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Patriots have not ruled out paying Darrelle Revis $20 million to stay

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New England Patriots could be willing to pay up $20 million to keep star cornerback Darrelle Revis on board at the Pats for another season, according to reports.

The move would be a tremendously beneficial one for the Patriots' defense but may be one that somewhat cripples the team on the whole financially going forward.

Regardless of the consequences for the Patriots in terms of salary cap pressures, it seems that renewing Darrelle Revis's contract is certainly high on the agenda of the Patriots headed into the offseason.

Pats have second-year option 

Currently the Patriots are paying Revis $12 million for the 2014 NFL season, with the star cornerback having more than provided value for money by playing a key role in helping the AFC Champions to the Super Bowl to face Seattle on Sunday.

Most so-called experts expect Revis to become a free agent after the season finishes, but the reality is much more complex and interesting than that.

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NFL media insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that the Patriots want sign the former New York Jets cornerback to a long-term contract extension but new reports suggest the team might just take up his second-year option.

Ready to pay up 

"NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Patriots will try to sign Revis to a long-term extension, but the team has not ruled out simply paying the $20 million option to Revis," reported

The common misconception is that Revis signed a one-year deal with the team when he decided to make the move to Foxboro before the 2014 NFL season. But in fact, Revis' contract is a two-year deal with a team option on the second year for $20 million in 2015.

The ball is certainly in the Pats' court and the situation certainly favors the viewpoint that Revis will end up in Foxboro for another season at least next year. Even if the Patriots have to release Revis into free agency they don't need to do so until late March, which is a time that most teams have already finalized their offseason free agency moves.

In remains to be seen what happens with Revis and the Patriots. In the meantime,
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