The Buccaneers are desperately attempting to deal Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis but with little success up until this afternoon. But two teams, the Browns and the Raiders have emerged as possible suitors to acquire the talented cornerback.
From all reports over the past 24 hours it is becoming more and more likely that Darrelle Revis has played his last game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now the question becomes, can the Buccaneers wrangle some sort of compensation from another NFL team for Revis, or do they just end up cutting him? Teams are aware of the Buccaneers desire to save Revis’ $16 million salary, and know that they will be able to bid for his services if he is released and becomes a free agent.
But according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Cleveland Browns are considering make a deal for the All-Pro cornerback. The Browns, who have approximately $57 million of salary cap space, are one just a handful of NFL teams that could handle the current $16 million contract.
Another team that has been rumored to be a potential landing spot is the Oakland Raiders who have just over $60 million in cap space available. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Raiders are strong players in the Revis sweepstakes.
The general consensus is that these two teams would only consider making the trade due to the fact both feel if Revis were to become a free agent, the chances of him signing with either of the two teams would be slim.
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.
Copyright © 2011 Pewter Report, PewterReport.com and Pewter Insider. All rights reserved. PewterReport.com, the official site of Pewter Report, is an independent source of news and commentary and is not affiliated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the NFL.