Well, he's free, thanks to those Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Can the Patriots pick up prized cornerback Darrelle Revis?
The Buccaneers have released Revis, the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback they were unable to trade. The move Wednesday saved the Bucs a $1.5 million bonus that Revis would have been due if he remained on the roster; his salary is $16 million a year. It also freed salary cap space the team intends to use to continue an overhaul of the roster under new coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht.
Revis was obtained in a pre-draft trade from the Jets last spring, a deal that cost the Bucs a first-round pick in 2013, as well as a fourth-rounder this year.
If Revis had remained on Tampa Bay’s roster at 4 p.m. Wednesday, he would have been due a $1.5 million bonus and the 2014 pick for the Jets would have become a third-rounder.
This morning, our Eric Wilbur said Revis is the only option left for the Pats, the lone remedy to appease the bellyaching of fans hurt that Aqib Talib signed with the rival Denver Broncos and that Julian Edelman still isn't back in the fold. Just before Revis was officially cut, a glimpse of hope from an unlikely source, a New York Daily News columnist:
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
So can the Patriots snag Revis? Well, they've been clearing cap room, most recently with today's release of defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga.
Patriots came into the day, officially, with $15,790,286 in cap room. They get another $3.5 million with the release of Sopoaga.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 12, 2014
So now Pats fans wait and hope Bill and Bob do something to give Tom Brady a competitive twilight.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.