Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 12
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports is reporting that the Buccaneers are releasing Revis:
Bucs are cutting Darrelle Revis, per source— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Mar. 11
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports how Aqib Talib's contract with the Broncos could impact Revis:
And now with CB Aqib Talib a Bronco, Patriots figure to make a real push for Darrelle Revis.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora notes that Revis is open to New England:
Everything I've heard is that Revis would love to be a Patriot, above any other option. Still ample time for that to happen— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
Patriots in a strong position to land Revis now, especially after Talib's deal. Revis wants to be there. Will only take a 5th round pick— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport now reports that trade winds have shifted:
Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that a reunion in New York isn't out of the question:
Source says Revis never wanted to leave the Jets and would love to be back with Rex. Biggest question: Would Woody Johnson take him? #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 11, 2014
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports believes Jets' coaches would welcome his return:
Jets coaching staff would welcome Darrelle Revis back. Revis has no hard feelings and would go back. Basically would be on Woody/Idzik.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2014
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York added:
The Jets missed out on Verner and Davis. Who's out there? Oh, wait. #Revis— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 12, 2014
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reported the Buccaneers' asking price for Darrelle Revis during trade negotiations:
GM tells me Bucs' initial asking price was two No. 1s for Revis. Around the league, they were laughed at.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 11, 2014
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Buccaneers would be willing to accept a much lower return for Revis:
If the #Bucs asked a teams for two No 1 picks for Darrelle Revis, they're unaware of it. Anything above a mid-round pick would do it— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 11, 2014
Mark Luckan of 987TheFan.com previously reported one AFC team interested in Darrelle Revis and provided his own analysis as well:
Raiders are interested in Bucs CB Darrelle Revis, per sources.— Max Luckan (@MaxLuckan) March 11, 2014
I don’t think the Raiders would give up assets for Revis.— Max Luckan (@MaxLuckan) March 11, 2014
Field Yates of ESPN Boston provided colleague Adam Schefter's speculation on teams that could be interested in obtaining Revis' services:
The two teams that @AdamSchefter pinpoints to keep an eye on for CB Darrelle Revis: the Eagles and Patriots.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 11, 2014
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting the Raiders and Browns are interested in landing Revis:
#Raiders are strong players in Darrelle Revis sweepstakes, along with Browns, according to league sources— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 11, 2014
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that the Browns are likely the more attractive trade partner of the two:
Tafur later reported that the Raiders pulled out of the sweepstakes:
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is also reporting that Revis will not take a pay cut to help force a trade:
Per a league source, Revis declined Tampa’s request to reduce his compensation. Which sparked the effort to trade him and the inevitable decision, if they can’t trade him, to cut him.
The source explains that Revis won’t take a pay cut to facilitate a trade. Really, why would he? If a team like the Browns would pay him $12 million in 2014 as part of a trade, they’d at least pay that much if they can get him without giving up a draft pick or a player or multiple of either.
Updates from Monday, Mar. 10
On the eve of free agency, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports provided an interesting update on Darrelle Revis' standing with the Buccaneers:
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com explained why the Bucs would move Revis:
Who will trade for Darrelle Revis and his $16M salary? I’m told there is some interest. Enough to make a trade? We’ll see. Salary main issue— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
Later in the evening, ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested that Revis may not get traded, but the Bucs are looking to part ways with him regardless:
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
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports added an important factor about Revis' contract:
Thought I might be revisiting this tweet at some point... RT @MikeGarafolo: Guarantee in Revis deal: $0— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 11, 2014
Revis' manager offered up a cryptic tweet of sorts as Albert Breer of NFL.com notes:
Revis' business manager chimes in >>> RT @JohnGeiger_ Loyalty Is Not For Everyone.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 11, 2014
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in need of a change at the top of the coaching staff and in the front office this offseason, but the latest rumors surrounding superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis suggest a shakeup atop the roster as well.
Revis is reportedly drawing the interest of multiple teams, and some executives believe the All-Pro is "ripe to be dealt," according to CBSSports.com NFL insider Jason La Canfora:
Teams calling the Bucs to inquire about Darrelle Revis, and some rival execs believe he is ripe to be dealt at start of league year ...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 25, 2014
In an extended subsequent report, La Canfora provided more details on the situation and clarified the Bucs haven't even negotiated with other teams and are not actively shopping Revis:
At this stage no one is making offers, and the Bucs haven't contacted other teams about the Pro Bowl player, and are not shopping him, but talks could certainly progress as we approach the start of the league year next month. Revis makes $16 million this season and counts $16M against the cap (that holds true for every season through 2018), and Tampa has several other tricky contracts to sort through, particularly along the offensive line with an aging and highly paid group, many of whom are nearing the ends of their contracts.
Should the Buccaneers trade Darrelle Revis?
"Out with the old, in with the new," has been a sound strategy for the organization after two tumultuous seasons under recently fired head coach Greg Schiano. Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith was brought in to succeed him, and general manager Mark Dominik was replaced by Jason Licht.
Expanding that strategy to exile one of the premier cornerbacks in the league—especially when taking into account the modern NFL's overreliance on the pass and Smith's defensive expertise—seems illogical and flat-out confounding.
Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune doesn't believe a Revis trade makes sense, based on what Smith said about his plans for a lot of man-to-man coverage schemes:
Hate to ruin everybody's fun re: possible D. Revis trade but based on my conversations with Lovie Smith, I dont' see it happening (more)— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) February 26, 2014
Said Lovie: "We’re primarily going to be a man team. Whether we win or lose is going to be based on how we play man coverage.''— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) February 26, 2014
Very few men—if any—can cover a receiver quite like Revis; hence the nickname "Revis Island."
It was only one year ago when Revis arrived in Tampa Bay, as Dominik shipped a first-round pick and a conditional selection in this year's draft to the New York Jets to acquire him. Bob Glauber of Newsday highlighted the ramifications of forcing Revis out of town sooner rather than later:
Per @JasonLaCanfora, Bucs may deal Darrelle Revis. If a trade happens before March 13, Jets get 4th round pick instead of 3rd this year.— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) February 25, 2014
Even though Revis was coming off a torn ACL suffered toward the beginning of the 2012 campaign, he enjoyed a rather successful maiden season with the Bucs, despite the team's 4-12 record. At the ripe age of 28, his knee appeared to hold up and should only strengthen in 2014, as Revis is still in the midst of his prime.
So why would Tampa Bay's front office ever consider moving him—even if it landed the team another first-rounder in this year's extremely deep draft? Replacing a player of Revis' caliber is borderline impossible. Unless the team isn't sold on 2013 third-rounder Mike Glennon as the long-term solution under center and believes its quarterback of the future is in this draft, there's no viable way a prospective trade could be justified.
Letting go of someone of Revis' caliber is a move that may come back to haunt Tampa Bay. Despite sporting a secondary featuring All-Pro free safety Dashon Goldson and promising, young strong safety Mark Barron, Revis can take away half the field and give that duo freedom to roam.
All of that talk about finding a surefire signal-caller is pure speculation, and it sounds like the buzz about Revis at the moment is as well. Perhaps more substantial rumors will surface as March progresses, but the new regime must be able to back up its reasoning if it decides to pull the trigger on a deal that sends Revis packing.