Talk in New England of Darrelle Revis returning to the Patriots

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Darrelle Revis is currently without a team after the Jets decided he was no longer worth the significant money he’s accustomed to making. But could a team known for getting the most out of aging veterans bring Revis back?

Both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald have stories today suggesting that the Patriots may sign Revis.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick got the most out of Revis during his one year in New England, in 2014, but Belichick then decided that Revis wasn’t worth the money in 2015. The Jets then decided — wrongly, it turned out — that Revis was still worth one more big-money, long-term contract.

So would Belichick want Revis back? Certainly not at anything close to the money Revis has made for most of his career. At a bargain price, however, Belichick would probably be interested in adding some veteran depth to his secondary, especially when it’s a player who has shown that he can play in the Patriots’ defense.

But why would Revis want to play at a bargain price? The Jets are on the hook to pay Revis $6 million, less anything he makes from another team. Which means that if Revis plays for less than $6 million, he’s effectively playing for free.

There is, however, the possibility that Revis still wants to play because he’s a competitor, and because he wants to prove the doubters wrong. If that’s the case, what better team to go to than the favorites to win the Super Bowl?

107 responses to “Talk in New England of Darrelle Revis returning to the Patriots

  1. Why, does Darelle want to do Brady and Belichick another ‘big favor’? No thanks. If NOrleans can’t come to terms with Butler, they don’t need him anyway.

  2. I am a diehard Pats fan from Mass, and i have been living away from there for the past 12 years…but how in the hell would that make sense?!

    Stephen Gilmore, Rowe, D-Mac, Coleman, Duron Harmon, maybe Butler, Patrick Chung, Cyrus Jones, Johnathan Joseph What good would Revis do?!

    Ben Volin and Ron Borges must be bored to post this rubbish. He would be a 3rd down player in nickel packages. That is a waste.

  3. This story is really about Malcolm Butler and reinforcing the fact to his agent that as an RFA he has no leverage. NFL PA lost the C AT&T and this is the reality of it.

  4. Which means that if Revis plays for less than $6 million, he’s effectively playing for free.
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    That might be one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read…

  5. By your logic, he’s playing for free no matter what. No one is going to pay him more than $6m, and he can’t make less, because the Jets are on the hook.

    So he’s putting $6m in the bank whether he decides to play or go fishing. No more, no less. Why not play for a team that knows how to use you, where you get to play the Jets twice, and you might win a Super Bowl?

  6. This looks like media smoke and sounds like the dreaded “hot takes” for Boston’s 2 sports-radio stations.

    That having been said, we all know that BB wouldn’t do this just because it would create fan talk and make the team “relevent”. BB would do it if he honestly felt that Revis had something to contribute (and as a safety). And if it does happen, BB would have no qualms at all about cutting him in training camp. THAT would be the end of Revis (like it was the end of Tebow).

  7. If the Jets are on the hook for his salary, he would have no motivation or fear of being fined or disciplined. He wouldn’t “have” to be on time, or abide by team rules. It to much of an unknown to chance ruining the locker room for a once great, but no longer, player. No thanks.

  8. Serious Question for you:

    If Revis signs with New England for a base of 4.5, Jets are on the hook for the remaining 1.5, correct?

    Then wouldn’t it make sense for him to sign for the league veteran minimum so your current team can spend that extra money on trying to win another ring? As a side bonus, the Jets cap space would take the majority of the hit for this year.

  9. we dont need this arrogant head case screwing up our locker room. we got what we wanted out of this tool. skills have declined way too much to be a member of the best organization in the nfl. mccourty has shown he can play corner in a pinch, and we can move on with eric rowe justin coleman and stephen gilmore and cyrus jones, plus we may keep butler so……

  10. .
    If Revis retires now, he goes out as the poster child for the league’s check cashers. If he returns to the Patriots and turns in a solid performance, even in a supporting role, he has a chance to revise his legacy. Belichick once took retread Terrell Buckley and turned him into an interception machine as a floater in the secondary.
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  11. The only part of either story that passed the sniff test was Guregian making the point that Revis has a history of playing for his next contract. Coming to NE where he would be put in the best position to succeed and thereby showcase himself for another payday may be one of the few reasons Revis would consider playing ‘for free.’ Just keep in mind you can throw any thought of converting him to safety out the window. Belichick has gone on record as saying Revis’ skillset doesn’t translate to safety, a position the Pats are quite strong at in any case.

