His name appeared on the NFL’s transactions, one of five veteran players whose contracts were terminated on Wednesday. He was listed like any other player released: last name, first name, with his school and position. His former team’s name — Tampa Bay — sat atop his name on the page.
And when “Revis, Darrelle, DB Pittsburgh” officially showed up on the list of cuts, the beginning of 2014 league year was materially altered.
Now free to sign with any other club, Revis, the star cornerback whom the Buccaneers released Wednesday, becomes the top available player on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100, besting Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who now holds the second spot on the list.
Revis’ entry into free agency adds a marquee name to a continually dwindling list of starter-caliber players. It also has a material effect on the market for other cornerbacks. Whenever Revis signs, there’s one less starting job to take — and there’s a nice piece of some team’s salary-cap space gone.
Revis is one of seven players we’ve added to the Hot 100. Another ex-Buccaneer, guard Davin Joseph, is now on the list, as is ex-Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley.
We also added former Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who was on the market for less than 24 hours before landing with Denver. Consider his inclusion a matter of record.
And consider Revis’ inclusion an extraordinary event — a skilled cover cornerback not yet even 29 years old hitting the market on the second day of free agency.