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Jets were reportedly Darrelle Revis’ top choice

Darrelle-Revis-2012-holdoutDarrelle Revis and the New York Jets did not part ways on good terms a year ago, but that doesn’t mean the All-Pro cornerback was opposed to a reunion. In fact, Revis may have actually wanted to go back to New York once it became evident that his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was over.

A source reportedly told the NY Daily News that Revis put together a list of teams he would like to play for “based on non-economic reasons” when he knew the Bucs were going to dump him. The Jets were supposedly at the top of that list. The Patriots were second.

There were a few reports about Revis reaching out to the Jets when he was released by the Bucs, but nothing ever came to fruition. General manager John Idzik reportedly never called Revis’ agents, at which point Revis had no interest in starting a bidding war and signed with the Patriots.

Jets owner Woody Johnson is the one who ordered Idzik to trade Revis last offseason. Revis had held out twice, and there’s a good chance Johnson was tired of his business-above-all-else attitude. You know Rex Ryan would have loved for Revis to return to New York, but that decision is not up to him.

“We knew, everybody knew, that he was going to want north of $10 million for this season,” a Jets source told the Daily News. “We weren’t going to pay a corner that. That was pretty obvious. Would we have liked to have him play here again? Sure, for $2 million.”

Did Revis sign with the Patriots just to stick it to the Jets? I highly doubt it, though I’m sure his decision became more gratifying when he realized New York had no interest in bringing him back. By joining New England, Revis has given himself an opportunity to make a ton of money in 2014 while contending for a Super Bowl. After that, he can either sign a massive contract with the Patriots or elsewhere. He’s in a perfect spot with or without the Jets.

Darrelle Revis contract protects him from franchise tag, saves Patriots cap space

Darrelle Revisstrong>Darrelle Revis signed what was reported as a one-year, $12 million contract with the New England Patriots on Wednesday, and that is indeed what the deal will work out to. However, the contract he signed is actually a two-year deal worth a total of $32 million that is beneficial both sides. Allow us to explain.

The most important thing for Revis is that the second year of the contract, which is worth $20 million and will never actually come into play, prevents the Patriots from giving him the franchise tag. Once the 2014 season is completed, the team can either restructure or release. The franchise tag won’t be an option. You can’t “release” a player and then give him the franchise tag.

From New England’s standpoint, the contract saves money on the salary cap this season. Revis will earn a base salary of $1.5 million in 2014, with a $10 million signing bonus and a $500,000 roster bonus. His cap charge for the upcoming season will be $7 million. His cap charge for 2015 will be $25 million (which the Patriots will never pick up), with $5 million in dead money counting toward the 2015 cap if the team releases Revis.

Revis is guaranteed at least $12 million from the contract. Only $7 million of that applies to the 2014 salary cap. The other $5 million will be paid and counted toward the 2015 cap if the Patriots release him. If they restructure and work out a long-term deal, Revis will be getting more than $12 million guaranteed anyway.

In other words, the contract is beneficial for everyone. Revis cannot be given the dreaded franchise tag. The Patriots free up $5 million in cap space of the $12 million they owe Revis in 2014. They can address more roster needs now and hope that a long-term extension is reached, otherwise they’ll eat the $5 million against the 2015 cap.

Thanks to ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss for making sense of all this

Ryan Clark throws shade at Darrelle Revis over Twitter

Ryan ClarkFree agent safety Ryan Clark threw some shade at Darrelle Revis over Twitter Wednesday night after news of the cornerback’s contract agreement with the New England Patriots was reported.

Revis signed a one-year, $12 million contract with New England, which is four million less than what he was set to earn with Tampa Bay.

Here’s what Clark tweeted:

What’s up with Clark? Is the guy getting bitter with age? He’s 34, looking for an NFL job and considering retirement. Maybe something changes with athletes when they start working in TV the way Clark is. Or maybe Clark’s just jealous over the kind of coin another defensive back is being paid.

Darrelle Revis agrees with Patriots on one-year deal

Darrelle RevisDarrelle Revis is joining the New England Patriots as many expected.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Revis and the Pats agreed on a one-year deal worth $12 million.

Revis was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, just before he was due a monetary bonus. The Bucs also would have owed the New York Jets a third-round pick instead of a fourth-round pick if he were still on their roster, which is why they released him.

Revis earned $16 million last season with the Bucs and was set to earn just as much this year, so he is taking a $4 million cut. Compared to the amount of money other top cornerbacks like Sam Shields, Aqib Talib, Vontae Davis and Alterraun Verner all received, Revis is still being paid well.

