Less than a year ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded for Darrelle Revis. Now, the cornerback could be on his way to another team.
According to CBS Sports, teams are inquiring about Revis’s availability, with the belief that he could be dealt. The Buccaneers added Revis last offseason, hoping he’d bolster the defense and help them make a push towards the playoffs. However, Tampa Bay went just 4-12, finishing in last place in the NFC South.
The Bucs aren’t actively shopping the five-time Pro Bowler, but his large salary could make Tampa Bay consider a strong offer. He’s set to make $16 million in 2014, and his contract will count for $16 million against the salary cap in every year through 2018. Revis has been considered the best player at his position, but that’s a lot of money devoted to one cornerback.
Tampa Bay doesn’t have a championship-caliber team, but a club that is poised to make a Super Bowl run could make a play for Revis. Both the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots could look to land Revis, if he is available. The Patriots were torched by Peyton Manning in the AFC Championship Game, and need to improve their secondary.
Denver had the best record of the regular season, but they weren’t even competitive in the Super Bowl. Adding a top corner could be the missing piece for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.
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The San Francisco 49ers might also consider adding Revis. They’ve fallen just short of winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the past three seasons, reaching the NFC Championship Game in each one. The Niners may have an opening in the secondary with free agent cornerback Tarell Brown's future with the club in doubt.
In his first season after suffering a torn ACL, Revis still managed to reach the Pro Bowl. He recorded two interceptions and 11 pass deflections with the Buccaneers.
The New York Jets traded Revis to the Buccaneers in April for the 13th overall pick in 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in this year’s draft.