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.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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