The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made headlines by breaking out the checkbook to pay Darrelle Revis $16 million per year after acquiring him from the New York Jets. But ever since the coach and GM who made that deal left town, rumors have swirled that Darrelle Revis could be on his way out.
The latest rumor comes from Jason La Canfora of CBS, who reports that teams have called the Buccaneers with interest in Revis, and that the money he’s being paid is well above what many executives believed he’d be worth in the open market.
One of the reasons cited was the recent trend of lower contracts for corners, but it fails to take into account the salary cap increases set to happen over the next two seasons. With the cap increasing in 2014, and set to expand further in 2015 (according to Pro Football Talk), teams will have more money to spend, which means free agents will receive bigger contracts.
2015 also brings us closer to the end of rookie deals for Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and others, who will set the high-mark for cornerback salaries when they require re-signing by their respective franchises.
La Canfora’s report cites Alterraun Verner as the player who Revis was compared to in terms of contract figures, who earns a good deal less than Revis, but signed his deal under a lower salary cap. Don’t be surprised if in a couple of seasons, Darrelle Revis’ $16 million contract doesn’t seem quite so outlandish, and you’ll be happy the Buccaneers have him locked up for two or three more seasons.