Jonathan Kraft: Pats to “get to work” on Darrelle Revis deal

AP

The Patriots have a big, expensive decision to make soon with cornerback Darrelle Revis.

But Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said the team plays to “get to work” on a new deal, admitted the $20 million option on him for 2015 was just a “placeholder.

Hopefully both sides want to make a deal and we’ll be able to get one done,” Kraft said on WEEI, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.

Kraft said Revis was well worth it to the team this year, establishing the value of the veteran corner.

“He’s been everything and more since he’s been here,” Kraft said. “Patriots fans knew what he was like on the field, but didn’t know what he was like off it. Having worn green all those years and the blind emotion we all have towards the Jets, you have one perception from the man. And the man is very different than that. He’s a great guy and he works hard.

“There is no over-ego to him and he’s a great teammate. He’s been a real pleasure to have him as part of the organization.”

And since no one expects the Patriots to eat that $20 million option, there’s an incentive on their parts to take care of him long-term, since at least two division rivals would likely be hot on his trail if he hit the open market again.

60 responses to “Jonathan Kraft: Pats to “get to work” on Darrelle Revis deal

  1. Now that your with an organization that can actually accomplish goals on the field im sure it just a numbers game…Revis knows what its like to be a winner now after years of Jets depression..That sad little team in New Jersey still sucks…

    Go Pats and Go Revis!

  2. this pats team is the youngest ever team to win the big one……get Ndamukong Suh…….keep the core…..pats for super bowl 50

  3. Why would anyone want to leave this team? They just became the youngest team to win a Super Bowl in NFL history. They will be in the mix for years and years to come. If I were Revis, I’d play there for $1 and free championship hats. 6 years with the Jets, nothing. 1 year with the Patriots, ring. Revis belongs to us now.

  4. The comments from Revis early on was that he liked Rex Ryan’s style of defense better than what they were running in Foxboro. Somewhere along the way, probably after Browner started playing, thing seemed to turn for Revis. It’s not just Revis though. They need to focus on McCourty as well. It’s Revis #1 and McCourty #2 in term of priority. After that, Shane Vereen. After that, everything else will fall into place.

  5. Malcolm Butler had a great game.

    I love Revis and want him on the team for 2 more years.

    However we have Mccourty, Branch, Ayers, to sign.

    I would love to see Brady re-do his contract again.

    I can see Brady staying with the Pats for 40 Years on the coaching staff and front office.

    What he gives up in salary now Kraft will pay him later.

  6. I think he will renegotiate but doubt there will be a huge reduction than what’s already in place

  7. Revis seemed to really have enjoyed his time here. someone needs to tell him there is something better then winning a title

    defending a title!!!

    we are always hearing how hard he works, how meticulous he is, and how he strives to be the best and enjoys being tested.

    no better way to see what you are really made of then to defend a title while everyone wants to knock the big dog off

  8. I am a die hard fan of the Patriots. He has been great, but this is a business and if he can even make a penny more and he goes somewhere else, it’s a personal decision.
    If Google wants to get an employee at Microsoft is anyone complaining??
    Nope. Just bc I love my team, this is there job. Although some players have different relationships with a team. For a lot this is their job and how they provide for their family.
    He seems to be a professional and no issues so hope he stays, but if not no hard feelings either.
    Thanks for doing your job!

  9. Earlier this year Revis went on record saying that he had matured and was not concerned with being the highest paid player at his position any more as long as he was well paid.

    If you didn’t see him after the Super Bowl crying his eyes out with joy with his kids and wife, than you missed a clear indicator that he presumably wants that feeling again.

    A feeling he won’t get if he goes to the Jets, Bills or many other teams that might offer a bit more money than the Pats.

    I believe he’ll be a Patriot at least 2 more years, maybe 3. I see 3 years for 45-50 mil total including a 20 mil signing bonus and it will be a done deal.

  10. Malcolm Butler had a great game.

    I love Revis and want him on the team for 2 more years.

    However we have Mccourty, Branch, Ayers, to sign.

    I would love to see Brady re-do his contract again.

    I can see Brady staying with the Pats for 40 Years on the coaching staff and front office.

    What he gives up in salary now Kraft will pay him later.

