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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.

Bucs looking to trade Darrelle Revis, could release him

Darrelle RevisDarrelle Revis’ stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is looking like it will be an extremely brief one.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bucs are looking to trade Revis. If they are unable to deal him, they will likely release him by Wednesday afternoon.

There are two reasons why the Bucs would release him this week. Revis is due a $1.5 million bonus on Wednesday if he is on the team’s roster. Also, the fourth-round draft pick the Bucs traded to the New York Jets to get the cornerback would turn into a third-round pick if they keep him on the roster.

The Bucs prefer to keep the $1.5 million and higher draft pick rather than pay Revis the $16 million he’s due to make next season.

Schefter mentions that the Bucs have been looking to deal Revis since the combine, but no teams have been interesting in dealing for him at his current price.

If the Bucs end up getting rid of Revis, they will have traded the 13th overall pick in last year’s draft and a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft for one season of Revis, who was coming off knee surgery. The Jets used the pick to draft defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year last season.

LeSean McCoy says Darrelle Revis is better than Richard Sherman: ‘It’s not even close’

Darrelle-RevisRichard Sherman may have wrapped up his ongoing feud with Darrelle Revis, but the debate rages on. Analysts are still going to argue over which player is a superior cornerback. If you ask Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, he would tell you there is no debate.

McCoy was a guest on Mad Dog Sports Radio’s “Evan and Phillips in the Morning” on Thursday, and the NFL’s leading rusher for 2013 was asked which player in the league he would least want as a teammate. He said it was Sherman before breaking into an unprompted discussion about how Revis is a better player. Here’s the audio, courtesy of Bleacher Report:

“I would take Darrelle Revis,” McCoy said. “He’s a better player. If you watch Darrelle Revis’ tape and take his best clips (and match them up against Sherman’s), it’s not even close.”

While McCoy knows a lot more about football than I do, I believe the gap between Revis and Sherman is much closer than he is making it sound. However, McCoy made the same argument that we heard from Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor earlier this week — that Sherman doesn’t always match up against his opponent’s top receiver.

“(Revis is) a lockdown defender,” McCoy added. “He doesn’t have tons of safety help. It’s, ‘Revis, we need you to lock him up.’ And he’s gonna get it done.”

Sherman believes the stats show he is better than Revis, but he does have a tremendous amount of help with safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. McCoy also noted that he believes Revis will dominate again next year when he has another year of recovery from ACL surgery under his belt. Perhaps that will give us a better idea of who the better cornerback is overall.

H/T Black Sports Online

Richard Sherman: Darrelle Revis is a great guy, we squashed the nonsense

Darrelle Revis Richard Sherman

Perhaps tired of all the backlash he has faced in the wake of his postgame rant against Michael Crabtree, Richard Sherman has decided to squash his long-running beef with Darrelle Revis. The feud began roughly a year ago when Sherman randomly posted stats on Twitter in an attempt to prove he is a better cornerback than Revis. Is it now over?

On Thursday, Sherman told reporters he has smoothed things over with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers counterpart.

“We’ve had a few conversations. He’s a great guy and we squashed all the nonsense,” Sherman said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the NY Daily News. “I think every one of them out there is going to say that they’re the best, and that’s the way you’ve got to play the position.”

I’m not sure when Sherman is claiming this conversation took place, but Revis was pretty critical of him last week when asked about the infamous outburst. Despite that, Sherman insists he has no issues with Revis and that their disagreements have been exaggerated by the media.

“I think one of those things, just like a lot of other things, is a lot of media fabrication more than anything,” he added. “People make it more of a big deal than it really is. Guys have conversations off the field and are good friends. People would be surprised. They think they’re really mortal enemies, and it’s really not like that.”

While we know the media loves to blow things out of proportion, there’s really only one way to interpret Revis accusing Sherman of running his mouth like a girl. My gut instinct tells me these two still don’t like each other, and that probably won’t change. Sherman happens to have a pretty big game coming up on Sunday. The last thing he wants to talk about is Revis.

Darrelle Revis: Richard Sherman is all about ‘me, me, me, me’

Darrelle Revis Richard Sherman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis defended Richard Sherman on Wednesday for his rant after the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC Championship Game. Just kidding, Revis and Sherman hate each other. We all knew that.

Like many others, Revis thought Sherman’s colorful postgame interviews were selfish and took away from what the team had just accomplished.

“Don’t get me wrong he’s an entertainer, but he shouldn’t have said that,” Revis said at the Pro Bowl, via Around the League. “The reporter asked him a question about the team and he went on to answer about me, me, me, me. So that is how I took it. He didn’t answer the question in the right way.”

There is certainly an argument to be made that Sherman deserved the spotlight after making an incredible play that led to a game-clinching interception. Without Sherman’s tipped pass, the San Francisco 49ers may have won the game. Still, athletes who are humble and deflect attention away from themselves typically receive more praise.

As for Sherman declaring himself the best cornerback in the NFL, Revis disagreed.

“It is what it is, that is Sherman,” he said. “That is what he thinks. Everybody has their own opinion. (Sherman is) saying he’s the best. I’m saying I’m the best, Joe Haden thinks he’s the best. …You can go by numbers, you can go by the ball not being thrown to your side so many times, there are so many variables in it. But at the same time, we are all talented players.”

Sherman has started with Revis on several occasions without being prompted. He obviously cares a great deal about what people think. Personally, I think Sherman is the best. He’s an incredible cover corner and has unmatched ball skills. I also find him annoying, but I certainly wouldn’t classify him as a thug.