The clock is ticking in Tampa, where the Buccaneers reportedly will cut cornerback Darrelle Revis absent a trade concluded by 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, no resolution is expected on Tuesday night.
A resolution must come on Wednesday, and the options are simple. The Bucs will trade him, or they’ll cut him.
With each passing hour, it becomes harder to trade him. And it becomes more likely that the only teams that would acquire Revis and his $16 million annual contract are those teams that stand no chance of luring him on the open market, where he’s likely to land with a contending team sporting a franchise quarterback.
The Browns are the only team believed to be interested in a trade. The team’s level of interest isn’t known.
In turn, the player’s level of interest in playing for the Browns isn’t known. Presumably, the Browns want him only if he wants to be there. If that’s the only way Revis gets $16 million for 2014, there’s no reason to think he wouldn’t want to be there.