Darrelle Revis released by Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) runs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) runs through smoke during team introductions before a game against the New Orleans Saints, in Tampa, Fla. on Sept. 15, 2013. (Credit: AP / Chris O'Meara)

The Darrelle Revis era in Tampa is over after less than one full calendar year. 

Revis, traded last April to the Bucs in exchange for first- and fourth-round picks, has been released by the Bucs. The team had shopped him in a trade, but Revis' unwillingness to renegotiate his $16 million-a-year salary meant the Bucs found no suitors. 

Revis is now free to strike his own deal, and several teams are expected to vie for his services. It's uncertain if the Jets will try and compete for the player they traded away, although Rex Ryan will surely be in favor of bringing back the best player he ever coached. 

The Giants have a need at cornerback, but aren't expected to get into a bidding war for Revis, electing instead for a more affordable free agent and/or a draft pick. 

The Patriots are known to have serious interest in Revis, but it's unknown if they'll be able to meet his contract demands. The Patriots let Aqib Talib walk when Denver got the bidding up to $59 million over six years, so they might not go as high as the $10 million-plus that Revis is expected to demand. 

The Eagles are also believed to be interested in Revis. They had the NFL's worst pass defense last year, and already signed Saints free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins. One potential dark horse: The 49ers, who have a need at cornerback and might be tempted to bring Revis in for a potential Super Bowl run. 

Other potential suitors: the Browns, who were interested in trading for Revis, but not with his $16 million-a-year contract, and the Raiders. 

Tags: Darrelle Revis , Jets , Patriots , Eagles

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