Bucs will cut CB Darrelle Revis

The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

The game's best cornerback will be a free agent, and a bidding war is expected to take place.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not get the trade partners they were hoping to get when they offered up cornerback Darrelle Revis and his $16 million base salary for 2014.

They will end up releasing Revis, barely over a year after trading a first-round and fourth-round pick for him.

Revis, known for a high level of ability and an even higher level of maintenance from a contract standpoint, will play for his third team in three seasons when he is processed and formally becomes a free agent.

Expect the market to heat up for him very quickly, as his youth and incredible production and ability make him consistently one of the top defensive players in the game. The problem, as it always is with Revis, is his contract. He's had multiple contract disputes since becoming the 14th overall pick of the New York Jets in 2007, one spot ahead of the Steelers. It has since been rumored the Steelers wanted to take Revis with the 15th pick, but the Jets worked out a trade with the Carolina Panthers for the 14th spot. Revis is from Alaquippa, Pa., just south of Pittsburgh.

Don't expect any kind of hometown discount or reunion with the University of Pittsburgh product, though. The Steelers aren't anywhere near to having the kind of cap space a team has needed to keep him on its roster. That isn't likely to change now, either.

Revis's signing will likely jump-start the sunken cornerback market that appears to be on hold until the Bucs formalize his release and he eventually signs somewhere.

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