The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been embroiled in Darrelle Revis trade rumors since the NFL trade deadline during the season. Since the, speculation has only mounted that the team is looking to move Revis’ $16 million yearly salary elsewhere and get some rebuilding piece sin return.
While it appears that the Buccaneers want to keep Revis, Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are engaged in a pursuit of Revis in an effort to continue their hunts for Super Bowl titles.
The speculation has centered most prominently on the Patriots and Broncos. Both teams have aging franchise quarterbacks who have managed to contend but not conquer in recent years. Both teams are running out of chances to finish the job.
The logic makes sense, but that doesn’t mean deal will happen. If the Buccaneers keep Revis, it costs them $16 million with no string attached, but if they move him, they’ll recoup some draft picks and continue to gain rebuilding steam.
Florio states that the Patriots trading for Revis would be cheaper than locking up cash long-term in Aqib Talib and the Broncos clearly could use some lockdown defense after their embarrassing Super Bowl loss.
It’s not certain that Revis will for sure be moving, but interest in more intense than it was last year the Bucs may hear an offer they can’t refuse.