As part of the deal that sent Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bucs signed a six-year, $96 million dollar contract with the cornerback, making him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history.
There's a catch, however. Revis' new contract does not include any guaranteed money, an unusual move for a player of Revis' talent level. It's a smart move for the Bucs, though, as they won't be on the hook for anything if Revis is hit by injuries again. He's currently rehabbing from a torn ACL.
Details of the contract are now emerging -- Revis will earn $16 million per year; $13 million of that is the base salary, with the rest coming in roster and workout bonuses.
Each year of Revis six-year contract: $1.5 roster bonus, $1.5 million workout bonus, $13 million base salary— Gary Myers (@garymyersNYDN) April 21, 2013
The Bucs finalized their trade of Revis on Sunday, ending months of speculation. They gave up their 2013 first-round pick and a conditional 2014 pick. It's a potential steal of a trade if Revis can get healthy and perform like an elite CB again.