Revis, Patriots not talking yet

AP

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.

71 responses to “Revis, Patriots not talking yet

  1. Revis is the most overrated cornerback in league history. Like Patrick Peterson, he has the unique ability to get burned from anywhere on the field.

  2. Indeed the week leading up to the Super Bowl may not be the best time to open contract negotiations.

    But maybe that’s just me.

  3. Revis is now getting a taste of what it’s like to play for a perennial contender & I think he is really liking it… The guy is already set for life so as long as the money is fair/reasonable to both him & the team I’ll bet he will stick around… My guess is a 4 year deal worth 45 mill with a 12 mil signing bonus… & if he decides not to work with the Pats they let him walk

  4. Ill setup the discussion since PFT trolls live for it:

    If Woody Johnson and the Jets get charged for tampering, they are CHEATERS….

    Oh wait, only the Pats are cheaters…SMH.

    Regardless, after the season Revis has had in Foxboro, none of the teams listed would probably spark his interest.

  5. With his history of hold-outs, I’m almost surprised he didn’t attempt a pre-Super Bowl holdout while his leverage is highest.

  6. The Patriots do not over pay for talent. He will either lower his demands or be cut.

    No secret that he and Rex Ryan share a mutual admiration. Could easily see reunion in Buffalo.

  7. Count me in as one of those that believe the tampering charges were designed to keep the Jets from driving the price up. Or to pick up a consolation prize. Think about it. A ton of cap space, and the secondary was the Jets D weak link. Jets fans already had the pitchforks out for letting him sign with the Pats. Why not scoop up an early draft pick as a penalty if the Jets do sign him?

  8. Florio misses wide right…again. Regis will be back in NE again next year but his como won’t be anywhere near $20mil next year

  9. Another manufactured story cast in a negative light on the patriots. Why the hell would anyone care about a contract negotiation a few days before the super bowl!

  10. @rtroy23 – I hope Revis is the MVP as well. This means the Pats won. I don’t care if he tries to squeeze the team after that. He can take his ring and walk into a super mega contract with another team. He’ll deserve both the ring and the contract.

    I don’t care if any player wants to go for the money after they win it all with New England. People hated when Ted Washington signed with Oakland, but I said good for him.

  11. The Patriots will either sign him or trade him. They won’t cut him. He can’t be franchised per his deal but I do not believe it has a no trade clause. Another team would then sign and extend.

  12. They aren’t talking because they know how happy he is in New England and they are letting him enjoy the biggest game of his career.

    It doesn’t take much to realize how happy he is here

    Revis ain’t going anywhere and nor does he want to

  13. vincentbojackson says:
    Jan 28, 2015 8:43 PM
    The Patriots do not over pay for talent. He will either lower his demands or be cut.

    No secret that he and Rex Ryan share a mutual admiration. Could easily see reunion in Buffalo
    ————
    Revis isn’t demanding a thing. As far as he is concerned he’s under contract for the next season with the Pats for $20 million….you know..the contract the Pats willingly signed.

  14. Revis can take the air Oouuut of the football!

    That’s why the Patriots like him. 😄

    Oh, that’s right!!! That’s someone else’s job!

  15. I think Revis has matured a little bit from caring all about the money to now valuing being happy where he is. He makes the Super Bowl his first year in New England and there’s no reason to think this defense won’t get even better with some draft additions. I could be wrong and he could go for the biggest contract he can find, and I can’t fault him for maximizing his talent dollar-wise, but it would suck to see him go after one year. Pointless time to bring this up though. It won’t even be discussed until after the season is over

  16. Oh contraire…

    Revis IS talking… he’s just said that Tommy is/will be the greatest football player to ever play…

    Tommy will like hearing that and want to keep that smart, astute friend of his around…

  17. The Super bowl is this Sunday. The offseason is for the other 30 teams, for now. Revis has held out when he felt his contract became undervalued. Not a big fan of that, but that’s his right. He also had better offers on the table when he came to the Pats. I never criticize players for wanting to get paid, although winning means something to winners. A lot may depend on whether the Pats win Sunday. I think his value to this D warrants a contract competitive with the highest pd CBs in FB, not necessarily more. The D has kept them from winning a SB in the last 10 yrs. If not, both Revis and the Pats will survive. Don’t think they pay him more than Brady though.

  18. If teams can afford to pay their QB $20mil and a CB $8mil and still field a competitive team, the pats should be able to pay their QB $8mil and a CB $20, if they were so inclined.

  19. Revis is the absolute key to the defense, and, if the Patriots go into full shutdown mode on Marshawn Lynch, Revis’s presence will be the reason — meaning, they’ll stack the box to stop Lynch and dare Wilson to throw.

  20. “I never criticize players for wanting to get paid”

    Neither have I and after the last 10 days I believe it even more strongly.

  21. The class of CB’s in the NFL?

    Sure, except when Stevie Johnson is destroying and owning him EVERY game.

    Huge mistake by Doug Marrone, between trading Johnson and cutting Williams, that’s why he is a terrible head coach and will not be missed in Buffalo, but soon forgotten.

    No WR has torched Revis like Stevie.

  22. And TedMurph…they haven’t won in ten years because the other teams were better.

    The defense wasn’t out there throwing interceptions and dropping passes! 😉

  23. Gee – that’s odd

    I thought the days leading up to the Super Bowl were the busiest time for contract negotiations

    I can always count on PFT for this type of deep football insight

    Thanks for setting me straight guys!

  24. The Patriots won’t pay him. This is his final game for the Pats. This is like Deion Sanders for he 49ers in 1994. Hopefully he gets his ring.

