Darrelle Revis back to the Patriots, sounds nuts – right? It was pretty crazy in 2014 when the Patriots picked up Revis, the Pats won Super Bowl XLIX that season and afterwards decided not to pick up the option on his contract and put their faith in rookie corner Malcolm Butler.
Revis wants to play in 2017, we know that much for certain. Last year was a disaster and that is not how he will want to sign off. If there is one thing we know about Revis is that he will not want to end his career on the back of a season where he became known as an old, over weight, receiver friendly cornerback. We know that simply because he is stubborn.
The Jets decided to release Revis this offseason and there are mumblings of a return to New England. It may sound nuts to some but to me it makes perfect sense. Malcolm Butler wants a big payday, understandable. It is likely to be the one and only big pay day he gets in the NFL as he will be 28 next season so he may as well make it worth his while.
If New England decide to allow Butler to leave and don’t want to match whatever offer sheet comes their way then the solution could be to pick up Revis for a year. Partner him with Gilmore in a second cornerback position and then evaluate what they want to do long term next offseason.
Criminal chargers were dismissed against Revis on Wednesday last week following an altercation in Pittsburgh He left the courtroom on Wednesday claiming he had lost 10 pounds, hired a new trainer and was excited about the upcoming football season. Outside the courtroom he said the following:
“I can really focus on what team I can fit with, the best system and team and coaches.”
One thing we know from the Patriots is that they can get the best out of any player. The best system, the best team and the best coaches for him is in Foxboro. So if he is really interested in finishing on the top and not worried about one last monster contract then New England is where he should go.
He has indicated he would love to play with his native Steelers, but the reality is that the team who would guarantee the best chance of him getting on track is the Patriots. He is still going to be getting paid this season, the Jets decided that they were better off absorbing the hit in his contract and letting him walk instead of keeping him in their secondary. No matter what happens, the Jets are going to be paying Revis $6 million.
Would the Patriots want him though? No doubt many fans would want him just to stick it to the Jets again. However, Bill Belichick may not want him, the Patriots may not feel as if he can even play anymore. On top of that, since leaving New England he had dished out one or two sly digs to the Patriots organisation. He was a player who spoke out during deflategate:
“(The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff, You can’t hide that. . . . Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past. New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble. When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, (the NFL) had the evidence. So, they did what they needed to do.”
The Patriots should be able to clear the air around these issues if they want to, when they hooked up with Revis in 2014 the relationship wasn’t exactly red roses and fairytales before that happened. If Malcolm Butler departs it would be a smart move to take pressure off Stephon Gilmore. Should Butler leave then Gilmore could do with the help of another corner with experience, in particular Patriots experience.
It is not as crazy a move as some people may think, there are a number of obstacles to be overcome but do I think that we could see Revis in New England next year? Absolutely it is a possibility, especially if Revis wants his career to end on a high and the Pats show interest in him again.