Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) following a win in a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 42-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release Cornerback Darrelle Revis

Less than one full year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded for All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis, he has been released by the team, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Buccaneers new front office, led by Jason Licht and Lovie Smith, saw Darrelle Revis’ $16 million dollar cap figure as too much to spend, regardless of scheme or ability, and tried to trade him away but couldn’t find another NFL team willing to take on Revis’ salary.

So despite Revis’ stature as the best corner in the NFL, and despite his team-friendly contract that included no guarantees, the Bucs decided to move on and rebuild the team around a different set of players on defense, and let go of the superstar corner.

The Buccaneers timed the release just right to receive the full benefit of letting go of a player of Revis’ caliber. They will not pay any dead money against the cap, and will send a fourth-round pick to the New York Jets rather than a third-rounder had Revis been on the roster.

So the Buccaneers gained $16 million in cap space, but lost one of the best defensive players of our football generation. They’ve also lost a first and fourth round pick that were sent to New York for his services, and they gain nothing in return.

The Bucs won’t even receive a compensatory draft pick, as released players don’t count toward receiving those selections.

It’s disappointing and sad to see the Buccaneers let go of such an incredible player, but if the money was that big of an issue, and the player was unwilling to re-negotiate (and let’s face the facts, he was), they were left with few other choices.

So while many (including myself) disagree with the methods, the result is that the Bucs are heading in a different direction, opting for cheaper contracts with players in their prime to build up a more well-rounded defense.

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    This is a ridiculous move. The money excuse is a joke. We let the man walk for no compensation at all, so we sent the Jets a first round pick on a guy we used for one season, while meanwhile they have monstrous tackle Sheldon Richardson for at least three more. Yup, wise use of money and assets there Bucs. Can’t wait to see what we do with all the money we saved now.

    PS. The biggest joke of all is that Aqib Talib signed for just shy of $10 million per season with Denver. If the market-price for a CB like Talib is $10 million, 16 for Revis was a bargain. Talib got talked up (mostly by Jon Gruden, who drafted him) for being a “great” cover corner in the AFC East where nobody except his team can throw the ball. Bucs fans know the truth. Get out the film of the Giants game two years ago and watch him get torched by Cruz and Nicks time and time again.

  • RussMillerWY

    Trading win now for win someday. With all that money, they better find another qb to compete with McCown. If Vick is the only one on the A list, if they can now afford him, they should bring him in. What else are they going to spend all that money on? Manchester United???

  • Jayson Kaplan

    Let this be a lesson to those bitter NYJ fans that trashed Revis last season for being “greedy” for attempting to renegotiate his deal before it was over because it’s “dishonorable” to do so when you signed a contract . This is yet another example of how the teams don’t honor the contracts they sign. Why is it always ok for teams to not honor contracts but not the players? All deals should be one year because that’s all the team is ever really beholden to.