Darrelle Revis was getting released, this much we knew. A trade was unlikely given his huge $16 million per year figure and the fact that he was unwilling to restructure to facilitate a trade.Teams could have made it work for one year, but it would've complicated things in 2015.
And so, Revis is now a free agent, free to sign with any team. Pro Football Focus's number 1 corner in the league in 2013. Word is, he's probably headed to New England.
Bucs are cutting Darrelle Revis, per source
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2014
Bucs releasing Darrelle Revis. Official.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
So, where will he land? He has been heavily linked to the Patriots the past few days. After losing their top free agent priority in cornerback Aqib Talib to the Denver Broncos, speculation began to grow that Revis would end up in New England.
There was Adam Schefter's report that the Patriots were targeting Revis. And then there was a report last night from CBS's Jason La Confora confirming that Revis wanted to come to New England.
Now, a report comes from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, who is dialed in with Revis from his days with the New York Jets, that Revis's camp belives he will wind up with Bill Belichick in Foxborough.
Member of Darrelle Revis camp chimes in on if he thinks cornerback will end up on Patriots (assuming he's cut). "It's going to happen" #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 12, 2014
Out of the spotlight in Tampa Bay, we didn't hear much about Revis last year. He still wound up with 2 interceptions and 11 pass defensed. As mentioned, he was also the number one corner according to Profootball Focus's advanced rankings.
Darrelle Revis is officially on the market. Coming off a down year, right? Not so much pic.twitter.com/Q6v90iyiYq— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 12, 2014
Of course, that was a fact indisputed before a torn ACL derailed his 2012 season. Now, a full season removed from the surgey, Revis could be filling the whole left by Talib.