  12. There are ways around the six mill guarantee, he could play for the minimum this year, with the Jets paying the rest, and have a two year contract with guaranteed money next year.

  13. If Butler was signed away or traded away, Revis wouldn’t beat out Rowe for the 2nd corner spot. Revis and Rowe, neither would fit in the slot. Gilmore, ideally, should also not be in the slot role. It’s hard then to have a backup outside corner (effectively a 4th corner) who isn’t going to be on special teams. I could see him as an emergency option for an injury to Rowe or Gilmore, but I’d have a hard time seeing him on the roster as a backup corner. As for safety, Pats are deep at that position. He’d be competing with Richards as the 4th safety but who again doesn’t play special teams.

  14. Mevi$ only cares about one thing. And he ain’t getting it from New England. This is fake “news.”

  15. Unless he comes incredibly cheap, I don’t want him. Not only was he terrible last year, but even when he played for the Pats I thought he dogged it on a lot of plays. I would take a highly competitive spirit and good talent (Malcolm Butler) over superior talent and somebody who waves bye-bye to an opponent as soon as they get half a step on him.

  16. It’s hard to imagine the Patriots would want to bring him back, or that he would be willing to come back for less than the august sum he believes he is worth.

    Like AP, I think Revis honestly believes someone is going to pay him 14 million or something crazy like that.

  17. “Just keep in mind you can throw any thought of converting him to safety out the window. Belichick has gone on record as saying Revis’ skillset doesn’t translate to safety, a position the Pats are quite strong at in any case.”

    Where did you get that? Is this how things go from speculation from a beat writer to an on the record “fact”?

    Not trying to be difficult but I really don’t think BB would go on the record with a comment like that.

  18. He didn’t like working as hard as the Pats do the first time.

    But if he loses 20 pounds and will work hard to do his job its worth giving him an nfl minimum contract for the 90 man roster.

    It would be hilarious if he came back and played well for the Pats with the Jets paying most of his salary, and he went on to get another ring in NE. Especially if the Jets have another horrible season and miss the playoffs again.

  19. I would hate that. After the way Revis treated us and what he had to say about Deflategate, I have no desire to see him on our team. I also hope that the SB ring he won with us, is a most unpleasant memory every time he looks at it.

  20. “still wants to play because he’s a competitor” – ah NO.

    Look at his history. He’s never wanted to play for anything other than money.

    NE better off without him no matter the price.

  21. If he doesn’t play this year, he’s done. if he plays for the league minimum, the Jets pick up the rest. If he has a good year, he could sign 2 years somewhere else for a few million each year. 2017 is dead for getting more money than the Jets are on the hook for, so it makes sense for him.

    League minimum money for the Pats may make sense, too. and if Revis pans out, Belichick can do it while the Jets are paying. That alone is worth giving this scheme a chance

  22. “There is talk” = there is talk among reporters writing on a low news day. Until we hear a statement from either camp that they are exploring it there is no talk really. In fact, hearing it from Revis’s camp is only so-so. Really need to hear from a Patriots source.

  23. Pats fans complain now and when he was cleared of all charges, but if the Patriots end up signing him, it’ll be like Revis is 26 again and the best FA signing in NFL History.

  24. Hey, probably not a good pick up for the Pats but he’d be a great pick for the Chargers. They’ve pretty much botched every single thing they’ve done this offseason. Add Kaps as a backup to Rivers and we’re sure to have the number one pick in 2018!

  25. NO ONE will pay him more than $6MIL.

    Only issue is if he wants to steal $6MIL or play for it with a winner that also gives him playoff performance bonus clauses.

  26. More likely a contingency player if he doesn’t make an NFL roster…the Patriots could bring him back if they lose a cornerback due to injury in training camp or a pre season game.

