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Bucs looking to trade Darrelle Revis, could release him

Darrelle RevisDarrelle Revis’ stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is looking like it will be an extremely brief one.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bucs are looking to trade Revis. If they are unable to deal him, they will likely release him by Wednesday afternoon.

There are two reasons why the Bucs would release him this week. Revis is due a $1.5 million bonus on Wednesday if he is on the team’s roster. Also, the fourth-round draft pick the Bucs traded to the New York Jets to get the cornerback would turn into a third-round pick if they keep him on the roster.

The Bucs prefer to keep the $1.5 million and higher draft pick rather than pay Revis the $16 million he’s due to make next season.

Schefter mentions that the Bucs have been looking to deal Revis since the combine, but no teams have been interesting in dealing for him at his current price.

If the Bucs end up getting rid of Revis, they will have traded the 13th overall pick in last year’s draft and a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft for one season of Revis, who was coming off knee surgery. The Jets used the pick to draft defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year last season.

LeSean McCoy says Darrelle Revis is better than Richard Sherman: ‘It’s not even close’

Darrelle-RevisRichard Sherman may have wrapped up his ongoing feud with Darrelle Revis, but the debate rages on. Analysts are still going to argue over which player is a superior cornerback. If you ask Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, he would tell you there is no debate.

McCoy was a guest on Mad Dog Sports Radio’s “Evan and Phillips in the Morning” on Thursday, and the NFL’s leading rusher for 2013 was asked which player in the league he would least want as a teammate. He said it was Sherman before breaking into an unprompted discussion about how Revis is a better player. Here’s the audio, courtesy of Bleacher Report:

“I would take Darrelle Revis,” McCoy said. “He’s a better player. If you watch Darrelle Revis’ tape and take his best clips (and match them up against Sherman’s), it’s not even close.”

While McCoy knows a lot more about football than I do, I believe the gap between Revis and Sherman is much closer than he is making it sound. However, McCoy made the same argument that we heard from Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor earlier this week — that Sherman doesn’t always match up against his opponent’s top receiver.

“(Revis is) a lockdown defender,” McCoy added. “He doesn’t have tons of safety help. It’s, ‘Revis, we need you to lock him up.’ And he’s gonna get it done.”

Sherman believes the stats show he is better than Revis, but he does have a tremendous amount of help with safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. McCoy also noted that he believes Revis will dominate again next year when he has another year of recovery from ACL surgery under his belt. Perhaps that will give us a better idea of who the better cornerback is overall.

H/T Black Sports Online

Richard Sherman: Darrelle Revis is a great guy, we squashed the nonsense

Darrelle Revis Richard Sherman

Perhaps tired of all the backlash he has faced in the wake of his postgame rant against Michael Crabtree, Richard Sherman has decided to squash his long-running beef with Darrelle Revis. The feud began roughly a year ago when Sherman randomly posted stats on Twitter in an attempt to prove he is a better cornerback than Revis. Is it now over?

On Thursday, Sherman told reporters he has smoothed things over with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers counterpart.

“We’ve had a few conversations. He’s a great guy and we squashed all the nonsense,” Sherman said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the NY Daily News. “I think every one of them out there is going to say that they’re the best, and that’s the way you’ve got to play the position.”

I’m not sure when Sherman is claiming this conversation took place, but Revis was pretty critical of him last week when asked about the infamous outburst. Despite that, Sherman insists he has no issues with Revis and that their disagreements have been exaggerated by the media.

“I think one of those things, just like a lot of other things, is a lot of media fabrication more than anything,” he added. “People make it more of a big deal than it really is. Guys have conversations off the field and are good friends. People would be surprised. They think they’re really mortal enemies, and it’s really not like that.”

While we know the media loves to blow things out of proportion, there’s really only one way to interpret Revis accusing Sherman of running his mouth like a girl. My gut instinct tells me these two still don’t like each other, and that probably won’t change. Sherman happens to have a pretty big game coming up on Sunday. The last thing he wants to talk about is Revis.

Darrelle Revis: Richard Sherman is all about ‘me, me, me, me’

Darrelle Revis Richard Sherman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis defended Richard Sherman on Wednesday for his rant after the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC Championship Game. Just kidding, Revis and Sherman hate each other. We all knew that.

Like many others, Revis thought Sherman’s colorful postgame interviews were selfish and took away from what the team had just accomplished.

“Don’t get me wrong he’s an entertainer, but he shouldn’t have said that,” Revis said at the Pro Bowl, via Around the League. “The reporter asked him a question about the team and he went on to answer about me, me, me, me. So that is how I took it. He didn’t answer the question in the right way.”

There is certainly an argument to be made that Sherman deserved the spotlight after making an incredible play that led to a game-clinching interception. Without Sherman’s tipped pass, the San Francisco 49ers may have won the game. Still, athletes who are humble and deflect attention away from themselves typically receive more praise.

As for Sherman declaring himself the best cornerback in the NFL, Revis disagreed.

