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Bucs' Darrelle Revis drawing interest from other teams

Just after landing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' general manager job, Jason Licht called it "comical" to think that cornerback Darrelle Revis isn't a fit for Lovie Smith's defense.

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has reported Smith has big plans for Revis, who absolutely has a future in Tampa.

Members of other teams remain unconvinced that the Buccaneers' new regime values Revis as much as the previous one, which surrendered the No. 13 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft in exchange for the shutdown corner.

More than one team has made preliminary inquiries into potentially trading for Revis, Rapoport reported Tuesday, per two people familiar with the Bucs' situation. No offers were made, per Rapoport, and it's not apparent that any of the interest was real.

Jason La Canfora of first reported on the inquiries.

Whereas New York Jets coach Rex Ryan built his defense around Revis erasing the opposing team's No. 1 receiver, Smith's system relies more on zone coverage.

Shedding Revis' salary also makes sense for a young team that could use extra cap space and draft picks to build up the roster.

Ultimately, though, there's more smoke than fire here.

Revis earns at least $6 million more annually than any other cornerback in the game. Even with his successful return from knee reconstruction, no team other than the one that dealt for him last season would pay him at that exorbitant rate.

One team rooting against a Revis trade? The Jets. If Revis is not on the Bucs roster on March 13, the Jets receive a fourth-round draft pick as opposed to a third-rounder as partial compensation for last year's swap.

Although rival executives believe Revis is "ripe to be dealt," the odds are against that Jets draft pick slipping a round.

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