Darrelle Revis’ days in Tampa Bay were short-lived.
While the Bucs were attempting to trade the former All-Pro cornerback, they decided to release him before they were set to pay a $1.5 million roster bonus that would’ve kicked in at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. He will immediately become the most coveted unrestricted free agent on the open market.
Revis, 28, was due $16 million in 2014 and wasn’t seen as a scheme fit in the Buccaneers’ Tampa 2 defense. Official indications that the move was anticipated were evident Tuesday night when the Bucs agreed to a four-year, $26.5 million deal with Alterraun Verner.
The move by new general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith signals a new chapter in franchise history. Despite giving up a first-round pick for Revis, the new regime wouldn’t let that affect their decision in parting ways with a cornerback who was scheduled to make $6 million more than any other player at his position.
The five-time Pro Bowler has been linked with Cleveland, Oakland and Philadelphia as possible landing spots.