The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to release cornerback Darrelle Revis by 4pm Wednesday if the team cannot find a trade partner, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Short of a trade in the next two days, the Buccaneers are expected to release CB Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. Wednesday, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Revis is due a $1.5 million dollar roster bonus tomorrow, and if he’s released, the Jets only get a 4th round pick instead of a 3rd rounder from Tampa Bay.
A major reason why Tampa is having a difficult time finding a trade partner is because of Revis’s $16 million dollar a year salary.
As last season’s Buccaneers team showed, it doesn’t matter who you have playing cornerback if you don’t have a quarterback, and Tampa Bay’s quarterback situation did not play out the way anyone could have imagined.
The team quickly fell out of playoff contention after starting the season 0-8, and Josh Freeman was released less than one month into the season.
Mike Glennon then took over and showed some flashes, but by then it was too little too late.
When all was set and done, Greg Schiano was fired as head coach following another disappointing season, and Lovie Smith was hired as the new head coach.
Individually, Revis proved that he is still a top corner in the NFL. He was named to his 5th career Pro Bowl and registered 47 tackles, 10 pass break ups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and a sack.
Assuming he’s released, teams are going to have to be wary because of Revis’s history with contracts. He’s held out multiple times with the Jets and has made it perfectly clear he wants to be the highest paid corner in the game. Whether another team will be willing to give Revis the money he wants remains to be seen.
A team that comes to mind as a possible replacement is the New York Jets. It just so happens that the Jets are in the market for a cornerback, and it would be ironic if he ended up back with the team.