BOSTON (CBS) — Believe it or not, Darrelle Revis is a New England Patriots.
Just one day after losing Aqib Talib to the Denver Broncos in free agency, the Patriots made an even bigger splash, reportedly signing Revis to a one-year, $12 million deal. Revis was set to earn $16 million with the Buccaneers, who waived him Wednesday afternoon, so he took a bit of a pay-cut to join New England — something not many thought he would do.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Adam Jones didn’t think Revis would sign with the Patriots, but calls the one-year deal a “no brainer” for New England.
“You look at what the Patriots are doing bringing this player in — this is an ‘all-in’ move. This is a pushing your chips to the middle of the table kind of move,” said Jones. “And for any of you concerned about a one-year deal with Revis, I’m not willing to scratch that itch. I’m happy they have him for however long they have him.”
Reports are saying that after a “feeling out period,” the Patriots will look to lock Revis up long-term. If that doesn’t happen, there isn’t any language in Revis’ current deal that would prevent the Patriots from using the franchise tag on the corner next season. But that hasn’t always ended well with Revis, who is famous for wanting to be the highest-paid corner in the game and isn’t afraid to sit out in order to get paid.
“I wouldn’t worry about that. When you look at a franchise tag scenario, I don’t think it’s going to come to that,” said Jones. “I can’t imagine the Patriots would bring him in here and not have him longer term.”
Though they’ll have to do some more moves to clear out some cap space, Jones sees the Revis signing as just the first of many moves for the Patriots this off-season.
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“Whether it’s adding a pass-rusher like Jared Allen or Julius Peppers, adding a receiver or bringing in a veteran cornerback to play across from Revis,” he said. “My guess is that if the Patriots are making this kind of move, they’re not done. This is a signal of more things to come, and not just the bottom of the barrel,” said Jones. “If you’re going to make a significant impact move, why stop there?”