UPDATED 2:57 p.m. 3/11/14
After being linked to possible trade talks for three-time All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis earlier on Tuesday, the Oakland Raiders are reportedly not in the mix for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Cleveland Browns are still exploring the idea of trading for Revis—who has five years and $80 million remaining on his contract—but the Raiders will not pursue it.
Tampa Bay is expected to either trade or release Revis by 1 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, when he will be owed a $1.5 million roster bonus and the conditional draft pick the team traded to the New York Jets to acquire Revis will go from a fourth-rounder up to a third-round choice.
Earlier in the day, the Oakland Raiders had reportedly emerged as a candidate to deal for Revis.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported via Twitter:
#Raiders are strong players in Darrelle Revis sweepstakes, along with Browns, according to league sources
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 11, 2014
Reports began to circulate on Monday that the Buccaneers were shopping Revis and the five years and $80 million remaining on his contract and that Tampa Bay could opt to release Revis rather than take the $16 million salary cap hit in 2014.
Oakland had more than enough cap space to take on Revis, even via a trade, but it’s not certain whether Revis—a three-time All-Pro who was traded by the New York Jets to the Bucs last spring—has any interest in coming to the Black Hole.
Revis had two interceptions, two forced fumbles, 11 passes defensed and 50 tackles in 16 games for the Bucs last season, his first after an ACL tear cost him all but two games in 2012. He was the 14th overall pick by the Jets out of Pittsburgh in 2007 and has 21 career interceptions.