By Dory LeBlanc
After days of speculation that the Buccaneers were looking to reclaim $16 million in cap space by moving Darrelle Revis, it appears the Pro Bowler will look elsewhere for his big pay day.
Bucs are cutting Darrelle Revis, per source— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2014
FOX Sports Mike Garafolo is reporting that the Buccaneers announced that they have parted ways with the Pro Bowl cornerback; a move that didn't come as a surprise following Tampa Bay's signing of another Pro Bowl CB, Alterraun Verner.
Revis, who was traded by the Jets in exchange for the Bucs' 2013 first-round draft pick and this year's third-round selection, was cut before 4pm this afternoon, turning the 69th overall pick into the 100th.
Tampa Bay will replace Revis with Verner at left corner, but there is also a possibility the Bucs sign Chicago free agent Charles Tillman as well to slip into the RCB now occupied by Johnthan Banks, who will be entering his second season in the NFL this year.
In April 2013 when the Bucs made the initial trade for Revis, they were boasting the league's worst pass defense and bringing in arguably the NFL's best shutdown corner made sense at the time for then-head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik.
Under new GM Jason Licht and Head Coach Lovie Smith, they clearly felt the $16 million (base salary and bonuses) Revis was set to make this year would be better spent elsewhere.
Last season, Revis recorded 50 tackles, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and a sack, while Verner registered 57 tackles and 5 INTs.
Tillman, who played under Smith for nine seasons with the Bears, had 41 tackles and three forced fumbles and interceptions but only played in eight games in 2013 after being placed on IR after tearing his right triceps in November.
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