With a $1.5 million bonus approaching, the Buccaneers cut bait with former Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday.
And the rival Patriots swooped in to make a one-year, $12 million deal with Revis before the day was out, according to multiple reports.
The Patriots lost top cornerback Aqib Talib to Denver on Tuesday. He signed a six-year, $57 million deal with the Broncos.
The Bucs explored trading Revis — who they signed to a six-year, $96 million deal just last summer after trading a first-round pick to the Jets — but could not get what they desired. The deal with Tampa Bay did not include any guaranteed money, so they are free of any obligations to Revis.
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Revis was drafted by the Jets in 2007 out of Pittsburgh and established a reputation as the league’s top cornerback. He made five Pro Bowls and is a three-time All Pro. He made He tore his ACL in 2012 and never played for the Jets again.
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