New England Patriots are playing a dangerous game with star cornerback, a game which they made end up losing spectacularly.
It was revealed on Monday that the Patriots have decided to forgo the option in Darrelle Revis's contract and allowed Revis to become free agent.
This doesn't mean that the Patriots can't re-sign him during the free agency period, it just makes it all the harder when they try to.
The Patriots had the option to make this all go away. The extra option on Revis's one-year deal would have forced the Pats to pay $20 million to the AFC's best top cornerback, but New England have made the somewhat understandable decision to not sign the deal.
It's clear that the Patriots are hoping to try and re-sign Revis during free agency when they will be able to offer him a much lesser deal. But this is where things get really tricky.
Patriots' AFC East rivals the New York Jets - the only other team beside the Pats who actually have a chance of landing him - are in the mix for Revis's signature for the 2015 NFL season.
Furthermore, Jets owner Woody Johnson has spoken about how trading Revis away from the Jets was a mistake two years ago, and Johnson has insisted that he is willing to pay Revis whatever he wants to bring him back.
Though it's the Pats will still retain Revis, with a loud-talking owner willing to overpay, the Patriots could just rue their decision not to re-sign Revis.