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As expected, Buccaneers release Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, center, sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


The Buccaneers are doing business in bulk, but their biggest move is ending with a whimper.

The anticipated release of cornerback Darrelle Revis is now official. The team announced the move on Wednesday.

In the end, the Bucs weren’t going to get a trade with Revis unwilling to renegotiate his deal, despite many teams getting in touch.

Now, he’s free to negotiate his own new deal, with the Patriots figuring to be high on the list.

That makes for an expensive rehab assignment for the Bucs, who spent $16 million and two picks (last year’s 13th overall and this year’s fourth-rounder) for the privilege of a not-full speed Revis in a miscast role under Greg Schiano.