March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Darrelle Revis was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who a year ago gave the All-Pro cornerback a six-year, $96 million contract after acquiring him in a trade with the New York Jets.
The Denver Broncos continued their defensive overhaul by signing free-agent defensive end DeMarcus Ware to a three-year contract, a day after the Dallas Cowboys released their career sacks leader. The moves come on the second day of the National Football League’s free agency period.
Revis, 28, returned from a torn knee ligament to start all 16 games for the Buccaneers last season and had two interceptions. He was set to make $16 million in 2014 for the Buccaneers, who are coming off a 4-12 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,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said in a statement.
Revis’s release comes after the Buccaneers and former Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner agreed to a four-year contract that NFL.com says is worth $26.5 million.
Revis, who made $16 million last season under a contract that included no guaranteed money, now becomes a free agent.
The Buccaneers today signed free-agent quarterback Josh McCown, who threw 13 touchdown passes and one interception in eight games for the Chicago Bears last season while filling in for the injured Jay Cutler.
Ware, who totaled 117 sacks over nine seasons with the Cowboys, joined Denver a day after the Broncos signing two other Pro Bowl defenders -- cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward. Ware’s three-year deal is worth $30 million, with $20 million guaranteed, NFL.com said. Ware is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he had six sacks after averaging 15 1/2 over his first eight NFL seasons.
“I feel like what they’re doing with this organization is a perfect fit for me,” Ware said at a news conference. “One of the things that they have missing is pass-rushing.”
The Cleveland Browns today released quarterback Brandon Weeden, two years after selecting him with the 22nd pick in the 2012 draft. Weeden, 30, had an 0-5 record as a starter last season after going 5-10 as a rookie.
“The circumstances in which he found himself were not easy for him or the team,” Browns General Manager Ray Farmer said. “After discussions with Brandon and his agent, we’d like to give him the ability to pursue other opportunities.”
The Detroit Lions added free-agent wide receiver Golden Tate, who had a team-leading 64 receptions for 898 yards and five touchdowns for the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks last season. Tate agreed to a five-year contract.
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