    Revis is worth every penny. Still pissed off we lost him. Coaches have to prepare time to game plan specifically for him. There are not many guys like that in the league. JJ Watt is one. I guess Sherman is one but Sherman is not a man specialist. Sherman’s game is zone with a safety over the top. He can play man but it’s not his best asset.

    Revis is the opposite. His best asset is man, not zone. I can’t call who, but a Seattle WR made a play on Revis and scored the TD, in the SB. Revis was playing zone or away from the ball. Still, to Seattle’s credit. Revis also got exposed by a pick play; the Seattle WR used an official as as a rub. I don’t recall if it was man or zone but the WR got away from Revis and caught the ball. Again, to Seattle’s credit.

    But you can’t underestimate the value of having Revis on your secondary and how it functions as a virtual pass rush for your defensive line. He is vital to your defense up in New England.

  11. “Translation: Let’s find a way to cheat the salary cap and make it look like we gave Revis a good deal.”

    Coming from a Broncos fan whose team was fined and docked draft picks for salary cap cheating in both their Super Bowl years I find that comment ironic. You might want to examine the history of the team you follow before you make claims like that about others.

  12. denverdude7 says:
    Feb 6, 2015 1:07 PM
    “Get to work”

    Translation: Let’s find a way to cheat the salary cap and make it look like we gave Revis a good deal.

    What are they, the Broncos?!?

  13. Theres no way the Pats are going to pay him that much $ next year. It is not the Patriots way. I would expect them to draft the CB they like and pick up one in FA and let Revis chase the $ somewhere else.

  14. Now that he’s won, I think he’s more likely to just going to follow the money. Remember (according to rumor), the Jets were his first choice but they didn’t want him. So much for winning being a priority.

    Still, offer him Peterson-plus money and maybe he’ll stay. If he does, Pats are favorites to repeat.

  15. Malcolm Butler had a great game.

    I love Revis and want him on the team for 2 more years.

    However we have Mccourty, Branch, Ayers, to sign.

    I would love to see Brady re-do his contract again.

    I can see Brady staying with the Pats for 40 Years on the coaching staff and front office.

    What he gives up in salary now Kraft will pay him later.

    Revis is worth every penny. Still pissed off we lost him. Coaches have to prepare time to game plan specifically for him. There are not many guys like that in the league. JJ Watt is one. I guess Sherman is one but Sherman is not a man specialist. Sherman’s game is zone with a safety over the top. He can play man but it’s not his best asset.

    Revis is the opposite. His best asset is man, not zone. I can’t call who, but a Seattle WR made a play on Revis and scored the TD, in the SB. Revis was playing zone or away from the ball. Still, to Seattle’s credit. Revis also got exposed by a pick play; the Seattle WR used an official as as a rub. I don’t recall if it was man or zone but the WR got away from Revis and caught the ball. Again, to Seattle’s credit.

    But you can’t underestimate the value of having Revis on your secondary and how it functions as a virtual pass rush for your defensive line. He is vital to your defense up in New England.

  16. The Bills defense doesn’t need him…good player, but a tad overrated. Stevie Johnson, who everyone says is a 3rd or 4th WR, used to consistently own Revis.

    The Bills already have one of the best secondaries in the league, Rex will only help to make them even better. I just don’t see Revis worth $15-$20 million…when Gilmore, Graham, McKelvin and Robey don’t cost that much combined together.

    The reason the Patriots won this year was because of their run game and the emergence of WR’s…they’ve always won with Malcolm Butler’s, not a Darrelle Revis.

  17. Revis is clearly a huge priority but I’m just hoping for a 2003 type of draft where they hit on just about all of their picks. If we can do that…..

    The pipe dream is Suh….He is IMO much more dominant than Watt on a team like the Patriots. With that guy on the inside (or where-ever Bill lines him up) Our LB’s will be All-Pro’s for certain and they are good already. Of course…that’s not going to happen but it’s fun to speculate!

  18. kelvinmchale says:
    Feb 6, 2015 12:44 PM
    Brady + Belichick + Lockdown Corner = Championship. Get it done and continue the dynasty.

    1 SB win in 10 years is a dynasty?

    Revis ain’t Brady and he’s not likely to take less money for the team. Look at his history – he wants his contract renegotiated every year for more money, not less. That’s hardly the Patriot way.

