The Patriots landed arguably their biggest free agent signing in franchise history yesterday, as they brought in cornerback Darrelle Revis, on what we assumed was a one year deal.
But we recently found out that it is not in fact a one year deal, although if no extension is worked out, he will probably end up being cut after one year.
Here are the details: (via ESPN Boston)
But for salary-cap accounting purposes, and to protect Revis from being assigned the franchise tag in 2015, the sides have added a second year to the pact in 2015 that would pay Revis $20 million and count $25 million against the salary cap.
The $20 million is an astronomical figure, as is the $25 million cap charge. That makes it unlikely the Patriots would pay it, thus making Revis an unrestricted free agent in 2015 or one of the highest-paid players in football.
The second year helps the Patriots spread out the salary-cap charges for Revis over two seasons instead of taking one $12 million salary-cap hit in 2014. Revis’ cap charge for 2014 is now $7 million.
So technically, this is a two year contract, but as Mike Reiss states, $20 million is beyond ridiculous. So he would probably be cut, unless of course, the two sides can work out a long term deal.