Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 12
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports is reporting that the Buccaneers are releasing Revis:
Updates from Tuesday, Mar. 11
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports how Aqib Talib's contract with the Broncos could impact Revis:
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora notes that Revis is open to New England:
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:
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports believes Jets' coaches would welcome his return:
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York added:
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reported the Buccaneers' asking price for Darrelle Revis during trade negotiations:
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Buccaneers would be willing to accept a much lower return for Revis:
Mark Luckan of 987TheFan.com previously reported one AFC team interested in Darrelle Revis and provided his own analysis as well:
Field Yates of ESPN Boston provided colleague Adam Schefter's speculation on teams that could be interested in obtaining Revis' services:
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting the Raiders and Browns are interested in landing Revis:
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:
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:
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports added an important factor about Revis' contract:
Revis' manager offered up a cryptic tweet of sorts as Albert Breer of NFL.com notes:
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:
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.
La Canfora went on to discuss how Revis is turning 29 in July and that other general managers feel that he could be moved.
"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:
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:
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.