  27. Aye, Revis acted totally classlessly on his way out the door:
    1) He said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Pats were doing “stuff” like deflategate.
    2) And then sending his mommy to Kaft to pick up the supposedly completely tarnished SB ring from all the cheating he suggested, but studiously avoided actually claiming, might have happened.

  28. Here is what Revis said about Deflategate (referenced in previous posts). I agree with those who say “there is NO WAY” Belichick brings him in after saying this…

    “Everybody’s blowing it up because it is Tom Brady,” Revis told the Daily News Wednesday in his first extended comments on the Deflategate fallout. “I understand that. But if (the NFL) feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that. (The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that.… Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.”

  29. streetyson says:
    Mar 19, 2017 1:09 PM

    He said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Pats were doing “stuff” like deflategate.
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    Many people who were unable to understand 7th grade science shared that opinion.

  30. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 1:20 PM

    2 yard tom would drool for his services!

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    “2 yard tom” is a term used by those who can’t count higher than 2.

  31. Revis was a solid player for the Pats. He played hard and caused no issues. If BB wants him back I’m sure he has a plan for him….even if it is merely to add depth for when others are injured. In Bill we trust.

  32. Two yard Tom is a term used by people with only two brain cells that don’t talk to each other have left.

  33. So here’s what you do if you’re NE. Ask Revis how much he wants the chance to win a SB. If he wants it bad enough sign him for $1 and let the Jets pick up the rest of the tab for this year.

  34. his last great year was 2009

    think about that

    why does this guy get so much attention
    so many years later?

    his last solid year was 2014

    he was either hurt or just solid from 2010-2013
    with a blown out acl in 2012.

    i can still see him grabbing his hammy after being
    dusted by moss in the end zone of week 2 in 2010.

    arguably the most overrated player in nfl history

    and he’s not a hall of famer either

    3 great years is not enough

  35. Okay Pats fans, how much glee would it give us if Belichick kicked Revis to the curb on the final cut thereby hindering his chances to catch on with another team? Serves the backstabbing mercenary right!!

  36. papatoad says:
    Mar 19, 2017 1:36 PM

    So here’s what you do if you’re NE. Ask Revis how much he wants the chance to win a SB. If he wants it bad enough sign him for $1 and let the Jets pick up the rest of the tab for this year.

    and YES that is sarcasm!!:-)

  37. Would be nice for fans of the NFL if the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season was publicized prior to the 2017 NFL draft.

    Otherwise it will again appear like it did during the 2016 NFL Draft that Roger Goodell and the NFL took away Patriots draft picks in an effort to fix games.

  38. Every team ends up needing to use 4-5 CBs over the course of a season, even if only for a few plays. If NE thinks he still has anything left, and would be better than their other options for 4th or 5th CB, and he will play for little salary, then I could see them bringing him in. Or, maybe they just let him know they may have an interest if they have an injury during the season, and keep him in mind for later.

    Either way, it seems the Pats are gearing up for another run. Could this upcoming season really be Brady’s last run? I know he has said he wants to play longer, but another SB win could change that. Far be it from NE to play a little subterfuge.

  39. The team needs to get faster not slower. Revis isn’t even close to the quickest and fastest safety on the depth chart let alone corner. This is the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald going for clicks. I won’t even bother to read their stories so I want to thank ProFootballTalk for consolidating it so I don’t have to.

  40. superpatsfan5 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 1:52 PM

    The team needs to get faster not slower. Revis isn’t even close to the quickest and fastest safety on the depth chart let alone corner.
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    The importance of speed was definitely noticed by BB during the 1st half of the Pats last 2 superbowls.

    Pats fans should keep their fingers crossed that corner back Jonathan Jones makes a jump and earns playing time. Jones ran a 4.28 40 at the 2016 NFL combine.

    Now compare that to Revis who posted Combine times of 4.40 and 4.39 seconds many years ago.

  41. Belichick has a history of brining in star players at the end of their career and it has been most successful on the defensive side of the ball.

    Revis fits those criteria but does he still have game? None of us know if he was healthy. Given all if the nickel and dime coverages there may be a role Belechick believes (or is willing to try) Revis and it may only be considered if Butler walks.

