A disappointing 4-12 a season ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers likely have as many new players for 2014 as any team in the NFL. Among the departed from last year’s squad is elite cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was released in March.
Head coach Lovie Smith told Buccaneers.com this week that parting with Revis was a difficult decision, but the move got the team out from under a contract that was required to pay Revis as much as $16 million in 2014.
“It was not an easy decision because Darrelle’s a great player. But he’s not the only great player in the league,” Smith said. “We just felt like we needed, instead of having one great player we thought we could get three. Instead of having one real good player, we felt like we could get three real good players.”
While Smith didn’t specify the players signed with the space created by Revis’ departure, the Buccaneers were very active in free agency during the offseason. Among the free agents joining the team this year are cornerback Alterraun Verner (who signed one day before Revis was released), defensive end Michael Johnson, offensive tackle Anthony Collins and quarterback Josh McCown.
With training camp less than a week away and Revis set to roam the secondary for the New England Patriots this season, it’s only a matter of time before Smith and the Bucs' front office find out if the key personnel move delivers the expected returns.
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