Reports: Raiders pursuing trade for CB Darrelle Revis

Reports: Raiders pursuing trade for CB Darrelle Revis
March 11, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Darrelle Revis' contract earns him $16 million every year through the 2018 season. (USATSI)

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed star cornerback Darrelle Revis on the trading block, and the Raiders are reportedly a player to acquire his services.

That fact was reported late Tuesday morning by the San Francisco Chronicle and confirmed by several national outlets. The Buccaneers are expected to release Revis by Friday afternoon if they can’t trade for him. The Cleveland Browns are also trying to trade for Revis. 

The Raiders could insure they get the shutdown corner’s services via trade as opposed to competing in the open market. The Buccaneers are reportedly asking for a mid-round draft pick in exchange for Revis.

Revis is scheduled to make $16 million in each remaining season of a contract that runs through the 2018 season. It would eat into the Raiders cash spending, a good thing considering the Raiders have work to do to reach the salary floor. The Raiders must spend 89 percent of the cap total over the course of four seasons, from 2013-2016.

Whether it’s a good idea or not is another matter. Revis is primarily a press-man coverage corner -- like Nnamdi Ashomugha -- which is not an ideal fit for Tampa Bay’s zone coverage scheme. That said, Revis is an elite cover corner and would certainly be an asset to a Raiders defense that struggled against the pass and doesn’t have much cornerback talent outside 2013 first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden.