The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ample cap room and a new coach with a defensive mindset, but that’s not going to stop them from letting go of the best cornerback in football, according to a report.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Twitter on Monday evening that the Buccaneers will likely release Darrelle Revis on Wednesday if a trade for the All-Pro Corner cannot be reached.
Short of a trade in the next two days, the Buccaneers are expected to release CB Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. Wednesday, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Trading Revis for some sort of value makes some sense, even though getting rid of one of the best players in football seems to be a mistake for any team, especially one sitting on $20 million in cap space.
But to flat-out release a player of Revis’ caliber, while still forfeiting a fourth-round pick, makes absolutely no sense at all. The value in having a player like Revis, who is among the best at his position in the history of the game, outweighs the cap savings, which can’t help replace the loss of an All-Pro at corner.
The Buccaneers would be unwise to try to win through free agency, as teams historically have failed in attempts to quickly fix a roster by signing high-priced veterans. Building around star players through the draft, and using leftover cap space on luxury players and depth is a much better scenario, but one that the Buccaneers are reportedly straying away from.
This sort of move would put new head coach Lovie Smith under the spotlight right away upon his arrival in Tampa Bay, as he told the media that his team would “win or lose” with their man coverage ability. Getting rid of the best man-to-man corner in the league will make it a lot harder to win.
We’ll keep you up to date with all the latest on this developing situation.