Ever since the New York Jets announced that the franchise would be releasing cornerback Darrelle Revis at the start of free agency period, rumors have started to swirl about a possible reunion with the New England Patriots. Darrelle was with the reigning Super Bowl LI champion during the 2014 NFL season and won his lone championship ring as a member of the club.
Following the Super Bowl back in 2014, however, he left to join the New York Jets and the five-year, $70.0 contract the latter offered. The combination of the contract deal, which would have resulted in a $15.3 million salary cap hit in 2017, and cornerback’s on-field-struggles led to his release earlier this month.
It might be time to start gearing up for a cornerback Darrelle Revis and New England Patriots reunion. A multiple league sources believe if Revis plays this 2017 NFL season, it will be with the New England Patriots, per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
An executives from numerous National Football League’s franchises told La Canfora that they fully expect Darrelle Revis to end up playing with the defending Super Bowl champions. “We did our work on him,” an NFL “personnel man” told La Canfora.
“He [Darrelle Revis] can still play. He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”
The New England Patriots could use a slot cornerback, most especially if Malcolm Butler is traded to the New Orleans Saints. The New England Patriots’ top cornerbacks project to be Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe before there’s a sheer dropoff to Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones and Justin Coleman.
The 31-year-old Darrelle Revis — who was drafted in the first round (14th overall) by the New York Jets in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh — will make $6 million whether he plays or not, since the New York Jets still owe the cornerback that sum of money. Should the seven-time Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis inks contract deal elsewhere, the money for which he’s signed will be subtracted from the amount the New York Jets owe him. So, Revis presumably could play for the New England Patriots on a veteran-minimum $1 million contract deal with the New York Jets paying him $5 million.