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Darrelle Revis released by the Buccaneers

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Darelle Revis' short stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is over already after it was confirmed that he had been released by the franchise after just 12 months.

The three-time Pro Bowl pick would have made $16 million in 2014 were he not let go by the Bucs, while the conditional 2014 fourth-round draft pick Tampa Bay traded to the New York Jets last year would have turned into a third-round pick in this year's draft.

"We would like to thank Darrelle for his time and effort with our organization last year,” said Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht.

“Darrelle showed a lot of heart last year as he worked extremely hard to get himself back on the field following his knee injury sustained the previous season.

"We have specific ideas regarding the best way to build this defense and, while you never like to lose a good player, we believe this is in the best interests of our team moving forward. Darrelle was a true professional here in Tampa Bay and we wish him continued success in his career.”

Revis featured in all of Tampa Bay's 16 regular season games but failed to really get going - although his departure is more likely to do with shifting him off the wage bill. The 28-year-old earned $16 million in 2013.

While one cornerback may have left, In more positive news for Bucs fans, Alterraun Verner was tied down to a four-year contract worth $26.5 million, with $14 million in guarantees Tuesday.

Revis is unlikely to be without a team for too long, and is now the number one overall free agent on the market.

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