The Patriots are $11.2 million over the salary cap, and the All-Pro cornerback has a huge on $20 million option for next season coming up soon. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Monday on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” that he expects Revis to hit free agency.
“Darrelle Revis has a clause in his contract that says he can’t be tagged,” Schefter said. “There’s a $20 million option bonus payment that would carry a $25 million cap number. The bottom line is, it would surprise me if New England picked that up. So, the chances are – not chances are, it’s going to happen – Darrelle Revis is going to hit the market. He’ll be another coveted free agent.”
It seems that no one knows whether Revis will be willing to take a discounted deal to stay in New England.
“This all comes down to whatever Darrelle Revis wants to do,” Schefter said. “He’s got a Super Bowl ring, his career has been validated. He’s got one more big score left. One score in terms of big contract. So, does he want to take that big contract with a team like the New York Jets, who are dying to make a run at Darrelle Revis? Or the Buffalo Bills? Or is he willing to take less to go back and play with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and be in the environment he’s been in in New England?
“That’s a call that only he can make. At this point in his career, he’s got a ton of money. A ton of money. All together with marketing and contracts, he’s probably made $100 million. So, what do you want to do with your very last big deal? That’s the decision that Darrelle Revis has to make.”
No way that Revis take a hometown discount to stay in New England. That has never been the case for him in the past and I don’t expect that to happen here. The big question is what does Tom Brady think of this? Brady took a very cap friendly deal to allow the Patriots to keep stars like Revis. If the Pats let Revis walk, how will that resonate with their franchise quarterback?