Revis trade doesn't materialize

March, 12, 2014
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The Browns pursued cornerback Darrelle Revis via trade, but nothing was completed because Revis would not agree to a pay cut, according to several reports.

The Browns made an effort, though.

The odd thing is Revis may wind up taking a bigger pay cut (he would have made $13 million in Tampa Bay), but he'll be able to choose the team that pays him.

The Bucs are expected to release Revis this afternoon to avoid paying a $1.5 million roster bonus. At that point any team in the league can sign him, including the Browns. The chatter has him going to New England.

For the Browns the challenge in signing him increases due to the competition.

However, the Browns now can officially sell Revis on joining a potentially outstanding secondary that would include him, Joe Haden and Donte Whitner. It's been a long time since the Browns could sell something that appealing.

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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