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March 10, 2014 @ 8:02 pm
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Report: Bucs Will Either Trade Or Release Revis By Wednesday

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Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com is reporting that the Bucs are stepping up efforts to try to trade Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis. By doing so the team can free up $16 million in salary cap space and only send a fourth-round pick to the New York Jets instead of a third-round pick as a result of last year's trade, in addition to acquiring additional draft picks from potential trading partners.
Despite assurances from head coach Lovie Smith and new general manager Jason Licht that Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis would be a great fit in the new Tampa 2 defensive scheme, the Bucs are stepping up efforts to trade him, which was first reported by FoxSports.com’s Alex Marvez.

“I just want you to know, especially Darrelle Revis, we don’t play Cover 2 every snap,” Smith said in his introductory press conference in Tampa Bay on January 6. “We have a place for a great cover corner that’s physical and can do all things.”

But over the past two months, Smith and Licht have come to the conclusion that Revis is taking up too much salary cap room and the value isn’t there, despite him being a very good fit for Smith’s defense. After the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL.com reported that other teams had inquired about Revis' availability via trade even though Tampa Bay wasn't shopping him.

However, facing the prospects that Revis, who will turn 29 in July, is taking up $16 million in salary cap space and is due $3 million in bonus money on Thursday the Bucs have decided that’s too much cap space allocated to anyone – even a five-time Pro Bowler. Revis is getting paid just over $6 million more per year than the second-highest paid cornerback, Green Bay's Sam Shields, who signed a four-year deal worth $39 million just days ago and will average just under $10 million per season.

If the team can’t trade Revis, the Bucs are prepared to release him by 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday to avoid paying him a $1.5 million roster bonus and a $1.5 million workout bonus.

Parting ways with Revis via a trade or his release would also result in sending the Bucs’ 2014 fourth-round pick to the New York Jets as part of the trade deal that led to his acquisition last year, instead of a third-round pick, which would be more beneficial to Tampa Bay. The Bucs only have five draft picks this year – selections in the first, second, fifth and seventh rounds, in addition to either a third-rounder or a fourth-rounder depending on whether Revis is on the roster on Thursday.

Tampa Bay likely won’t trade or release Revis, who was the Sporting News’ 2013 Comeback Player of the Year, until the team has signed another corner or two in free agency by Wednesday to ensure that there won’t be a deficiency of talent at the cornerback position. The Buccaneers are expected to pursue Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who played several years for Smith in Chicago, and could target another cornerback in free agency, such as Tennessee’s Alterraun Vernor, who is one of the best Tampa 2 zone-style cornerbacks available this year – and get both players for how much the team is slated to play Revis this year.

Revis was acquired last year when former general manager Mark Dominik traded a 2013 first-round pick, and a conditional draft pick in 2014 to the Jets for a player believed to be the best cover cornerback in football. Revis, who was the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year, was coming off a torn ACL that cost him much of 2012 season and also seeking a new contract from the salary cap-strapped Jets.

Facing the prospects of losing him after the 2013 season and getting nothing in return for him, the Jets traded Revis, who had 19 interceptions in his six-year career, to Tampa Bay last April. In addition to the trade, Dominik signed Revis to a six-year, $96-million deal that is really a series of six individual deals worth $16-million.

The $16 million salary makes it nearly impossible to trade Revis as very few teams are in a position to absorb such a cap hit. The Raiders, Jaguars and Browns are only a few of the teams who have the flexibility to take on Revis' massive salary.

The deal featured no guaranteed money and no signing bonus, which creates no dead salary cap space if the Bucs wanted to part ways with Revis at any time prior to the third day of each new league year when the shutdown cornerback is due his $1.5 million roster bonus and his $1.5 million workout bonus.

Tampa Bay reportedly tried but failed to re-negotiate Revis’ contract.

Should the Bucs not be able to trade him, this deal will ultimately go down as one of the worst in team history as Tampa Bay has nothing to show for its 2013 first-round pick.

