For the second offseason in a row, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are working to overhaul their roster through NFL free agency. Last year, they did so behind the guidance of general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano.
Neither of them is with the team now after being fired this offseason. Their prize acquisition last year -- All-Pro cornerback Darrell Revis --- is also no longer part of the Bucs.
After failing to trade him prior to a self-mandated 4 pm deadline on Wednesday, the Bucs have released Revis:
The Bucs have released Darrelle Revis. Let the bidding begin. I still like New England to get this done— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
That affects the Cincinnati Bengals by giving Tampa more cap space to sign defensive end Michael Johnson and the rest of their free agent acquisitions. It also ensures they'll have more than enough cap space to sign left tackle Anthony Collins, assuming the Bengals aren't willing to match their offer.
As for Revis, the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders surfaced as two possible suitors Tuesday, with Cleveland looming as a frontrunner. The New England Patriots also called and expressed interest, but Revis said he would rather hit the open market than accept a pay cut. Now that he is cut, he can sign with any team whenever he chooses.
The Patriots make the most sense, but they may not have enough cap room to sign with just around $15 million left to spend. The Raiders and Browns both have more than enough cap space to pay Revis the kind of contract an elite corner like him commands.
It will be interesting to see what teams emerge for Revis after most of the top corners from this year's free agent class have signed with other teams already.