Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs have backup plan for Revis

PHOENIX — If the Bucs are losing interest in what appears to be a one-team pursuit of cornerback Darrelle Revis, it's because of statements like the one Jets coach Rex Ryan trotted out Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.

"I know for a fact that we're not actively trying to trade Darrelle Revis," Ryan said at the AFC coaches breakfast. "At the same time, if somebody calls, you're going to listen, no matter who the player is."

The Bucs are willing to at least consider using their first-round draft pick this year as part of the compensation for Revis, but no offer has been made, and they have come to realize they might be bidding against themselves. Large deals such as this one need momentum, and it's clear the meetings will end today with Revis, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, still a member of the Jets.

The Bucs' backup plan might be trying to sign Falcons free agent cornerback Brent Grimes, his agent Ben Dogra, said. The market for cornerbacks is coming down, and there are some reasonably priced alternatives for the Bucs.

"I'll say this. It is interesting to me, as a coach, you coach who's on your football team," Ryan said. "Now, Darrelle Revis is a great football player. There is no question about it. I think speculating on trades, all that kind of stuff, I understand it because he's a great player.

"This is like speculation. Everything we talk about is speculation, it's almost like it's a forgone conclusion. With that, I'm not naive enough to think, obviously, there's going to be several people that are interested in your good players, whether it's Revis or anybody else. There's always that."

Around the league

MIAMI — A Florida family says they feared for their lives when Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant showed up drunk and shirtless at their home, repeatedly banged on the front door and ripped off a door handle. A lawsuit filed Monday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages for Isaac and Iris Bakar and their children, ages 10, 7 and 4. The family says they feared a robbery when the 6-foot-6, 311-pound Bryant came to their house at 5:30 a.m. Feb. 24 after drinking at South Beach nightspots. Bryant, 27, was arrested on a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge, and his mug shot with eyes half closed and tongue sticking out went viral. The former Raider signed a five-year deal last week with Cleveland worth $34 million, with $15 million guaranteed.

Britt case: A federal magistrate found Titans receiver Kenny Britt not guilty of driving under the influence in July.

Hasselbeck finds home: Less than 24 hours after being released by the Titans, 37-year-old quarterback Matt Hasselbeck signed with division rival Indianapolis. Terms were not available.

Moves: Dolphins offensive lineman Nate Garner re-signed and defensive tackle Randy Starks signed his franchise tender. … The Giants signed receiver Louis Murphy, a former Lakewood High and Florida star. … Kicker Phil Dawson, the last remaining member of the original Browns from when the team re-entered the league in 1999, signed with the 49ers for one year. … The Vikings signed Colts offensive lineman Seth Olsen.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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