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NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Cowboys, Giants, & Patriots

Buccaneers

Roy Cummings of the Tampa Bay Tribune writes that the guaranteed money owned to offseason acquisitions DE Michael Johnson and OT Anthony Collins doesn’t necessarily prohibit the Buccaneers from cutting either player outright next year.

Neither player has lived up to expectations in their first year in Tampa Bay, which could prompt the Bucs to look for long-term replacements in next year’s NFL draft.

Cowboys

Giants

  • OL Geoff Schwartz was carted off the field with a sprained left ankle in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

Patriots

Karen Guregian believes the the Patriots would be wise to pay CB Darrelle Revis as they can’t afford to allow a shutdown corner to depart as a free agent next year.

The Patriots will have to decide whether or not they should pick up Revis’ $25 million option next year. That’s a staggering sum of money to pay any player let alone a cornerback. However, if the Pats do not pick up Revis’ 2015 option, he would be able to test the open market as they will not be able to use their franchise tag on him.

Guregian suggests that New England should try to get a long-term extension worked out with Revis that will pay him a more reasonable annual salary in the coming years. According to Guregian, offering Revis close to $15 million or $16 million per year should probably be enough to get a deal done.