Report: Bucs to Cut Darrelle Revis if No Trade Partner Emerges


After all the work it took last season to relocate Revis Island to Tampa Bay, who would have thought it would come to this?

After attempting to restructure a six-year $96 million contract, the Bucs will release All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis if no trade partner emerges in the next two days, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter Monday night.

The Bucs traded away last year’s first round pick for Revis, and a conditional draft choice for 2014. That choice becomes a third-round draft pick if Revis is on the team’s roster at 4:01 p.m. Wednesday. Otherwise it’s a fourth-round pick.

Revis is also scheduled to earn a $1.5 million roster bonus Wednesday, so the team must act quickly.

Even if the Bucs are unable to find a trade partner, releasing him would instantly free up $16 million in cap space — more than enough to sign a player like Charles Tillman, who has a close relationship with head coach Lovie Smith from their days together in Chicago.