It’s the news we all wanted to hear: new Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis will play in Week One against former team New York Jets inside his old home.
NFL betting fans can expect some high-intensity challenges to litter the field when Tampa Bay and New York square off inside the MetLife Stadium on the opening day of the 2013 season and Revis will be the focal point of the fixture.
The cornerback sensationally signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Bucs last week that ended a long stint in New York that began way back in 2007. Over that period Revis helped the Jets to two conference championship games from 79 appearances, made 241 tackles and proved one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
Yet money talks and this trade has all the hallmarks of a lucrative deal. Revis will get a guaranteed $13 million a season and has $3 million potential further earnings should he perform to the standard he has already set himself.
The Jets, in return, get the 13th Draft pick this year, a fourth-round selection in 2014 and shed a large contract off their salary.
Yet that won’t appease disappointed Jets fans who bet on NFL who hopes to see their three-time All-Pro cornerback leave and many will want retribution on Week One this September.
The Jets are struggling in defense and need players like Revis to stay in order to defy the NFL betting odds and challenge for a playoff spot come winter 2014. No doubt some of their offensive players know how much they’ll miss Revis.
NFL fans should therefore expect some major plays to go down Revis’ side when the team clash in New York this September and if the 27-year-old isn’t careful his former teammates could give fans reason to question the value of this cornerback.