This is a great deal for the Patriots. Revis needed a few games to get back into top form as he was recovering from knee surgery, but he was definitely back to being a shutdown corner last season. The Patriots desperately needed that for their defense — and they even got an upgrade over Talib, who left for Denver.

This makes the AFC East a lot more interesting, too. Revis was a first-round pick of the Jets in 2007 and was with them through 2012. There were rumors about Revis reuniting with the Jets, but he chose the Pats instead.

Apparently Bill Belichick didn’t hold it against the cornerback that Revis once called him a “jerk” in a word association game. I wouldn’t have either.

Report: Member of Darrelle Revis’ camp certain he’s going to the Patriots

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Darrelle Revis on Wednesday afternoon, and the speculation continues to build that the All-Pro cornerback could wind up with the New England Patriots. The latest comes from Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, who spoke with a source from Revis’ camp who seems convinced that the 28-year-old will sign with the Pats.

Darrelle RevisCBS Sports.com’s Jason La Canfora also said shortly after Revis was released that he believes he will sign with the Patriots.

There have been reports about the Patriots being interested in Revis since it became clear that the Bucs had no intention of keeping him on their roster. Aqib Talib’s decision to sign with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday intensified those reports, as did another rumor that Revis has told those close to him that he would love to play for New England.

Granted, Mehta’s source could simply be a friend of Revis’ who is looking to add to the drama. He or she could also be expressing a gut feeling, which wouldn’t mean much.

One thing is for certain — the Patriots would love to sign Revis. The only question is if he is willing to break from his typically staunch business approach and work out a deal that is friendly for both sides. New England is not going to pay Revis anything close to $16 million per season.

Report: Darrelle Revis would ‘love’ to play for Patriots

Darrelle RevisThe Denver Broncos swooped in and landed the New England Patriots’ best free agent for a second straight year on Tuesday night. The last time that happened, Denver signed Wes Welker and the Patriots moved onto their contingency plan almost instantly by locking up Danny Amendola. Could they do the same this year with Darrelle Revis?

Yes, we realize the Amendola thing hasn’t worked out well for New England. The point is they had a backup plan in place and were quick to execute it. Now, the Patriots are left with a gaping hole at cornerback. Aqib Talib was one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL last year and changed Bill Belichick’s defense. Without a legitimate No. 1 corner, that defense will regress.

Of course, Revis has always been about the money and has never settled for a penny less than what he feels he is worth. He has also said in the past that he doesn’t like Belichick or Tom Brady, but it sounds like that stance has softened.

Revis would almost certainly have to take less than his current $16 million-per-year deal if he signed with the Patriots. New England would likely only trade for him if he agreed to restructure his deal. While it still seems unlikely, La Canfora is the first credible source to report that Revis actually has a desire to play for the Patriots.

Belichick has never broken the bank for a single player in his 14 seasons in New England. That said, Revis is one of the best coverage cornerbacks to ever play the game. If Belichick appreciates that as much as everyone else, he may be willing to stray from his philosophy just this once.

Patriots could make a run at Darrelle Revis

Darrelle RevisThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to release Darrelle Revis if they cannot trade him by Wednesday afternoon, which is bad news for guys like Aqib Talib. If and when Revis becomes available, Talib can no longer make the argument that he is the best free agent cornerback on the market. His leverage with the New England Patriots would almost certainly be affected.

The Patriots need a lockdown corner if they want their defense to continue making strides. That was evident last season with the difference we saw when Talib was on the field vs. out with an injury. If New England is not able to get Talib at a fair price, the team could turn its attention toward Revis.

Revis will cost more than Talib, but most would argue he is a better investment. He played in all 16 games for the Bucs last season and was targeted fewer than any other player in the NFL not named Richard Sherman — despite undergoing ACL surgery the previous year. Talib battled a hip issue in 2013 and, unlike Revis, comes with off-field concerns.

Last week, the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin outlined a logical plan the Patriots could use to go after Revis. His ideas centered around the notion that New England would have to trade for the All-Pro corner. If the Pats had the flexibility of being able to sign Revis to a fresh contract that was structured to fit their needs while still paying him what he deserves, the move could make even more sense.

Of course, there will be obstacles. Any team that signs Revis would need to work some salary cap magic. For New England, that could mean restructuring someone like Vince Wilfork or making him a cap casualty.

There’s also the fact that Revis has said in the past that he doesn’t like Bill Belichick or Tom Brady, but we know how quickly things can change when a championship is a legitimate possibility. The Patriots will be a Super Bowl contender without Revis. If they could somehow land their former rival, the rest of the AFC would be terrified.