By Dory LeBlanc
Late Wednesday afternoon, the Bucs released Darrelle Revis; hours later the Patriots signed him.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, New England signed the one-year Buccaneer to a one-year, $12 million dollar deal four and a half hours after the Bucs made his release official.
CB Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014
Last April, the Jets traded Revis to the Bucs for 2013's first round draft pick and this year's third-rounder, which became a fourth-round selection because Revis was not on the roster as of 4:01 pm.
At the time Tampa Bay made the initial trade for Revis, they were boasting the league's worst pass defense and bringing in arguably the NFL's best shutdown corner, even though he was coming off ACL surgery, made sense at the time for then-head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik.
Under new GM Jason Licht and Head Coach Lovie Smith, they clearly felt the $16 million (base salary and bonuses) Revis was set to make in 2014 would be better spent on multiple free agents.
Last season, Revis recorded 50 tackles, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and a sack en route to his fifth Pro Bowl.