Nov 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Schefter: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Expected to Release Darrelle Revis on Wednesday If No Trade Develops

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.


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.

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  • TheFrasier707

    If u can get a RG3 type trade then trade him.dont just release him!he the best man2 man corner n the leauge fans love him & lovie needs all the positive fan support he can get

  • Doug Lacy

    I hate the BUCS so much I think they do this stuff on purpose to torture their fans that has to be it cause nobody is going to trade you for a player when they know your going to just cut them in a couple days I just can’t believe their that dumb I mean seriously your just gonna cut the cb over money when we have Ryan breese and newton in our devision all with great weapons so your just gonna get rid of the best cb for nothing I swear the BUCS will never be winners cause their gonna keep this shit up

  • Jayson Kaplan

    It looks like I can make up my mind on GM Licht right now. He’s an idiot.

    I don’t want to hear a word about Revis and money when Donald Penn is still on the roster. Penn proved last season he’s not capable of playing his position at the highest level for a full season. Revis proved that even at 80% healthy, he’s still better than most guys at his position, and at 100% he’s better than all of them. Penn cannot block the top pass rushers in the league. Revis can cover the best WRs.

    It looks like I can also make up my mind on Lovie right now as well. I don’t give a damn what system you run. If you cannot figure out how to use Darrelle Revis, you’re unqualified to be an NFL head coach. Seems to me we already had a coach that was more interested in implementing his “system” than in working to the strengths of the personnel. He got fired for going 4-12.

  • RussMillerWY

    There’s still hope they will have a revelation sometime in the next 18 hours. Still, if he re-signs the Jets, they’ll have Revis, Sheldon Richardson, and our 4th round pick. Revis will have the $16 million he made last year and a second home he can retire to someday. The Bucs will have new uniforms and more money to spend on guys who are not as good as Revis or Richardson. Must be something in the water over at 1 Bucs place that’s making them dumber with each new administration. Check for lead and mercury.