    Maybe a SB win changes him, but I’d bet he’s in Buffalo or NYC next year instead of NE.

  19. I guess Sherman is one but Sherman is not a man specialist.
    ===
    Not really. Sherman plays a ton of Cover 3. He doesn’t really have a safety over the top. He takes the deepest RXer in the outside third.

    What he doesn’t seem to do is switch sides or play in the slot, which Revis and Talib do frequently. A certain amount of that is probably scheme and coaching.

  20. I can’t call who, but a Seattle WR made a play on Revis and scored the TD, in the SB. Revis was playing zone or away from the ball. Still, to Seattle’s credit. Revis also got exposed by a pick play; the Seattle WR used an official as as a rub. I don’t recall if it was man or zone but the WR got away from Revis and caught the ball. Again, to Seattle’s credit.
    ==
    It was Baldwin crossing the formation with Revis in tight man coverage. He only got open because of the umpire.

  21. Maybe he’ll follow Brady’s example. Leave a little money on the table to have a better chance of winning the big one. I don’t think Revis will forget that the Jets dumped him. Even if he leaves BB will scrounge around for unpolished gems. We have Browner and Butler who although young have played quite well. Somebody will step up. BB will make sure of that. We still wish Revis will stay though. He looks quite fetching in that uniform.

  22. “Brady + Belichick + Lockdown Corner = Championship. Get it done and continue the dynasty.”

    —–
    With that annual weak non competitive division Pat’s get an annual free pass to the playoffs. Nice work if one can get it!

  23. mushroommike says:
    Feb 6, 2015 1:47 PM
    kelvinmchale says:
    Feb 6, 2015 12:44 PM
    Brady + Belichick + Lockdown Corner = Championship. Get it done and continue the dynasty.

    1 SB win in 10 years is a dynasty?

    Revis ain’t Brady and he’s not likely to take less money for the team. Look at his history – he wants his contract renegotiated every year for more money, not less. That’s hardly the Patriot way.

    Maybe a SB win changes him, but I’d bet he’s in Buffalo or NYC next year instead of NE.

    —-

    No 1 in 10 isn’t… But 4 SBs wins, 6 appearances, 9 AFCCGs and playoffs in all but one year (where they still got 11 wins, which is 1 of only 3 teams in the history of the NFL to get 11 wins and not make the playoffs) in 15 years is most definitely a dynasty.

  24. As for Revis. He went to NE for the chance to get a ring. The question now is whether he wants more than the one ring to help solidify his chance at “best ever corner” title, or if the money still holds the lure it did in the earlier years.

    If he does leave, I’ll be sorry to see him go, but won’t be angry about it (too much…). The Patriots knew what he is and wanted, and he got it. If he moves on because he is after the money, like he has been his entire career, well, you can’t fault him for trying to make as much as possible in his very time-limited career choice.

  25. I hope that Tom Brady will convince him that its better to be remembered as multi superbowl champ and team player than holding out to the highest bidder and never winning again.

  26. Need to sign Vereen, McCourty and maybe Connolly before figuring out if there is enough left over to sign Revis.
    Pats need more quality defensive tackles than anything else.

  27. I think McCourty is just as important to sign as Revis, although they’ll slap him with the franchise tag if they can’t get an extension done this year. I’d love Revis here long term. He definitely earned his pay this season and I’d bet the front office will make him a great offer after all he did this year. Hopefully they get those two deals done quickly so they can focus on getting their role players signed (Ayers, Branch, Casillas, etc)

  28. I hope that Tom Brady will convince him that its better to be remembered as multi superbowl champ and team player than holding out to the highest bidder and never winning again.

    to late. He’s remembered as Mevis. Much like Tammy Brady will be remembered as a cheater*

  29. Get it done, get it done, no excuses, get it done. Use the money you’re saving on Brady’s contract and as Teddy KGB would say ” pay that man his money”.

  30. This sounds like the usual shallow, unthinking, ego-centric toe-jam that comes out of Kraft’s mouth: “He’s everything and more”.

    How can anybody be everything and yet be more than everything? But if he is all that Mr. Kraft, I hope you’re ready to man up and pay him “everything and more”!

  31. “The reason the Patriots won this year was because of their run game and the emergence of WR’s…they’ve always won with Malcolm Butler’s, not a Darrelle Revis.”