    As for his contract, two years with 2017 at $1 and 2018 at $2.5MM with a guaranteed $1MM.

  42. PATS love to connect themselves with controversy. Keep it up. They had a great season this year, but someday BRADY will get hurt or retire and Retreads like REVIS will not bring any more glory to Mr. Kraft and his list of Cheaters, (AARON Hernandez?(Murdere)?, Josh McDaniels, LaGarette Blount, Spygate, Deflate Gate, When will it end!!!. Probably never as long as the NFL allows it to go on.

  43. As a Jets fan, I would be stunned if this happened.

    I mean the film does not lie–Revis wasn’t just bad, he was miserable in both coverage, tackling and attitude.

    Revis was so bad it is hard to know if he can recover. I guess it depends if it was declining skills from age/time or him just not keeping in shape physically or mentally.

    If he gets back in shape and gets some fire back, could he have anything left in the tank? Not a lot of players at Cornerback rebound so late in their careers. And most GMs looked at his film and don’t think so–for a lot of NFL players the drop-off is that dramatic.

    It would be total Jets though if he does sign with patriots for peanuts and returns to form. I just don’t think he’d sign for peanuts and at his age, he isn’t getting another monster contract.

    It would be a much bigger shock if the patriots signed Geno Smith so they could trade Jimmy G for a bunch of picks.

  44. Hopefully Patriots corner back Jonathan Jones is spending his off season at the same training facility that Revis and Butler went to.

    Jones ran a 4.28 40 at the 2016 NFL combine.

  45. IF Butler is traded, then Revis becomes an option. Remember he wouldn’t have to be the Revis who played well in 2014, he’d just have to be as good as Logan Ryan in 2016.

    QUESTION – Even though he could sign for the minimum and let the Jets pay the balance, wouldn’t he count $6MM against the Pats cap?

  46. You forgot 1 other reason: Spite. I’m not saying he’d be right, but Revis might for some strange reason hate the Jets. Yes, he got lots of money from them and it is not a justifiable hate, etc. but people are not logical.

    How better to screw the jets than make them pay for a Patriots CB that beats them twice a year.

  47. tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 12:18 PM
    revis also believed goodell’s lies and called
    brady a cheater

    revis would in no way ever be welcome in
    foxboro ever again
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    Fans are irrelevant, besides, “Jets player spouts off about things he is ignorant about,” surprised you? 🙂

  48. hutch2017 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 2:10 PM

    Spygate, Deflate Gate, When will it end!!!.
    ————————————————————
    They ended before happening.

    • Although occasionally mentioned to this day by crybabies, it was almost 10 years ago that a camera needed to be moved a few feet to comply with a poorly worded memo. The Patriots received a lesson in human nature when they told a petty tyrant that his memo was poorly worded. The Patriots were subsequently over punished when that petty memo writing tyrant got to also be the judge and the jury.

    • The weather explained the drop in PSI for the Patriots footballs and the Colts footballs. Plus the more recent drop in PSI for the Steelers footballs. Footballs can be seen dropping PSI in a video posted online. Just search the popular online video site for the following title: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  49. Pats sign him to a 2 year contract fully back loaded….pay him the league minimum year 1 & the Jets have to pick up balance…. Then kick him to the curb year 2 & watch the Jets overpay for him again because he excelled as a Patriot again & gets a 2nd ring….
    Lol!!!

  50. tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 1:36 PM
    his last great year was 2009

    think about that

    why does this guy get so much attention
    so many years later?

    his last solid year was 2014

    he was either hurt or just solid from 2010-2013
    with a blown out acl in 2012.

    i can still see him grabbing his hammy after being
    dusted by moss in the end zone of week 2 in 2010.

    arguably the most overrated player in nfl history

    and he’s not a hall of famer either

    3 great years is not enough

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    You’re right, but who didn’t Moss beat? Only person I can see rivaling Moss is Deion and even Bobby Bowden said Moss was simply a bigger Deion.

    Moss ran a 4.25 40 into the wind and has a gear that very seem to have, especially CBs.

