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Report: Buccaneers 'stepping up efforts' to trade All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis, could release him

Posted by Erik Frenz  March 10, 2014 09:07 PM

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be looking to trade the best player on their roster, and it may not take too much to get him off their hands.

The Buccaneers are "stepping up efforts" to trade All Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, according to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, and that they hope to get a deal done soon:

Perhaps the Buccaneers are just widening the scope of their search for trade partners, but language like "stepping up efforts" and "really trying hard" gives off the impression that their initial attempts to trade Revis have been unsuccessful. As the asking price comes down, the chances that the Patriots make an inquiry would go up.

Colleague Ben Volin did a fantastic job of breaking down a way that the Patriots could make it work financially. Revis is set up with a pay-as-you-go $16 million per year contract, and the Patriots would probably like to pay him less than that (as would any team that trades for him).

It sounds like Revis would be amenable to a reworked deal, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune:

And, if all else fails, ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Buccaneers will be left with only one choice:

There has been constant buzz about a potential Revis trade ever since Lovie Smith took over as Buccaneers head coach. Smith uses a Tampa 2 defense that relies on its cornerbacks to play zone coverage; Revis is known as a top-notch man cover cornerback.

The Patriots are familiar with Revis from his time with the New York Jets. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would often throw to the other side of the field, but Revis still managed to intercept two passes in 10 career games against the Patriots. In the past three meetings between the two, Brady has completed six of the 11 passes in Revis' direction for 89 yards.

If the Patriots were to lose free agent cornerback Aqib Talib, they could make an even harder push for Revis' services. Revis is a fit for the man-based coverage scheme the Patriots have built lately. He's not a fit, however, for their salary cap. The Patriots currently have just $14,467,504 in cap space, and that's before taking care of key free agents like Talib and wide receiver Julian Edelman.

As Volin notes, the Patriots would have to get him at a different pay rate. The Buccaneers, however, must make a decision soon. They owe Revis $1.5 million on Wednesday, March 12 as a roster bonus.




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