Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in trading Darrelle Revis

Now that they realize they paid Darrelle Revis too much, the Bucs want to trade him

3/11/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 42-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave Darrelle Revis an unprecedented salary for a cornerback after trading for him.

Now, they're realizing that cornerback probably isn't the best position for a $16 million annual investment.

Also, as part of their trade with the Jets, the Buccaneers would owe the Jets a 3rd round draft pick if Revis is still on their roster as of 4:01 p.m. Wednesday.

Trading (or cutting) Revis by that point would save them a $1.5 million roster bonus, and would force them to only give up a 4th rounder instead of that 3rd.

Also, getting Revis off their roster would save the entirety of his $16 million salary in cap space, allowing them to make other big moves to bolster their roster.

Revis will likely end up making big money somewhere else even if the Bucs cut him. He's still one of the top 2 or 3 cornerbacks in football, and he has no problem holding out for as much as he can possibly earn.

There are plenty of teams interested in someone like Revis in their secondary, but it's doubtful that the Bucs would find someone willing to part with any kind of valuable pieces as well as pick up Revis' enormously prohibitive contract.

We'll see if the Bucs are forced to part ways with him, or if they can find a way to keep him in Tampa Bay on a more reasonable contract, as unlikely as it seems.
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