick Stroud, says the Bucs have also said they're willing to pay Revis about $15-million per year but they've not been given permission to speak with any of Revis's agents on the offer. Dominik and the Bucs have given themselves a window of a week before the NFL Draft on April 25 to get the deal done. This based on the fact that Revis is still recovering from a torn ACL and, according to Stroud, they do not believe it is a trade that can be made on the clock because Revis would need to be examined by multiple team doctors.
Tampa Bay is about $27-million under the salary cap and firmly believe that they are the sole team gunning for Revis's services. If a deal can get done, Revis would be a huge lift to a team who's pass defense was not just the worst in the league in 2012, but historically one of the worst pass defenses of all-time.
Next week, Revis is expected to report to Jets off-season workouts where he will collect up to $3-million in bonuses, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.
To read the full article by Rick Stroud, head HERE to visit the Tampa Bay Times page.