Bucs release Darrelle Revis
In what will be remembered as one of the worst trades in team history, the Bucs released Darrelle Revis Wednesday, less than a year after sending the 13th overall draft pick in 2013 and a fourth-round choice this year to the New York Jets for the Pro Bowl cornerback.
Despite interest from several teams such as the Raiders and Browns, the Bucs were unsuccessful in trying to trade Revis over the past few days, primarily because he refused to restructure his $16-million per year contract.
Had Revis been on the roster by 4 p.m. today, the Bucs would've owed him a $1.5-million bonus and been forced to part with a third round pick in the 2014 draft instead of a fourth-round choice to complete the trade with the Jets.
Tampa Bay has only five selections in the draft this year.
With so many needs on a team that finished 4-12 last season, the Bucs felt they could make better use of the $16-million in salary cap space held by Revis.
The Bucs already have agreed to deals with six unrestricted free agents since the signing period began at 4 p.m. Tuesday, including Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner. Former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is visiting the team today.
“We would like to thank Darrelle for his time and effort with our organization last year,” said Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht. “Darrelle showed a lot of heart last year as he worked extremely hard to get himself back on the field following his knee injury sustained the previous season. We have specific ideas regarding the best way to build this defense and, while you never like to lose a good player, we believe this is in the best interests of our team moving forward. Darrelle was a true professional here in Tampa Bay and we wish him continued success in his career.”
Revis, who was recovering from surgery on a torn left ACL when he was traded to the Bucs last season, did not appear in a game for the Bucs until the regular season opener against the Jets at Metlife Stadium.
He played well enough to earn his fifth Pro Bowl appearance, recording 50 tackles with two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a sack.
But Revis was earning roughly $5-million to $6-million more than the next highest-paid cornerback. Prior to the free agency signing period Wednesday, he was the fourth-highest paid player in the league in terms of average salary. The other three are quarterbacks.