Darrelle Revis may be the best player on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster, but the team is looking to do something with him.
With NFL free agency opening at 4 p.m. EDT, the team is “stepping up efforts” to trade their high-priced, five-time Pro Bowler, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports, and, if that can’t be accomplished, the team is prepared to release him, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The prospect of Revis hitting the market is of particular interest to teams like the New England Patriots, who may lose Aqib Talib to free agency, and the Washington Redskins, desperate to rebuild their secondary — if the price is right.
The Bucs may have a new, defensive-minded coach in Lovie Smith, but the $96 million contract Revis signed as a free agent a year ago is something the team would love to restructure. That’s a problem for the Bucs and for any trade partner, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune writes.
Revis’ 2014 salary of $16 million, which includes a $1.5 million roster bonus due on Friday, is proving to be the biggest obstacle facing the Bucs in their attempts to move Revis off their roster, the source said.
“No one has stepped up, most likely (because) of his $16 million salary,’’ the source wrote in a text message to the Tribune.
GM tells me Bucs’ initial asking price was two No. 1s for Revis. Around the league, they were laughed at.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 11, 2014