Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) smiles and reacts after he intercepted the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers could cut Darrelle Revis to pursue signing Peanut Tillman


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved fast and swift to lock down Lovie Smith as the team’s next head coach and that has opened up a floodgate of rumors about what will be the next roster moves for the Buccaneers moving forward. Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com speculates that it might be in the Bucs best interest to make their next big roster moving the release of cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Cutting Revis does make fiscal sense, since the Buccaneers are paying Revis as they go and only owe him $16 million in non- guarnteed money next season. If the Buccaneers were to release Revis, they’d save $16 million and be able to put that towards bringing in one of the numerous free agents that might want to play for Lovie Smith.

One of those guys Florio points out could be cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman, who is a free agent this upcoming offseason. With the Bears preoccupied with locking down Jay Cutler, Tillman is one of a slew of Bears players being linked to Tampa Bay thanks to the arrival of Smith.

Swapping out Revis for Tillman is a gamble, but so was giving Revis $16 million per year. The Buccaneers would also retain a third-round draft pick as the final part of the Revis trade with the New York Jets. Bucs fans might not be open to cutting a guy who cost the team a first-round draft pick that ended up being rookie stud Sheldon Richardson, a guy the Bucs would have loved to plug into their defensive line.

But there’s a new regime in town, and while there’s no certainty that the Buccaneers will cut Revis and collect their $16 million and third-round draft pick, there’s also no guarantee that the new system Smith and Rod Marnelli are brining in will fit Revis Island.

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  • disqus_pIcgoPbKLz

    Revis will be with the team next fall. To give up a first and third for an All-Pro corner who had not fully recovered and plan on being fully healed by the start of training camp? You are starting an ugly rumor which shouldn’t go any further than this blog. The Bucs have additional options such as Davin Joseph, Donald Penn, Carl Nicks. That’s over $18 mil right there. They are $10 mil under the cap with $7 mil they can roll over from this past year to give them $17 mil. If you take the $17 mil, plus the possible $18 mil plus, that’s over $35 mil to spend. Why give up Revis? This story has too many holes. It’s a non-story!

    • TheeLidman

      Remember, it was Dominik and Schiano that did that deal. Lovie, and whomever they bring in to run player personnel will have no attachment to this deal, and in fact might value at top 10 3rd round pick. This has nothing to do with Revis’ ability, or what scheme they will run. Last year, TB had a ton of room, so bringing in Revis at $16mm was nothing more than writing a check. You mention they could part ways with Penn, Nicks and Joseph, how are they going to replace them? They have to extend McCoy, and really need a pass rusher. Mike Williams basically got the vast majority of his guarantee last year. Are they going to count on him to come back, or will they need to find a replacement. What about QB, are they sold on Glennon? They can’t fill all their needs in the draft. So, cutting him would gvie them more spending flexibility and a higher draft pick. If you’re rebuiliding, what’s better to have? Revis is a ‘finishing piece’, for a team who expects to contend. He performs a very specific duty. TB has too many other holes to devote that much of it’s cap, to that position. If you bring him back, at that number, you’re paying him (and devoting valuable cap space to) nearly 25% more than any other CB in the league. That is easily the largest chasm between the top paid/cap value player, at his position, to the 2nd highest. It makes ZERO sense for this team to do that. If they can get him to sign a longer term deal, and lower his cap number, I can see keeping him. However, if they want to do that, Revis is likely to want to explore the market.

    • Reinald Vallejo

      Bevis will never recover. He’s a cripple.

  • Jayson Kaplan

    If Revis had a questionable year coming off of the injury then I could see this being floated. Instead, Revis had (yet another) Pro-Bowl season and proved he’s still the best CB in the game. There’s no way a new management regime cuts him loose to save money, not to mention the ridiculous pressure it puts on Tillman. “Ok son, go be Darrelle Revis.” Best of luck with that Peanut.

  • Jeff Roth

    Revis is not a Tampa-2 cover corner, he is a man-to-man cover corner. Letting him go to another team is likely best for all involved. As many free-agent signings have shown, it takes more than just the skill set to succeed – there has to be a philosophy match to the skill set.

  • Matt Z

    Where is everyone getting this idea that Love Smith is strictly a Tampa 2 minded coach? In fact he only uses it in the low teen numbers. Even Schiano and other teams use cover 2 sometimes. Smh Lovie used a lot of Cover one zone, cover one man, cover three and blitz. We will be fine with Revis. He plays all coverages exceptionally, he is not just limited to tight man or even off man which is the hardest to play. He would not be the player quarterbacks respect if he was only a man to man player. You would see something like what happen with Asuamugha, being exposed.