  25. For as good as Revis is, he is a headache the second after another CB signs a bigger contract.

  26. Don’t think they need a CB the caliber of Revis to beat that joke of a WR line up they have in Seattle.

  27. My lord some people are stupid…

    None of those teams would spark Revis’ interest? Yeah, who wants to play with the coach they’ve openly admired, and a dominant defense that sent 3 players to the pro-bowl, after they were named all-pro’s…what kind of CB wants that kind of defensive line chasing QB’s while they’re back there defending the pass…ya know, the defense with the most sacks in the NFL the last two years straight? Not to mention playing across from a young CB who has been said to resemble yourself!

    If there’s anywhere that will interest Revis to leave, it’s Buffalo…especially if they don’t want to pay him what he wants and is worth…then he can stick it to them.

    But as evident from the last two years without him, they don’t need him, at all.

  28. Revis will get paid because he makes everyone around him a better player. He allows others on defensive to be more aggressive. He signed a below market deal in New England for a reason. He wants to compete in the post season and for championships. The Patriots will offer him a market deal or Peterson money. If he doesn’t take it, they’ll pick up his option to get one more year while Brady is still Brady.

  29. Little to no chance the Chea tri ots spend any money on this guy. If you do, you are not paying attention to their history.

  30. Got to love how Pats fans talked non-stop garbage about him when he played for the Jets, but now that he dresses for the home team they act like they always worshipped him. What are you fools going to do if he pulls a hammy in Glendale like he used to do when covering Moss? If he loses you a Super Bowl, are you still going to love him?

  31. Yahoo Sports reported earlier today that both Revis’ camp and the Patriots had confirmed that preliminary attempts at a long term contract had already begun. Sooooo…..

  32. 3 year contract, $12M first year, $13M second year, $14M third year, plus a $6M signing bonus. Gets $18M in pocket for 2015, with the cap hit of $14M (plus whatever was deferred from 2014 — $5M?), and works up to a $14M salary (but equivalent of $16M).

  33. Buffalo needs a QB. Not a CB. They haven’t had one since Kelly and until they realize it, its gonna be the same preseason hype followed by the usual crash and burn every year. Too bad they lost to the Raiders with a playoff berth on the line.

  34. Can you imagine Revis signing with Seattle and joining that secondary ? it would be mind blowing ! I think the Raiders will pay him the 20 mil for sure because they have the money to do it.

  35. buffal0s0ldier says:
    Jan 28, 2015 9:54 PM
    My lord some people are stupid…

    None of those teams would spark Revis’ interest? Yeah, who wants to play with the coach they’ve openly admired, and a dominant defense that sent 3 players to the pro-bowl, after they were named all-pro’s…what kind of CB wants that kind of defensive line chasing QB’s while they’re back there defending the pass…ya know, the defense with the most sacks in the NFL the last two years straight? Not to mention playing across from a young CB who has been said to resemble yourself!

    If there’s anywhere that will interest Revis to leave, it’s Buffalo…especially if they don’t want to pay him what he wants and is worth…then he can stick it to them.

    But as evident from the last two years without him, they don’t need him, at all.

    and how many times has buffalo made the playoffs this decade

  36. That’s right… They won’t be talking after the game… At least for a week or two cause they will be CELEBRATING being Super Bowl Champs!!!!

  37. Since Brady is ridiculously underpaid, hasn’t anyone wondered if he gets paid under the table to help with these signings? Don’t want to hear what the super model wife makes…or do they pay her? Hmm.

  38. Jason Cole of Bleacher reported the Patriots will risk it and excercise the option to keep him in NE.

    The tampering charges are an unequivocol slam dunk. In prior instances between CHI against SF (’08) and KC against DET(’11) charges were filed and draft pick compensation was awarded in the form of swapping picks.

    Should NE decide not to retain Revis they will carry a $5 mil . dead money cap hit in 2015. If retained Revis’ cap hit would be $25 mil. With pending FA’s like McCourty, Gostowski, Vereen, Connolly, Ridley, Ayers ect. it would put NE right up against the cap with no room.

    Cuts will have to be made in order to even sign draft picks and PS team if a deal isn’t made and they pay him at the option value.

  39. Pats have got him for next year if they want, they’ll offer to convert that to earlier cash to reduce the cap hit (win-win), then try to spot the next Revis in the draft. Two-three years is Bill’s pattern for established player acquisitions, Vrabel the exception.

  40. Teams currently believed to be interested include the Jets, Bills, Chiefs, and Browns.

    Currently “believed” by whom? Chiefs don’t have the cap space.

  41. The Pats will not over pay. Revis was rejected by two teams. If he leaves, BB will rummage through the players bargain bin as he always does and come up with unpolished gem. If Revis would leave the Pats he’ll probably go with the Bills. He loves Rex. Revis also has now been coached by BB. He now knows how it is to work with BB and Brady, so he’ll probably stay put.

  42. Why would anyone in their right mind, based on Revis’ history, think he would take a pay cut to stay with New England? Virtually every contractual move the dude has ever made has been to avoid taking a pay cut.

    With the Rex-Bills and their mountain of cap space waiting in the wings, I can’t imagine Revis would stay in NE for anything less than the $20M he is owed for next year.

  43. Revis and Stephan Gilmore outside. McKelvin and Graham inside. With Aaron Williams over the top. Not to mention Alonso and the LBs and that D line…Its scary to think of what the Buffalo defense would be with Revis in the fold. That unit could be legendary good.

    But it wont happen. Buffalo will spend their cap on Jerry Hughes and have a lot of good players up in 2016 and will need any cap room they can spare

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