by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/11/14) The Buccaneers seem intent on moving corner Darrelle Revis in the coming days, but they made sure to lock up a replacement before doing so. The team agreed to terms on a four-year, $26 million deal with free agent corner Alterraun Verner Tuesday, according to FOXSports.com.
Verner finished the 2013 season with a career-high five interceptions and two fumble recoveries, while adding 57 tackles.
Trade appears unlikely for Darrelle Revis
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/11/14) Though the Buccaneers placed defensive back Darrelle Revis on the trade block, a trade is starting to look unlikely according to NFL.com Tuesday. Though a few possible suitors popped up, it seems like the Bucs' low asking price could not be met.
The next step is likely to come Wednesday, as the Buccaneers have to have Revis off the roster by 4 p.m. or a conditional fourth-round draft pick due to the Jets becomes a third-rounder. Revis appears likely to hit the open market as a free agent before that occurs.
Darrelle Revis' days numbered in Tampa Bay?
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/10/14) The Buccaneers are expected to cut star defensive back Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. ET Wednesday if they cannot find a trade partner, according to a report from ESPN on Monday.
Revis has a $1.5 million roster bonus due on Wednesday. He was traded from the Jets to Tampa Bay for the 13th pick in last year's draft (Sheldon Richardson) and a conditional fourth round pick in this year's draft. That fourth rounder would become a third round pick for the Jets if Revis is still on the roster after 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Revis returned from ACL surgery to play in all 16 games with Tampa Bay last season, recording 50 total tackles and two interceptions in 16 starts.
Contribution from Da'Quan Bowers would be a bonus
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/6/14) The Buccaneers' new coaching staff says it has high hopes for defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, but "it will be a bonus" if the team gets any meaningful contribution from him moving forward, reports ESPN.com. Bothered by a knee problem last season, Bowers had seven tackles and a sack in 13 games and was unable to hold a starting job.
Buccaneers' defense could spark turnaround
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/29/14) New general manager Jason Licht thinks the Buccaneers' defense could jumpstart a quick turnaround in Tampa Bay.
“We have a lot of core players on this team that I am very excited about — (defensive tackle) Gerald McCoy, (linebacker) Lavonte David, (cornerback) Darrelle Revis and (safety) Dashon Goldson, just to name a few,'' Licht said, per the Tampa Tribune. “I don't think we're far away.''
The Bucs, who finished 4-12, ranked 17th in total yards allowed and 21st in points allowed in 2013. New head coach Lovie Smith is a respected defensive mind who should mold this unit into a force.
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Tampa Bay's run defense was excellent in 2012, but its pass defense left a lot to be desired. The Bucs allowed just 1,320 rush yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground over 16 games but yielded over 4,700 passing yards and 30 scores through the air. Hence why the team acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis from the Jets and drafted Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks while bringing back corner Eric Wright, in addition to signing Dashon Goldson to play safety. The secondary, at least on paper, is one of the best in the league (don't forget safety Mark Barron) but questions persist about how much work they'll deal with given the lack of an established pass rush. The Bucs will welcome back pass rusher Adrian Clayborn, who missed most of the 2012 campaign with a knee injury and have Da'Quan Bowers in the fold there too. If both players play to their potential then this defense, complete with a quality defensive line including Gerald McCoy and a great pair of linebackers in Lavonte David and Mason Foster, then this defense could be among the best in the league. A great Week 1 matchup at the Jets also gives some appeal but matchups against the Saints and Patriots in Weeks 2 and 3 will make them difficult to start. They also play several other tough offenses along the way. If you're the kind of Fantasy owner to draft multiple DSTs then the Bucs should make your list. If you prefer to take one DST, which is typical, the Bucs will be the team you draft for Week 1 and either bench or cut because of tough matchups thereafter. (Updated 5/15/13)