BY: John Mamola
With hours until the NFL begins its new calendar year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the more active teams looking to create as much salary cap space to spend in free agency. Multiple reports surfacing on Monday evening reported the Buccaneers were looking to make a trade for pro bowl corner back Darrelle Revis if the team and Revis couldn’t come to a restructured contract.
WDAE’s Tom Krasniqi then followed up with a report that the Buccaneers will release Revis before the 4pm eastern deadline on Wednesday to save the $16 million dollars Revis would be owed for the 2014 season.
NBC Sports Network analyst Shaun King told WDAE’s ‘The Ron and Ian Show’ on Tuesday that he fully expects Revis to be released based on the contract he signed last season, and the potential cap number for Revis increasing to 18.4 million for next offseason.
“They (Buccaneers) can’t trade him,” said King. “If they’re going to release Revis, they’re going to do it before 4pm on Wednesday because they only have five draft picks in this upcoming draft. They (Buccaneers) want that third round pick (from Revis trade last season), and if they don’t do it before then it’ll be a fourth round pick.”
King fully expects longtime corner back for the Chicago Bears Charles “Peanut” Tillman to be with the Buccaneers next season to replace the services of Revis. The former Buccaneers quarterback believes the team will also be parting ways with Donald Penn and Dashon Goldson.
“They (Lovie Smith/Jason Licht) don’t want any player that costs more than his current value. So they’re evaluating the roster like that which is one of the reasons Davin Joseph was released, and understand there will be other guys following,” said King.