    Why would Tampa cut him? Lol we just gave up a first and third rnd pick for him, that’s just foolish. We would cut him, and get nothing in return. Yeah that’s a GREAT idea. This isn’t Madden 25

    • TheeLidman

      Lovie didn’t give up ANYTHING for him, Dominek/Schiano did. Plus if they cut him, they get back the 3rd, for a 4th. I’m a NYJ fan. I hated seeing him go because he is so good. You can’t restock your talent base and pay anyone other than top flight QB, or a dominant defensive lineman that much money. As great as Revis is, he can only impact so much of a game. On a Superbowl caliber team he makes sense, because he gives the DC a ton of options. On a team that has multiple holes, he just sucks up too much cap room.

      • Matt Z

        Well I’m a Buck fan. I know the deal. The, are it throughout the season; hence, you have a third rnd pick. If he did not make it, you would then get a forth rnd pick

        • TheeLidman

          http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/9195939/new-york-jets-trade-darrelle-revis-tampa-bay-buccaneers
          TB can still get back their 3rd pick. They just need to cut him, which they will do. Again, it has nothing to do with the player, it has everything to do with the economics of the NFL.

          • Matt Z

            My fault bro. I thought it was this year.

            I still stand by what I said. It’s foolish to release him. That’s basically giving away a first rnd pick for nothing.

          • TheeLidman

            Here is something I didn’t know, that might allow Bucs to keep him and reduce his cap figure this year: http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Bucs-already-have-right-to-rework-Revis-deal.html
            Evidently, they can convert any of his 2014 salary to a bonus and extrapolate it over the course of the contract. So, if they went $15mm in bonus, that could then reduce the cap hit, for this year to $3mm. The negative is the following years would see his cap number increase by that prorated amount and if they ever did cut him, they would have to assume the ‘dead money’ charge. That said, they can get around that figure this year.

      • Matt Z

        I disagree. He impacts every part of the game. You claiming to be a Jets fan should know this as your defense was rated #1 with virtually no talent in the front seven. By playing cover one man, he exclusively takes away half the field, leaving Barron in the box, and Goldson cheating to the other side. It’s the same defense Rex Ryan used. Unfortunately, Revis still isn’t 100% and we had to play more quarter, quarter half zone, cover three, cover two more because we needed to limit him.

        • TheeLidman

          I understand how he impacts the game, if he’s playing ‘Revis Island’. This isn’t about him not being the best player at his position. What I’m saying is this unique ability is worth paying for if you have a contending team. On top of this, McCoy is in the last big pay year of his original deal. Next year, he has only 3.168mm coming, and none of it is guaranteed. There is no way he comes to training camp without being extended, and that is going to cost cap space. Who else is an above average talent on that D-line? The NYG proved you can have an ordinary secondary if you can get QB pressure with just 4. In a league where the top offenses go 4/5 WR sets, Revis can be mitigated. I get it, Revis a great player and fans don’t want to see him go. But, at 29, in that division it’s ludicrous to devote that many resources to a player who is not likely going to impact where this team finishes. If they are sticking with Glennon, they need to solidify the OL and get some WR talent. This team scored less points than the NYJ did last year (only outscored Houston and Jax) and all we heard was how they had the least amount of offensive talent in the league. That cap space has to be better used, if it isn’t Lovie is dooming himself, IMO.

          • Matt Z

            To let Revis walk with nothing in return, in this division is ludicrous. It is the most competitive division out there other than NFC West. I understand your need to brag about offensive points scored, but keep in mind you had one of the easiest schedules in the league this year; the exact opposite for us. Not to mention all the injuries we had at rb, lg, rg, wr, cb, fs, the suspensions on Goldson, MRSA, As the world turns with Josh Freeman, and the wrong schemes by the coaches. We are lucky we beat four teams this year, honestly.