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    "Should the Bucs not be able to trade him, this deal will ultimately go down as one of the worst in team history as Tampa Bay has nothing to show for its 2013 first-round pick." That is the truth, we got screwed on this one, we gave up a first round pick for damaged goods thast didn't perform, or ear his salary and can't recover any picks as his price tag likely prohibits a trade. Very sad. It is time to take the lumps and move on. I'm not the only one on this board that wanted the Bucs to pick up two good CB's last year instead of just 1 that cost an arm and a leg in both salary and picks.
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    Well this is George Hicks again-I think that Revis is back and he will be traded or release and someone else will take his place also Tampa will get the 16 million in cap space. First thing in the next few days I THINK MCCOY SHOULD BE RESIGN WITH THIS 16 MILLION THAT WOULD BE FREE UP. What do you think. Instead of giving up a third round pick they give up only a 4th round selection. If Browns trade for Revis Tampa could receieve a 4th and a 6 th Round pick. Or even better a #1 or a #2 or a #3 pick,any trade and draft choices would be a win win sistutation.
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    A year ago, I was not in favor of trading for Revis due to the cost in dollars and draft picks. The price was high - too high. But Dom did it and Revis became a Buc - and there is no denying his overwhelmingly positive impact on the team. Yes, the Bucs were 4-12 with him but that had zero to do with his play (just look at our former bum HC and 32nd ranked offense for that). He was the MAIN reason the secondary rebounded as well as it did from the horror of 2012 - and that was with him playing in a bad scheme (bad coaching) and not 100% healthy. We have the cash to get other players. His 16 mil is not preventing that so we need to stop harping on that point. Jettisoning Revis is NOT necessary. There is no one on the FA market even close to his talent and, without him, we are back to being pitiful in the secondary. Yes, Lovie's scheme emphasizes the front 4 on the defense but until we know that unit can produce why would we deplete our team of proven talent right now. Can't this move wait until next year when Banks has another year under his belt and other somewhat viable options become available in FA (or whoever we pick up in the draft or undrafted FA has some time to also develop). Also, why wouldn't we want a top notch secondary anyways (Abraham, Barber, Kelly, etc. were pretty damn good). O.K., Revis is overpaid, I get it. But it's what we paid so get over it. That is an issue which should not impact us this year and a good GM can work around it.
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    You guys are talking A's and F's. I say this: if we win now it's an A, but if we don't win early and win often it's an F. There are no B's or C's. Lovie, if you let Licht do this you better win early and win often or you're gone!:(
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    Some of you made some compelling arguments. Too many to address them all so I'll touch on a few. I definitely agree with Kinderrt that this was a ballsy move by Licht...which I love. I hate it when GM's and HC's make moves under the influence of the fans or owners. The only thing that should be influencing their decision is what will eventually win a Super Bowl. Dominik listened to the fans and wanted One Buc Place to resemble Candyland thinking the off the field stuff was important enough to bring fans back to the stadium. Big mistake. ILoveMeSomeFire, Licht is not there just to take care of the business side of things. PR reported that he's a film nut. We also currently don't have a Director of Player Personnel because he's filling that role also, meaning he is an expert of the game and the players that play it. He has just as much say as Lovie on player acquisiiton/dismissal decisions. Finally, no matter how anyone slices it Revis truly is worth $16 million a year. If Sam Shields is the metric I would say Revis is 60% better than Shields given both of their full bodies of work. So if Shields is averaging $10 million a year Revis deserves $16 million. So does R. Sherman and if I were him that's what I would demand from Seattle when the time comes. If SR is notorious for saying we should be adding pass rushers not taking them away, why should it be any different for shut down CB's we can easily afford when they are just as important?
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    rumor is we just sgned DE johnson to a 5 yr 43 million contract. About 8 mil a year which is around what bennett got from seattle. Nice work lovie. good start to free agency. Time to cut penn and get some OL help now
