Darrelle Revis is now officially a Buccaneer, but it didn’t come cheap. He signed a six-year, $96 million contract that will pay him a tidy $16 million a year. It makes him, by far, the highest-paid player in franchise history and ties him with Buffalo’s Mario Williams for the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. But this contract, while enormously expensive, actually works well for the Bucs to an extent. Meanwhile, it’s not exactly perfect for Revis, either. That’s because Revis’ contract contains no guaranteed money. Not a penny. Why would he agree to such a deal? Because Revis almost certainly would have had to take less money annually under a deal that included significant guarantees, especially considering his recently-repaired knee injury. Under the deal that Revis ultimately signed, the Bucs have significant insurance against knee problems or overall declining performance. Tampa Bay will have to pay him more than it wants to, but the team can cut Revis at any point during the deal and not be exposed to salary-cap implications in future years. Structuring a deal this way was the only way the Bucs would have committed this much money to Revis on an annual basis.
Why Darrelle Revis gambled, accepting nonguaranteed deal from Bucs
Tampa Bay Times | Apr 22