This could be the best case scenario for the Bucs at this point. People around the NFL know that the Buccaneers will release Revis, which could exclude some teams from engaging in trade talks. According to multiple reports, that hasn’t scared all teams away.
Well, apparently Revis has zero interest in taking a lower salary or restructuring his contract, which should come as no surprise to the money-hungry Revis. Revis’ drive for money was an issue with the Jets.
The Browns, however, are not the only team interested in Revis.
The Browns and Raiders each carry some of the most cap room in the NFL. With the $50+ million in cap room, both teams must spend a certain amount of their cap room to reach the “cap floor” and avoid penalties.
In addition, the Browns and Raiders might realize that if Revis hits the open market, their ability to attract him over Super Bowl contenders like the Broncos, Patriots, or 49ers might be slim.
The Browns carry the 4th pick in May’s draft and the Raiders hold the 5th overall selection. Could the Bucs flip 1st round picks in exchange for Revis? Are the Bucs just looking for a mid-round selection? Could you imagine a secondary with Joe Haden and Revis?
The best part of this for the Bucs is that they have themselves a bidding war for a player who might get flat-out released on Wednesday. The Bucs must get the best deal they can and pull the trigger.
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