Who Should Make a Move for Darrelle Revis?

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Who Should Make a Move for Darrelle Revis?
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to trade or cut cornerback Darrelle Revis by Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. 

Fox Sports analyst Alex Marvez, citing a poor fit with new head coach Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 system and a salary that’s so high it’s worrisome, tweeted the Bucs' desire to part ways with Revis:

Again, really trying hard to trade Darrelle Revis. Hoping to strike a deal pretty quickly. Not sure of suitors yet.

Although HC Lovie Smith has praised Revis, he doesn't need him for success in his defensive system. Combined with contract ...

Smith has utilized a Tampa 2 defense for quite some time, a scheme that works with zone coverage in the defensive backfield. Revis is a man-cover guy who is best suited to be left alone to trail the man he’s covering wherever he goes.

Then consider Revis’ contract is structured to function like six, $16 million deals (six years, $96 million, no guaranteed money). 

Whenever the team decides it’s done, it can release Revis and not worry about any dead money or a future cap hit. Tampa Bay used Revis in 2013 in that scenario, but with a new head coach and general manager (Jason Licht), it looks like Revis’ stay in Tampa will be short-lived.

To push any negotiations into overdrive, the Bucs will have to quickly pull the trigger on whatever deal they decide to make.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, if Revis is on Tampa Bay’s roster on March 13, he is set to earn a $1.5 million roster bonus. And the 2014 draft pick that Tampa Bay owes the New York Jets moves from a fourth-round pick to a third-rounder.

The phones are ringing at One Buccaneer Place, tweets Peter Schrager of Fox Sports:

Deep breaths, Bucs fans. Deep breaths. The phones are, indeed, ringing down in Tampa at the moment. Teams want to talk re: Revis.

Don't assume that Revis will be released just yet. I can report that TB has received inquiries from multiple potential trade partners.

Either way, in the next day and a half, "Revis Island" will likely no longer be located in sunny Florida. 

Where might Revis end up if another team wants to trade for the cornerback? If no one can work out a trade, which team will run to the phone to talk free agency with one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL?

The four teams that follow are contenders with the need for a shutdown corner. They also have or could create cap room for Revis. 

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