Bucs expected to trade Revis as trade efforts fail
Darrelle Revis is expected to be released by the Bucs after their efforts to trade him remained unsuccessful on Monday.
Even though new Bucs coach Lovie Smith was intrigued by having Revis in his defense, his $16-million contract and terms of the trade make that unappealing to a team coming off a 4-12 record with many needs.
If Revis, who turns 29 in July, is still on the roster by 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Bucs owe him a $1.5-million bonus and would have to send a third-round pick in the 2014 draft to the Jets to complete the trade.
Tampa Bay also traded the 13th overall pick in the 2013 draft for the Pro Bowl cornerback, who was recovering from a torn left ACL at the time of the deal.
The Bucs, who have been unable to restructure Revis’ contract, would gain an immediate $16-million on the salary cap to use on free agents while having to only send the Jets a fourth-round pick.
Revis currently earns nearly $6-million more per season than the next highest-paid cornerback in the league.
When the trade was made last April – by then Bucs general manager Mark Dominik – Revis was recovering from surgery that forced him to miss nearly all of the 2012 season with the Jets.
Revis did not see action until the first game of the regular season – ironically against the Jets at Metlife Stadium – but spackled together a performance that earned him his fifth trip to the Pro Bowl.
Revis finished the season with 50 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and two forced fumbles last season.
"The way we structured it in Tampa was to give us the flexibility,'' Dominik told Sirius NFL Radio. "If we didn’t feel comfortable with the deal, if we didn’t feel it was the right deal for the organization, that’s the way I did deals in Tampa.
“That’s the way I thought it was best for the team and obviously Jason and Lovie are talking about it and that’s something they’re considering right now.''
Smith, who plans to deploy the Cover 2 defense, has had success using cornerbacks with lesser pedigree than Revis, who thrives in man-to-man coverage.
“These players are hard to find,'' Dominik said. "I would venture to tell you and Darrelle would tell you that last season wasn’t his best performance and yet he still made the Pro Bowl again. I think coming off that knee and playing at the level he did and where he was headed to, that’s why we had confidence because we felt like he was going to come off that knee and was going to play at a high level and I felt he was only going to get better.
“When a new regime comes in, they have a different philosophy and they have a different way to look at things and obviously Darrelle Revis is kind of in the flux right now of what’s going on in Tampa.''
Should the Bucs part with Revis as expected by Thursday, one likely candidate to replace him is Chicago Bears free agent Charles Tillman.