NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One of the NFL’s elite cornerbacks might soon have to deal with a whole new round of rumors about his future.
Yep, we’re talking about Buccaneers star Darrelle Revis, who was traded from the New York Jets to Tampa Bay just last year.
Teams are “exploring” the market for Revis and “rival executives believe a deal could be possible,” Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported Tuesday.
The Bucs aren’t actively shopping the All-Pro, though that could change as the offseason progresses, La Canfora added. Moving the 28-year-old would save Tampa Bay a whopping $16 million on the salary cap.
Tampa Bay cleaned house after the 2013 season, firing general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano. Jason Licht took over as GM and Lovie Smith was hired as the team’s new head coach, inviting speculation about whether Revis, who prefers man coverage, would be a fit with the new regime’s zone schemes.
“We’re trying to get as many good players as possible to win football games,” Smith told The MMQB’s Peter King in January. “Any coach around would want a Darrelle Revis to be on his roster. We don’t play Cover 2 each snap. There’s a place for a good cover corner.”
Revis signed a six-year, $96 million deal with the Buccaneers last April after being traded for the 13th pick in the 2013 draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014. This year’s selection will become a third-rounder if Revis is still on Tampa Bay’s roster as of March 13.
The Jets drafted NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson with the pick acquired in the Revis trade.
Revis, who didn’t take the previous trade talks too kindly, played in all 16 games last season after suffering a season-ending torn ACL in 2012.
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