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    The point of rebuilding is to get players that make us better and then continue to build around them. Unless some of you are correct and we are releasing him for the draft pick compensation and then plan on resigning him then fine. But on a team where the secondary was the glaring hole last offseason this move doesnt help us win now. McCoy doesnt have an extension, we have no franchise QB, even though Revis needs to be restructured theres no reason we cant afford to pay him. You dont get better by filling one hole (with the apparent signing of Michael Johnson) and then create another hole by releasing the best corner in football in his PRIME. Im sure Lovie can find CBs on the market my problem is that we need to keep productive players bc chemistry is also apart of football. Bringing in all these players through FA is needed but theres no need to create this problem when we have dead weight like Donal Penn soaking up 7 mill in cap room and Zuttah being overpaid. Although Revis' contract is huge no one complained about his production so the focus needs to be on getting his contract to a more workable number not releasing him for nothing. Loved the Lovie hire, HATE this move if it actually happens.
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    16mil is a lot but getting Tillman and Vernon for revis essentially is a giant mistake. He brought us out of being 32nd in pass defense. He is our best cover man and is a mentor to all the youth on our team- no to mention how much better Glennon will get in practice throwing against revis. I don't think there is a single player in free agency I would rather have than revis. We already invested picks in him now we have to let it tun it's course- releasing/trading him would be the same as throwing away last years first round pick for literally nothing. If he comes back and has a 6-10INT year for another team it will bring double the shame to Tampa
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    OK, warm up the Jet, first stop Cincy !
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    surferdudes....Very well said, I also give Licht and Lovie an A and maybe an A+ if they get ANYTHING for him. We have to look forward, not backward.
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    7-9 without Revis, 4-12 with Revis. I'm not saying us being worse with Revis is his fault. What I'm saying is it takes more then one good corner to win football games. It was a bad deal last year, proof is all the heads that rolled. We move up 32 spots in the draft with his release, plus gain 16 million in cap space that can make us real players in free agency.More heads will roll. No matter how much you might like a player, Penn for example, the fact is we're not winning with said players. Owlykat gives Licht a big F so far, I give him an A for doing what needs to be done. It's never pretty when a new regime takes over. Some fan faves are going to be gone, Lovie, and Licht are just trying to clean up Dom, and Greg's mess. The Glazers didn't fire those guys so the new crew would keep the status quo. Banks is not a bust. He was a rookie playing in a bad scheme, with bad coaches, give him a brake.
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    If they do cut him I will be very interested to see who they get with the extra cap room. The cat is out of the bag, so our negotiating power is greatly diminished. You can argue whether or not he is worth 16 million. The real question is can we cut him and put a better team on the field next year. The draft pick switching to a 3rd is significant and can't be overlooked, but I think the main argument is whether or not we can be better next year without him.
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    Kick to the groin...wow...
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    There are 4 teams actively trying to trade for Darelle Revis – Patriots, Broncos, 49ers, and the Eagles. There appears to be a sense this morning that something will be done before Wednesday 4:00pm. The issue as I understand it is not trade value but salary cap issues for two of the most interested teams in 2014. Some creative restructuring may make it possible to get a deal done!
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    scubog....Don't see that happening as Revis would want to come back and he is not likely to due anything for his team as he is a me first type of person. Revis will be looking for a ring so I expect NE to jump in and rob us again.
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    @ILoveMeSomeFire...Well said !
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    Sneaky sneaky Scubog. I like it. It fits macabee's 11th hour scenario as well. From purely a player/talent evaluation, I do not get this move. We have potential in Banks and Barron. We have an official flag magnet at FS and then a huge drop off in Height/Weight/Speed & Talent. I didn't believe what we had in the DB room could cover half the field WITH Revis. Now there's a possibility of spreading out these unproven guys across the whole field? We already watched opposing QB's unload the football in under 2 seconds in Schiano's 1st year. It doesn't help the pass rush (is an understatement). I don't like this move.
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    Just a thought here. If the Buccaneers release Revis our compensation to the Jets drops from a 3rd round choice to a 4th rounder. Revis then is free to sign with any team, including our sneaky Bucs, at what will no doubt be at a reduced rate. Thus, we minimize what we give to the Jets, reduce the player's salary to a more reasonable $10 mil. and add $6 mil in cap space. Similar con job the 49ers pulled on us by claiming Eric Wright failed his physical only to sign him later for no compensation. Owlykat: A player drafted in the second round who starts as a rookie is not a "bust." A player who is drafted in the first round and is out of the league within 5 years because he sucked better defines the word.