  51. This story was probably planted by somebody in the Patriots organization to remind Revis he might’ve had a legitimate option to be part of a team in 2017 if he hadn’t burned that bridge like an idiot.

  52. Nah, we’ll pass. He hasn’t played on a professional team since he left the Pats the first time…

  53. I called this during the season that Revis would come back to the Patriots. I Guranatee you if he comes back he returns to his pro bowl self. Thing is with Revis is that he got complacent knowing he would never make the playoff he had nothing to play for. Now he has a chip on his shoulder, gets back into his old shape and should be fully recovered from his wrist injury. If they can they should sign him to a 2 year contract and have it incentive based. He got his money and nieces realizes hopefully that it’s not all about the money especially when your on a losing team. Imagine Revis and Gilmore and the Pats getting the 11th pick from the Saints. Pats would use that 11th pick and trade down and stack draft picks up for the next few years. Boom 💥

  54. Revis wasn’t all that great in 2014. He was very good, but got torched in the playoff game against Baltimore by Smith and abused by Baldwin for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. It’s been a while since he has been great. As Marty Bennett would say, Revis got paid for being a Super Bowl champion.

  55. so kick the tires and offer him the minimum and make him a safety unless he just doesn’t want to tackle anybody
    The Pats get a a guy that can play…if he is motivated to play and the Jets pay his $$$$
    Just for sheer value of sticking it to the Jets….again

  56. pastabelly says:
    Mar 19, 2017 4:59 PM
    Revis wasn’t all that great in 2014. …..abused by Baldwin for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

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    Sorry, watch the video; he didn’t get “torched” by Baldwin in the SB..Seattle ran a pick play on him using the rep; Baldwin ran him right into the rep…btw, Baldwin almost fell down before he caught the ball.

  57. pastabelly says:
    Mar 19, 2017 4:59 PM
    Revis wasn’t all that great in 2014. He was very good, but got torched in the playoff game against Baltimore by Smith and abused by Baldwin for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. It’s been a while since he has been great. As Marty Bennett would say, Revis got paid for being a Super Bowl champion.

    ———–

    Revis was not “torched by Baldwin” in the SB. Baldwin used the ref to pick Revis…. can’t blame Revis for that.

  58. The Patriots wanted Revis back, there was a large guarantee tied to their offer. The Jets was more. Never know what could have been.

  59. You’re right, but who didn’t Moss beat? Only person I can see rivaling Moss is Deion and even Bobby Bowden said Moss was simply a bigger Deion.

    Moss ran a 4.25 40 into the wind and has a gear that very seem to have, especially CBs.

    umm, moss was old in 2010 and his career was
    essentially over

    revis was completely torched on that play and
    bb would have moss dealt 2 weeks later

    i could see if moss was in his prime, sure

    the point is, revis is overrated and always was

    rex ryan and their desperate desire to be important
    on the nfl scene, was a big reason for that

    ny’ers always wildly overrate their own players

  60. Revis has always made it very clear that playing football is all about the money. Nothing wrong with that, but it would be out of character for him to play for free.

  61. I could see bringing him in for a John Lynch, Adrian Wilson sort of tour. Have him tell stories to the younger guys, show some technique, etc. I just don’t see him making the final 53 at this point.

  62. Revis was really the first high profile rent-a-player I can remember Bill bringing in. I wonder if Gilmore isn’t a younger version. DR is a hired gun who made no apologies for being all about the money. That said, guys, you all know Revis is a better player than he’s being given credit for here on PFT and he did play hurt and didn’t quit, at least until the lights on One Patriot Way were shut off. He’s a warrior. Too bad that he will always be a mercenary and will never fully embrace being identified with being a Patriot but he is who he is. He never pretended to be anything else. He’s genuine in that respect. I say thanks, man, and good luck to you Darrelle wherever you end up. I’m a bit curious about what’s going on with Bill right now. Where’s Blount and Butler? Come on, Bill. Get those two back in the fold. They are true Patriots. You owe them that.

  63. Let me get this straight… if the Pat’s pay him 2, the Jets pay 4 or 0? If 4, what’s the problem??

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