While 21 of the top 25 players in CBSSports.com's free-agent tracker have agreed to terms on new deals, Darrelle Revis, still under contract with the Jets, remains the biggest name on the market. There were reports last week that the Bucs were this close to trading for Revis. And though it didn't happen, it could.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported Thursday that the Jets-Bucs Revis trade talks could resume at the NFL's owners meeting next week.
"New York is trying to get a first-round pick as part of the compensation," La Canfora wrote, "and the sides could get creative in how they structure the deal, with provisions that would elevate a future draft pick based on Revis' production."
In the meantime, Revis remains on the Jets' roster. By virtue of that fact, and thanks to a clause in his contract, the cornerback earned a $1 million roster bonus on Saturday. He won't receive the money until later in the year, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini, but it counts against the Jets' salary cap all the same.
Put another way: even if the Jets ship Revis out of town in the coming days, they're still on the hook for Saturday's $1 million bonus. Revis is also set to receive a $1 million workout bonus in late June and $1 million reporting bonus in July.
The former first-round pick has one year remaining on his contract and will make $6 million, but La Canfora notes that Revis could be looking to become the league's highest paid cornerback. But he's also coming off an ACL injury, which could understandably could affect his value.
"I don't think (the relatively modest deals other cornerbacks have gotten in free agency affects Revis' value)," one AFC salary-cap expert told CBSSports.com's Clark Judge. "The issue is his knee. If, in fact, he's the best cornerback in the game -- the game-changing cornerback that he's supposed to be -- then people will pay him like the best in the game.
"But the issue is the knee. If you don't know that he's a game changer, then I don't think you can pay premium dollar."