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Clearing up a major misconception in the Revis trade matter
Posted Apr 12, 2013 by Roy Cummings
Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM
BY ROY CUMMINGS
TAMPA – It’s hard to know exactly where this notion of an April 18 deadline to complete a trade for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis came from but fans pandering for accurate information on this front need to know this:
It certainly did not come from the Bucs.
It’s possible, though unlikely, that the Jets might have set such an internal deadline, but they haven’t told the Bucs about it if they have and the Bucs have no reason to set such a deadline themselves.
Granted, there is a need on the Bucs part to do a complete examination of Darrelle Revis’ reconstructed knee and to agree on the parameters of a contract with him before finalizing any trade, but they don’t need a week to do that.
The Bucs could complete a thorough examination of Revis and work out the basics of a contract in less than 24 hours, so the only real deadline that exists in this matter continues to be Draft Day, which is April 25.
In theory, the Jets could wait until the day before the draft to finally decide they want to trade Revis and a trade could still go down as long as the Bucs can get the exam and contract done by the time their pick comes.
That is cutting it rather short and it’s certain that the Bucs won’t rush through their examination of Revis or the contract negotiation, but where there’s a will there’s a way and neither element requires seven days to complete.