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    Scubog, My worry is that if this is the same Revis from the Jets there is no way we release him and then re-sign him cheaper. Revis of old would scoff at taking a reduced salary, getting released then come back to the BUCS cheaper. I hope I'm wrong.
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    Booooooooooooo! Another Bucs blunder instead of plunder...why does this team hate its fans so much ? Wish Revis the best....too bad he doesn't want to stay in town- our new uniforms are enough to drive even the blind away...
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    We need to clear some cap space so we need to get rid of Revis, Goldson, Williams and Zuttah. We need to build from the draft. So time to start trading down in rd.1 and pick up more picks. Its really easy to do. We need a lot of players. We really need 2 or 3 corners for the price of 1. with that said there are some high salary players I'd keep and that is Penn, V. Jackson and C. Nicks these guys are Winners!
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    I am not looking at the past because I can't change it. It was a bad deal and way too much was given and I expressed it strongly before it happened and told you all that my inside source said it was a done deal two weeks before it happened last April. I am glad that this new regime is not going to put 8% of their cap room on one guy. What would that say to McCoy if they kept Revis? Hey I want 20 million a season to play?
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    You can't be so tied up in the fact that we traded draft picks for him... You should never hang onto someone soley for the reason of what you have invested in him... It is like a used car... You don't keep it just because you have spent so much keeping it up over the years if it is gonna continue to cost you too much money... The Tampa 2 style defense is not successful because of a single player... It is a multi piece system that relies on a number of key players which we have the makings of a few of them already... There are just a few more that we need to complete it... It's made obvious by our record last year that 1 player will not bring us to the promise land... He is a great corner and solidified his side of the field... But if we can use his salary to get someone like Vernor who is perfect for our system and Tillman to at least be a solid player who can play hard for us while we groom a drafted CB and/or Banks then it will be money well spent and more completely solidify our backfield instead of just one side... And why is it that some people still do not understand that Lovie is the GM for all intents and purposes and Licht is only there to take care of the business side of the GM spot... Lovie knows that he will not be successful by simply patching up both sides of the ball and hope that something sticks... He is cleaning house of everyone that costs to much and doesn't produce... He is trying to put together a team that will be solid and reliable and be something he can build on... Whatever we have now may be great in certain individual spots but obviously does not work as a whole ... He is going to try to change that and we are gonna have to trust that he knows what he is doing... That's why we brought him here... If sacrificing one great player will allow us to be able to get and afford 2-3 solid players that will improve the team as a whole then that is what needs to be done... If we can grab as many of the players that we can that we are rumored to be pursuing and follow it up with a solid draft then this team will be taking a huge step in the right direction and be what's best for our future...
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    Well, I'm on record for not liking the idea of trading and paying one player so much . . . but I'm having a hard time seeing how they're going to work this without Revis. I don't know all the free agents out there; I haven't bothered looking it up. I'll be intrigued to see what their plan is.
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    If Licht came up with this insanity it is proof he does not have sufficient experience at being a GM and Lovie better veto it before he cripples this team. If Licht was smart he would be trying to trade our bust of a CB we took with our 2d round pick last year. He best not be trying to build around him or we'll be regressing to our defensive backfield of two years ago and Licht may not even last out this season. He should know better!!! Even if we nab Tilman that is just a bandaid fix due to his age. There are a lot better ways to get a third round pick back than throwing away the best corner in the NFL that overnight took us from the worst defense to seventeenth best defense. Aim for a top ten defense not dive for the bottom again. I warned we made a bad mistake when we let DOM go. That may be the reason we then could not land a single veteran GM. Instead we are the training ground for Licht to try to learn the job on the run. If he cuts Revis he gets an F so far. He is not thinking what this does to Lovie's credibility--when Lovie said Revis would fit his system.
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    If this trade or release is true, why not get rid of vincent jackson, mike williams, connor barth, and dashon goldson also. Lets make a real commitment for failure. Think of how much cap space the Bucs will have! Yippee.
