Report: Bucs take step toward Revis deal

It looks as if the most anticipated trade of the offseason could be going down.

Rich Cimini reports the New York Jets have given the Tampa Bay Buccaneers permission to bring in cornerback Darrelle Revis for a physical examination. Revis is coming off a major knee injury, but all indications are he’s progressing well.

Tampa Bay’s team doctors now will get a close look at Revis’ knee.

But I think the mere fact that the Jets are allowing the Bucs to look at Revis means there’s a good chance the two sides must be close on what the compensation will be. There have been reports that the Bucs likely would have to surrender first-, third- and fifth-round picks, although it’s unclear if they would all be in this year’s draft or if some would be in 2014.

As I pointed out the other day, the Bucs have spent the offseason setting themselves up for a Revis deal. They have more than $33 million in cap space. If a deal is completed, the Bucs likely would sign Revis to a long-term extension worth around $15 million per year.

A healthy Revis would go a long way toward fixing a pass defense that ranked last in the league last year. Revis and Eric Wright likely would be the starting cornerbacks and the Bucs already spent big money on safety Dashon Goldson, who will start next to Eric Wright.

The deal isn’t done yet, but this is a major step toward Revis joining the Buccaneers.