(TAMPA, Fla.) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday.
The Bucs acquired Revis from the New York Jets before last year’s NFL draft, in which they sent their 2013 first-round selection and their 2014 fourth-rounder selection. In 16 games, he recorded 50 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack.
“We would like to thank Darrelle for his time and effort with our organization last year,” said Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “Darrelle showed a lot of heart last year as he worked extremely hard to get himself back on the field following his knee injury sustained the previous season. We have specific ideas regarding the best way to build this defense and, while you never like to lose a good player, we believe this is in the best interests of our team moving forward. Darrelle was a true professional here in Tampa Bay and we wish him continued success in his career.”
After acquiring Revis, Tampa Bay gave him a six-year, $96 million contract. He was set to earn $16 million this season.
Late Wednesday night, ESPN reported Revis and the New England Patriots agreed to a one-year contract, worth $12 million. The deal is pending a physical.
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