    Right but they won Super Bowls with the likes of Ty Law and Rodney Harrison, the lost Super Bowls with lesser players in the secondary.

    And you’re partly wrong, they also won this year because of defense. A defense which does not have the greatest pass rush and it was the secondary led by Revis that locked down the other team’s receivers many times and gave the Dline time to make plays.

  32. The Pats will be beyond dumb if they don’t do everything to keep him. Unless he’s looking for stupid money, they need to make him happy.

  33. take the 20 mil revis!! Don’t be stupid and sign long term when you can either get the 20 from them or they will have to see you get another mega deal on the open market!!! Regis holds all the cards on this one

  34. “Translation: Let’s find a way to cheat the salary cap and make it look like we gave Revis a good deal.”

    says the man whose team was nailed for that exact same thing by the NFL

  35. Denver fans your quarterback is not good anymore your team stinks you are all a bunch of cheaters and you talk you bloody losers we win we win you lose losers

  36. I don’t know what the Patriots Cap situation is but they don’t have big salaries at some big salary positions such as WR and QB. Brady is underpaid compared to most QBs on their 2nd contract. The Patriots do however, have a fairly well paid middle class.

    I am sure the Patriots will get Revis signed, he makes the team better and unlike many big money free agents, he is highly motivated and plays to win even though he is got paid.

  37. espnnnnn guy, your insane if you think a move from an office job at google to an office job at microsoft is the equivalent of going 6-10 every year to winning the superbowl

    Go Pats!

  38. Darrelle,

    You were amazing this year. You played great, and yes, you played a big part in winning a Super Bowl. As a Patriots fan, I would like to share my opinion on your situation. And I’ve been a Pats fan for a long time. I’ve witnessed a lot of bad seasons, and I have seen some great ones.

    In football there are multiple types of contract negotiation. And I also feel there is a sliding scale of happiness associated with those types of contracts you can get. If all you want is top dollar, the Patriots won’t pay it. It just isn’t how things work there. They do pay well, but not the very top. Because they have a philosophy that one guy doesn’t win a championship, a team does. And you need to have a whole team to win. All of the men on the roster makes up the team. And if you go too far in one area, you add in area of weakness elsewhere.

    So you could go for top dollar somewhere. And you would get it. You are a great player (OMG, your coverage skills are ridiculous). So I am going to call top dollar 100%. And then you could go for what a team wants (50%). And finally, there is ground in the middle (75%).

    I hope you were happy here this season. I really hope you enjoy the championship you earned here. And I hope you can find the middle ground with the Patriots. That spot where both sides are happy to sign a contract. And if you do, there is a chance you could win another one here. In my mind that would be great. But you need to decide what you want to do. You could be a huge part of history with the Patriots. Imagine a repeat.

    Repeating is one of the hardest things in sports. I hope you want to do that here.

    And if you don’t, I just want to say thanks. I don’t think we would have won this championship without you. It was fun watching you play here. It is kind of like watching Vince on the line. He doesn’t get called out when he is handling 2 linemen letting someone else make the play, but us fans see it. That is what I saw you doing a lot this year. You took away a guy on the other team that could have made a play. You were part of our team. Nice job. I hope you want to do it here again next year… and the year after.

    Keep a level head in this, and everything will work out fine. Don’t let them hose you, and don’t you hose them. If you want to be here, be here. And I will cheer you just as loudly next year.

    Dave

    PS: And if you don’t want to be here, I will boo you. But I will always respect you as a player and be glad you were here this year.

  39. PATS should not waste needed money on Revis.
    The weak link to the PATS is there Defensive Line and protecting Brady.

    For the amount you are paying Revis the PATS can easily get two better players on the DL.
    Wilfork is old and on injury away from retirement. Mayo cannot stay on the field.
    PATS need to shore up the run defense and get serious pass rusher or two. Defense wins championships – not a 31 year old Revis.

    We also need a tall 6’5″ athletic receiver like the Seahawks picked up at a garage sale.

  40. Revis got his ring. He will not take significantly less to get another. This is his last contract. He will cost a lot to keep.

    He transformed the defense from just okay into pretty good. He needs to be resigned. Wishful thinking about the other guys isn’t going to replace a Revis, and God knows BB can’t draft an elite CB.

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