The New York Jets have granted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers permission to examine the knee of cornerback Darrelle Revis, signifying a trade between the two teams could be imminent.
ESPN’s Adam Shefter first broke the news this morning after reports earlier this week suggested the Bucs front office was balking at Revis’ hefty price tag, which would include the 13th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft and possibly $15 million.
Now a trade could happen in as little as 48 hours if Revis checks out from a medical standpoint. He is expected to meet with the team this evening.
Typically, these physicals don’t happen unless an agreement is already in place, and the physical is more of a formality. But in the case of Revis, who is coming off of a torn ACL that forced him to undergo surgery and miss the 2012 season, there’s a lot more at stake.
A source close to the situation told me this week that the Bucs are comfortable with what they are hearing about Revis’ progress and believe he will be ready for training camp. Revis spent the offseason training in Arizona away from Jets team facilities, but returned to the club this week to begin its offseason conditioning program.
Dr. Russ Warren, the New York Giants’ team physician (yes, Giants, you heard that correctly) who operated on Revis’ knee, cleared the star cornerback to begin running without restriction on Monday.
This wouldn’t be the first time the Bucs have made a pre-draft trade that included a player with injury concerns.
In 2009, the Bucs traded away a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick the following year to the Cleveland Browns for Kellen Winslow, Jr. The former first-round pick had suffered from chronic knee issues stemming from a motorcycle accident.
The Bucs also examined Winslow, Jr. prior to the trade, but I am told an agreement was already in place by the time he entered the building.