The last time the New York Jets held No. 14 overall draft pick, they chose a young cornerback out of Pittsburgh University. That 2007 draft gave the Jets a dynamic player in Darrelle Revis; a future All-Pro who created an instant buzz around the Jets as they stole the thunder of their cross-town rivals the New York Giants.
The Jets picked Revis even though he faced little competition in the Big East during his college career. The young cornerback decided he would make an impact before he even stepped foot onto a football field; sitting out the first 21 days of training camp while negotiating his contract with the organization.
This rookie holdout would be a harbinger of discord between the Jets' front office and Revis' agents for years to come.
Nevertheless, the Jets ended up signing one of the best players in franchise history, next to Joe Namath and Curtis Martin.
No. 24's great cover skills have earned him the nickname, "Revis Island," which as of Tuesday will not be located at MetLife Stadium anymore.
The Jets traded their All-Pro cornerback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for No. 13 overall pick in Thursday night's draft and a conditional third round selection in 2014. Revis later agreed to a new six year contract worth $96 million. This deal made Revis the highest paid defensive back in NFL history.
For Jets newly hired general manager John Idzik, that was too rich for his blood.
"Once we reached a point with Tampa and they presented an offer that we felt merited serious consideration, we discussed it at length internally, and we really ultimately came to the conclusion that this was the best thing to do for the Jets at this time."
It was no secret that the Jets were shopping Revis to the rest of the NFL. It's been widely reported that Idzik's relationship with Buccaneers' general manager Mark Dominik helped finalized the deal.
Idzik quickly shot down those rumors.
"I know Mark," said Idzik. "I've known him for years "It makes it easier from the standpoint of just communicating back and forth, and there's a trust level there. From that standpoint, yes, it made things go a little more smoothly, but, in the end, the compensation has to be such that you feel like its good for your club."
There was uncertainty about the Jets reaching long term deal with Revis before next offseason. The dubious commitment of Revis and his agent, combined with the fact that the cornerback is currently rehabbing an ACL injury, made this move easier on the Jets management to make.
"Darrelle, as everyone knows, is in the final year of his contact," Idzik said. "Darrelle, as everyone also knows, is in the midst of rehabbing a very significant knee injury, the first significant injury that he has had to deal with. So really until we see him through completion of rehab and playing without inhibition and playing the way we know Darrelle can play, there would always be a degree of uncertainty there."
Gang Green has been marketing Revis since the offseason began, although they told the media publicly that the team's only concern was to make sure he was healthy for the 2013 season. Idzik and the Jets management did not meet with Revis and his agents during the NFL Combine, fueling speculation that Revis would not be with the organization much longer.
The Jets can now continue with their rebuilding process and don't have to deal with the rumors that followed the team regarding Revis. The Green and White have two first round picks during this year's draft, the No. 9 and No. 13 overall picks. Revis is now enjoying a Bucs life, so now is time for Idzik to use his draft picks wisely and find talent that will help the Jets contend in the near future.
"I think any time you contemplate a trade, we're always going to have both the short and long-term interests of the club in mind because we feel like the compensation we received, we're going to gain some short-term benefits, that we're going to get some very valued players on our roster," Idzik added. "They're going to help us in years to come."
Revis made the trade official when he passed his physical in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday. The former University of Pittsburgh standout is the second player the Buccaneers added to their secondary this offseason; joining ex-49er Dashon Goldson also signed with the team earlier in free agency.