Darrelle Revis, released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is now a free agent again. The Buccaneers just released Revis on Wednesday (March 12), deciding that $16 million was too much to pay him for the 2014 NFL season. According to a report from CBS Sports, the team was close to making a trade with him as the key component, but the former Pro Bowl cornerback wasn't willing to take a pay cut to help it get done.
There are several NFL teams that could really use help in the secondary this offseason, including interesting destinations like the New York Jets and New England Patriots. As soon as this Revis news starts making its way around the NFL, analysts are going to start linking him to teams that could use an improvement. The ultimate question will become just how much money they are willing to pay him, because it is very obvious that he still wants to be paid as though he is one of the best pass defenders in the league. The jury is still out on whether he is actually in that group still.
As the completion to the trade between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers that brought Darrelle Revis south, the team will owe an upcoming fourth round selection. If Revis had remained on the roster through the day, the Bucs would have had to give up a third round pick to complete that deal. As it is now, the Jets can actually try to re-sign their former star player, especially if they feel he has finally recovered from the surgery that led to him getting dealt in the first place.