Despite being a rock in the New England Patriots secondary that has been a key part of their dominating defense this year, Darrelle Revis has not been given a new contract.
In fact, according to reports from ProFootballTalk, the Patriots haven't even opened discussions on a potential new deal for their star cornerback, who is set to be owed $20million next year.
That much money per year is a ludicrous amount for a corner to be on but it is starting to seem more and more likely that is how much Revis will be earning in 2015, one way or another.
"Per a league source, negotiations have not yet commenced between the Patriots and Revis on a new deal that would replace the current one. The starting point presumably will be a package that pays out at least $20 million in the first year." - Mike Florio
"If the Patriots aren’t willing to go that high, the question becomes whether other teams will be willing to offer more than what the Patriots would put on the table," the writer added.
Counting the Cap
Revis technically signed a two-year, $32 million dollar deal with the Patriots in the off-season last year but because he will count for $25million against the salary cap next year a new deal will have to be agreed.
If the Patriots don't manage to put an offer on the table that Revis deems good enough, then there will be plenty of other teams who will. Reports suggest that the Jets, Bills, Chiefs, and Browns would all be ready to swoop in for the 29-year old.
At Super Bowl media day yesterday, Revis spoke about how much of a risk it was coming to New England on what was essentially a one-year contract.
"Yes, it’s very risky to take that chance, but I believe in myself. I have faith in myself, in what I bring to the table, in how I prepare and just me overall as a person," Revis said. "This is what I love. This is what I do. If I don’t believe in myself, who will?”
Revis was taken in the first round of the 2007 draft with the 14th overall selection by the New York Jets, after starring in college for Pitt. Revis was traded to the Buccaneers in 2013. After one season in Tampa, the Bucs opted not to continue his year-to-year $16 million a season deal.