In March, the $20 million in 2015 compensation due and owing to Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis becomes fully guaranteed. If the Patriots can’t work out with Revis a new deal before then, they’ll have to decide whether to pay the money or to cut him.
Per a league source, negotiations have not yet commenced between the Patriots and Revis on a new deal that would replace the current one. The starting point presumably will be a package that pays out at least $20 million in the first year.
If the Patriots aren’t willing to go that high, the question becomes whether other teams will be willing to offer more than what the Patriots would put on the table. Any team that provides that information to the player’s agent engages in tampering; agents, however, call it “gauging the market” in order to better assess the player’s value.
Multiple teams are expected to be interested in Revis, if he becomes available. Teams currently believed to be interested include the Jets, Bills, Chiefs, and Browns.
Some think that the tampering charges filed by the Patriots against the Jets, based on public comments made by owner Woody Johnson about his interest in re-signing Revis, were intended primarily to scare the Jets away from pursuing Revis.
Drafted in 2007, Revis was traded to the Buccaneers in 2013. After one season in Tampa, the Bucs opted not to continue his year-to-year $16 million annual arrangement, due in large part to the shift in defensive philosophy to the Cover 2. Revis then signed with the Patriots a contract that was viewed as a one-year deal for cap purposes, with a trigger aimed at forcing a new contract or putting Revis back on the market.
To keep Revis off the market, there’s a chance the Patriots will have to fork over 2.5 times the amount they’ll be paying to quarterback Tom Brady in 2015.