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    WTF...just..wtf...
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    Pinkstob, I have no proof to support my opinion, but I do not believe Lovie and Licht have unilaterally decided to do this. I believe that this directive came from on high. Early in the course of this discussion, Rick Stroud opined that this transaction was never liked by the Glazers and may have been a prominent reason for the release of Dominik and Schiano. Other local Bucs analysts have respectfully disagreed with that notion, but I buy it. If Revis agreed to a new contract that put him somewhere north of Sam Shields, perhaps this could have been averted. But the Revis I recall from his NY days is not one to lower his demands. My personal opinion is that the market has been set at about 10mil and whether Revis stays with the Bucs or goes to another team, ultimately, he would have to agree to take less money. Reasonable minds should prevail, but at the eleventh hour, it may be too late for that!
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    Never liked the deal Dominik made for Revis. This will go down as the worst deal the Buc's have ever made. This will be known as the ONE YEAR RENTAL deal. I have to give credit to Licht and Lovie to have the B#%* to cut him but it is the right move. One man does not make a TEAM and we will be much better for it. With the cap going to increase the next two years we can spend now and save money in the future. Now we have to go get a few CB's and a few more top players. We will not know this team next year but we still have a Major problem at QB.We sure BLEW this team up but thats what happens when you go 4-12 and had a GM that thought he was a rock star. Dominik went and got a few big names but had no depth or a HC.
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    What a nightmare. Nothing to show for a 1st round pick that became the defensive rookie of the year. Absolutely nothing. How embarrassing...
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    Pinkstob-No need to be embarrassed! We've got the new uniforms to keep us proud!
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    I have mixed feelings about this if the reports are true. I agree that 16 Mil is too much to pay for one player, but I cant believe that Lovie couldn't find a way to use him in the Tampa 2. we lose Revis, we better have a clear path to at least one if not two CB's in free agency. and then we can still add CB to the list of spots to fill, along with QB,DE,OT, TE and maybe even WR. how many players can we possibly sign through FA?
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    I would really like to keep revis but I understand the move. I'm also pretty sure I had a few people get on me when I said they were shopping revis. Guess I was right. We have to get a couple corners in free agency if we don't keep him. The corner from Tennessee is perfect for and Charles Tillman as well. We would haw to draft on of the top corners in the draft or oline at this point. This week should be very interesting. I hope revis actually restructures his deal but I don't think that will be the case
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    I don’t know if this is true or an attempt to get Revis and his camp to the table. However, I do believe it is a real issue now and at the eleventh hour negotiation may be too late. The Bucs gave up a first-rounder in 2013, which was the 13th pick overall, a fourth-round pick in 2014, which becomes a third-round pick if Revis is on Tampa Bay's roster on the third day of the new league year in 2014. The NFL 2014 new league year begins tomorrow at 4pm. The Bucs have already said they want to keep Revis. As lovie has said, Revis is valuable and he will fit into the schemes they plan to use in the secondary. But the question remains even though he is valuable - is Revis worth franchise QB money? If the Bucs decide the cap number is too high, I recommend they not restructure the old contract, but offer a new contract with guaranteed money. Revis is interested in making 96mil, but it is available only in increments of 16mil guaranteed each year, no guarantees. They should ask for consideration of the 16mil already earned. Then offer Revis a new 6 year contract worth 72mil with 2 years 24mil guaranteed with no offset language. The new contract plus money earned under the old contract presents an opportunity for Revis to be guaranteed to earn nearly the same money that he would have gotten for 3 years under the old contract – the expected time the Bucs likely would have honored the old contract anyway. The Bucs put 4mil annually back into cap space. If a new contract that still makes him the highest paid CB in the league (north of Sam Shields) is unacceptable to Revis and they can’t come to a mutual agreement, then I think they will seek to trade him for anything they can get before the 13th of March or flat out cut him to retain our 3rd round pick, put 16mil back into cap space, and make a run in FA for a replacement from one of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Alterraun Verner, or Vontae Davis, and the elder statesman Charles Tillman. Then they could then trade down in the draft and get one of Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert in the 1st round. Let’s hope that reasonable minds prevail! The art of compromise is we both win!
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