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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Bucs cut Revis; no pick upgrade for Jets

By Rich Cimini

The book is now closed on the Darrelle Revis trade.

As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the star cornerback before a 4 p.m. Wednesday deadline, meaning they owe the New York Jets a fourth-round pick (No. 100 overall), not a third rounder, in the May draft.

If the Bucs had waited until Thursday, the third day of the league year, it would've been a third-round pick (No. 69) to the Jets, per the agreement from last April's trade. The Bucs also would've owed him a $1.5 million roster bonus if they had waited.

Now Revis is a free agent. Let the bidding begin.

In the end, the Jets received first- and fourth-round picks for their former star. They used the first rounder (No. 13) on defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, although it's not quite accurate to say it was a Revis-for-Richardson swap. If the Jets had kept Revis, they almost certainly would've picked Richardson with their other first-round choice (No. 9) instead of a cornerback replacement, Dee Milliner.

You can argue it both ways. That's what makes sports so compelling. The Revis trade will be debated for many years.