New England Patriots Free Agency: The Darrelle Revis Situation


Coming into this offseason, I thought the New England Patriots had to do two things to make free agency successful: re-sign Devin McCourty, and bring back Darrelle Revis.

That’s it.

If they can do that, I’m good. I don’t care what happens after that, they will be ready to contend for another Super Bowl championship. They have already locked up McCourty for the next five years, so now all of our attention has been focused on Revis.

Today marks the official beginning of free agency (4 PM ET), and since the Pats have declined to pick up Revis’ massive $20 million option (which was expected), he will become a free agent if the two sides cannot come to an agreement before the deadline. The Patriots can still talk to Revis before then, since he is technically still under contract, and my hope is they will strike a deal before he hits the open market.

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Multiple reports have indicated Revis is down to just two teams, one of which is your New England Patriots, and the other is the hated New York Jets. My thought process is this: if Revis just wants to chase one last huge contract, and only wants the money, it would be hard to see him back in New England in 2015. The Jets have a lot of cap space to work with, and it sounds like they are gearing up for a big run at number 24. However if Revis wants to continue to play in a winning culture, and maybe add a ring or two to his collection, staying a Patriot would be much more likely.

By saying that I don’t mean for one second that he won’t get paid in New England, because that is just false. The Patriots know they will have to come up with a good sum of cash to keep Revis, even when you take into consideration the winning culture that has been set in Foxboro. However if Revis is willing to take a small hometown discount to make another run at the title, he will be in a Patriots uniform in 2015.

This whole process is fascinating, and I can’t wait to see how it will play out. If everything goes well for the Pats, he will ink an extension with the team before the deadline, so he is locked up before the free agent frenzy gives Patriots fans a heart attack. Of course the more likely scenario is Revis will hit the open market, weight his options, then make a final decision.

Revis….please stay.