“We’re Not Done Yet”March 12th, 2014
Bucs general manager Jason Licht spoke with the Bucs pen and mic club today following the introductory press conference for the newest Buccaneers. Licht discussed how the signings came about and he made a clear connection to the contract of all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis’ departure “has nothing to do with the system,” Licht said. “It had nothing to do with the system. You saw the four (new Bucs) here, and you saw the transaction adding the new quarterback. We are not done yet. We wouldn’t have been able to have done [added the free agents] if certain transactions had happened.”
The vague reference to a transaction that was not executed was keeping Revis. In short, Licht said slicing Revis’s $16 million annual salary off the books gave him the luxury of bolstering the roster of the 4-12 Bucs.
“We have all the respect in the world for Darrelle,” Licht said. “He’s a very good player and we wish him the best. He will continue to be a very good player.
“We exhausted all avenues. We just came up empty.”
Licht described his relationship with Team Revis as “amicable … but not amicable enough” in order to keep Revis with a salary that the Bucs could work with.
“They made the best decision for Darrelle and we think we made the best decision for the Buccaneers.”
Licht also said it was “safe to say” one or more of the new Bucs would not be under the employ of Team Glazer had the Bucs elected to keep Revis.
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