“It is what it is, that is Sherman,” he said. “That is what he thinks. Everybody has their own opinion. (Sherman is) saying he’s the best. I’m saying I’m the best, Joe Haden thinks he’s the best. …You can go by numbers, you can go by the ball not being thrown to your side so many times, there are so many variables in it. But at the same time, we are all talented players.”

Sherman has started with Revis on several occasions without being prompted. He obviously cares a great deal about what people think. Personally, I think Sherman is the best. He’s an incredible cover corner and has unmatched ball skills. I also find him annoying, but I certainly wouldn’t classify him as a thug.

Darrelle Revis: Atmosphere was ‘real tense’ with Greg Schiano as Bucs coach

Greg-Schiano-BucsGreg Schiano was not very well-liked during his two-year tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Darrelle Revis probably expected better than a 4-12 campaign last season, and I’m sure he and most of his teammates are glad that they get to start fresh with a new head coach in 2014. Revis basically admitted as much on Wednesday.

“The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense,” Revis told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.”Guys didn’t like coming to work. That’s one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment. You’re going to get everything out of everybody if it’s stress-free and let people be who they are. I just didn’t feel he did a very good job of that. It was a learning experience for him as well, and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he’ll do things differently.”

Back in October, current and former Bucs players described Schiano as an A-hole who wants to be like Bill Belichick. He was even so strict that he reportedly told Dexter Jackson, who won a Super Bowl MVP trophy in Tampa, to leave a team practice.

“I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys,” Revis added. “We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them. But he was the boss, and you’ve got to fall in line.”

Coaching in the NFL is much different from coaching in college. Belichick acts like a jerk during press conferences, but even he doesn’t rule with as much of an iron fist as people think. Like Revis said, there were players on the Bucs roster who were much more familiar with life in the NFL than Schiano was.

The Bucs seemingly switched gears by hiring Lovie Smith, who is known for being more of a players’ coach.

“I love to play ball, and if we’re going to run the Cover 2 scheme, I have to master the Cover 2.” Revis said. “I feel confident in Lovie and (defensive coordinator) Leslie Frazier, too. They have a lot of experience in the league with unbelievable players. I think we have great talent. We just need the right personnel and the right coaches.”

We all knew it was only a matter of time before Schiano was shown the door. Based on what guys like Revis have said, maybe he belongs in college.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Darrelle Revis blasts New York Jets fans over death threats, Twitter harassment

Darrelle-RevisDarrelle Revis picked up his first ever victory as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, but his focus was not solely on his current team after the game. During a chat with Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post, Revis blasted “bitter” New York Jets fans for sending him death threats and getting on his case since he was traded in April.

“I get harassed every day on Twitter [by Jets fans], and I barely even tweet,” the star cornerback said. “And you just get tired of it. You’ve got to have a backbone, because guys are saying, ‘F–k you!’ and ‘I want to kill you!’ It’s crazy, but I’ve been getting death threats from them since my first holdout [in 2010]. It’s just bitter Jets fans.”

Revis admitted that he was annoyed by the Jets fan who asked him if he would rather be making $12 million and winning in New York as opposed to $16 million and losing in Tampa earlier this month. The 28-year-old’s response made it sound like he only cares about money.

“I said what I said, and I meant it — to that particular person,” Revis said. “It don’t have to be toward the New York Jets or nothing. They’re trying to say I’m money hungry, but I’m not really concerned about that. I used to play in New York, so I’m used to getting booed. I’m a pro about that, and that’s nothing I’m concerned about.”

He added that the people who are close to him know how badly he wants to win a Super Bowl, which is all that matters. Revis also said he has hardly paid attention to what the Jets have done this season. He said New York fans should do the same with him.

“They’re still not over the fact that I’m not there no more, and they give me crap all the time on Twitter,” he said. “It don’t help with the record [the Buccaneers have], but at the same time, just let it go. I’m not there no more, Jets fans. I’m not there. When I left, I left with class. I didn’t leave saying, ‘Eff the Jets organization’ or anything like that. You’ve got to move on.”

To an extent, Revis is right. It doesn’t really matter if he forced his way out of New York or if the Jets didn’t want him anymore. Their team is currently 5-4 and in the playoff hunt. It’s time to leave the past in the past.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Darrelle Revis would rather make more money and lose with Bucs than play for Jets

Darrelle-RevisDarrelle Revis has had a quiet first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the team is 0-8 and could be the worst in the NFL. Some of it has to do with the fact that Tampa Bay has insisted on playing zone coverages when they have one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the game at their disposal.

Whatever the case, Revis is perfectly content where he is. He signed a six-year, $96 million deal with the Bucs last year after being traded, which is far more than the Jets were willing to pay. Meanwhile, the Jets improved to 5-4 on Sunday with a win over the New Orleans Saints. Revis doesn’t seem to care.

Hey, at least he’s honest. We like to think professional athletes care more about winning than money, but that’s usually not the case. It’s probably not that difficult to lay your head on the pillow at night when you’re making $1 million per game, regardless of your team’s record.

H/T Shutdown Corner