Breer: Surviving free agency
Free agency is filled with potential pitfalls. Albert Breer gets the lowdown on how successful teams approach the market. **READ**
There have been rumblings for weeks that Smith's status in Carolina was not secure. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera couldn't answer direct questions about Smith's future at the NFL Scouting Combine. But we know it was still jarring and emotional for Panthers fans to see that the team is trying to dump the greatest player in franchise history. We'd be stunned if the Panthers got anything in return for Smith; he's much more likely to be released.
Revis, meanwhile, is on his way to joining his third organization in as many years. Rapoport reported that the Buccaneers are looking to deal Revis and his $16 million salary. They know it's an uphill battle. Any team that's interested would have to work out compensation with Tampa and likely negotiate a new contract with Revis. No one wants to pay him $16 million next season, especially the Buccaneers.
It's a stunning admission of a failed trade by Tampa, but new general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith inherited Revis' contract. They don't believe he's worth $4 million more than any other cornerback in the league.
Still, any team interested would have to work out a new contract for Revis quickly. The clock is ticking and there's a lot going on this time of year.
Speaking of which: Here's what else we learned Monday:
And remember: This was day *before *the real madness starts. See you Tuesday.