          • TheeLidman

            They finished 4-12. Their division isnt’ changing, and Atlanta had a ton of injuries and is likely getting better too. I wasn’t bragging about offensive points as much as pointing out how far away this team is. Let’s remember before Martin got hurt he was only averaging 3.6 y/c, which means your offensive line play was weak. Are they going to bring Nicks back? What about Joseph? Who plays LT? What are they going to do at WR, keep VJax, Williams? Is Wright an everydown or Flex TE?
            One of my best buddies is a Buc fanatic. When the trade went through, I thought it was a good move. Revis could eliminate Jones or White, Steve Smith and Marques Colston. TB could run ball, and Freeman did have a good 2011. But now, they are in rebuild mode with a developing QB. As a Jet fan, you want your team to surround that guy with offensive talent, which NY never did with Sanchez. Having over a 1/3 of your cap in Goldson, Revis and McCoy won’t allow them to improve the offense enough to give Revis the chance to shut down a Megatron or Brandon Marshall in a playoff game..because they won’t get there.

          • Matt Z

            What makes you think we are in a rebuilding mode bro? Yes, the oline needs to address, as does a pass rusher, but if we can stay healthy, which we haven’t been able to do since Schniano has been here, then we can be competitive. We have two good wr’s, a solid TE who does need to work on his blocking, but we still need to address the position, a decent QB, two good backs, and young guys on D. You are mistaken. This is not a rebuilding mode. Just because you change GM’s and coaches doesn’t mean it’s rebuilding mode. So when Gruden came here that was a “rebuilding mode”? No.

          • TheeLidman

            When I read your reply I think it makes most of my argument:
            ‘OLine needs to be addressed’–that’s 5 positions who do you keep, who goes how many guys
            ‘pass rusher’–these guys don’t grow on trees you either have to pay for one, find one in draft..NYJ had a great secondary, but if you don’t get to QB it won’t matter b/c the rules are set up for passing success and only disrupting QB is a sure way of defensive success
            -’stay healthy’–this is NFL where there is 100% injury rate, teams need to develop depth and right now TB needs starters, let alone b/u, IMO
            -’2 good WR’ VJax is a stud, but how do you know what Williams will be? In fact, he might hold out because he received the majority of his extension guarantee.
            -’Wright weighs under 240, he’s a converted WR, he’s never going to be a blocker, so you need to find a blocking TE
            -’a decent QB’–Brees, Ryan and Newton are all in your division. If you want to win, in the near future, you’ll need a lot more than ‘decent’, no?
            Look, we disagree. I get it. Let’s see how Tampa sees it.

          • Matt Z

            We disagree, but it’s cool to have a debate on football. Nice talking to you

  • TheeLidman

    If you could spend as much as you’d like, then I get keeping Revis. The rhetoric surrounding him, before the trade was that the 6-10 NYJ couldn’t afford to allow a CB to take up that much cap space. The same applies to Tampa this year. They need OL help. They need WR help (assuming Mike Williams isn’t back at full speed by next year). They need a pass rusher. Are they going to extend McCoy? You can’t fill all these needs in 1 draft, so they will have to find some FAs. Odds are they would also find a better player with a top 7 pick in the 3rd round (which they would get if they cut Revis) than they would with a top 7 pick in the 4th round (which they get if they keep Revis). Remember, the compensation rounds begin after round 3, so that pushes a 4th rounder down even further. Keeping Revis, on this deal, is a bad business decision, plain and simple. I can certainly understand why they did it last year, but the people who did it aren’t hear and I don’t see how a new regime attaches itself to a move like that.

    • Matt Z

      Where are you getting this we keep our 3rd round pick at? He made it through out the entire season, if he did not, they would have gotten a fourth rnd pick. Obviously, he made it. So the Jets are getting a third rnd pick

      • TheeLidman

        Matt, the deal was the 2013 1st rounder and a 2014 conditional 4th round pick. It becomes a 3rd round pick if Revis is on the TB roster on the 3rd day of the new NFL year (when he’s owed a $3mm roster bonus), which is in early March.

        • Matt Z

          I was wrong about that. I thought it was 2013 season. My bad bro.

          • TheeLidman

            Matt Z…remember me? Simply makes no financial sense to keep him….

  • machu46

    Lovie Smith doesn’t even run the Tampa 2 defense much anymore. Look at the way he ran the defense in Chicago with Tillman (the guy you’re speculating they’ll target). Tillman was matched up in man to man a ton.

  • Mark ‘Bubs’ Whitten

    TOTAL BS from a SMALL website trying to boost it’s reader….. WON’T HAPPEN

  • Reinald Vallejo

    I cut him especially if they get the 3rd round pick back. Bevis sucks.