Robert Kraft addressed Darrelle Revis’ return to the Jets on Monday. (Patriots.com)
The New England Patriots struck first, and the New York Jets struck back.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Jets have filed tampering charges against the Patriots, stemming from Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s comments about cornerback Darrelle Revis at the league meetings in Arizona on Monday.
“We thought we made a very competitive offer,” Kraft told reporters when asked about Revis returning to New York. “I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots, we wanted to keep him. We wanted him in our system, and we have certain disciplines. We had hoped it worked out. It didn’t.”
Kyle Arrington sits atop a now-cloudy Patriots cornerback position. (NFL Game Rewind)
It was Herman Edwards who once said “a goal without a plan is a wish.”
There is reason to believe a goal is in mind for the New England Patriots after one week of moves. With Darrelle Revis a New York Jet, Brandon Browner a New Orleans Saint, Shane Vereen a New York Giant, and Vince Wilfork a Houston Texan, there’s also reason to believe there is a plan.
But exactly what that plan entails hasn’t been shared by head coach Bill Belichick. And when it is, it won’t be with words.
Time will tell how the organization will address the key positional needs on the roster. It could be told in the coming weeks, in a trade, in the draft, or in the season opener next September. But right now, however it may ultimately be addressed, New England is heading into the second week of the free-agent process with newfound vacancies.
Stevie Johnson visited the Patriots to start free agency’s second week. (NFL Game Rewind)
The first wave of NFL free agency crashed down on the New England Patriots, seeing the likes of Shane Vereen, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner head into shore with the New York Giants, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, respectively.
But now, a week out, it’s time to revisit where head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the Patriots stand.
It’s time to see what’s been retained, added and subtracted from the roster. And also, what’s remaining heading into the second week.
Darrelle Revis’ run in New England has ended after one season. (NFL Game Rewind)
Darrelle Revis is headed back to where it began.
After Super Bowl season with the New England Patriots, the four-time All-Pro cornerback has agreed to a return to the team that drafted him, the New York Jets.
His agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, made the announcement late Tuesday night, less than five hours into unrestricted free agency. And Revis left his own mark via Twitter shortly thereafter.
Despite Devin McCourty’s return, Darrelle Revis’ remains uncertain. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots decided to pass on Darrelle Revis’ $20 million option before Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. And as a result, the All-Pro cornerback is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after Tuesday’s 4 p.m. commencement.
It was an expected move for both sides, with the end goal is ultimately being a long-term contract for the former New York Jet and Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Revis would have received the $20 million fully guaranteed for 2015, with a cap charge of $25 million, had the Patriots agreed to pick up what team president Jonathan Kraft described as a “placeholder” in February.
Darrelle Revis’ future will likely be clearer after 4 p.m. on March 10. (NFL Game Rewind)
Barring the New England Patriots pick up Darrelle Revis’ $20 million option by 4 p.m. March 9, the cornerback will be a free agent by 4 p.m. March 10.
Where the six-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro and former Defensive Player of the Year will go from there is uncertain. But ESPN’s Adam Schefter thinks Revis’ future with either be with his last team or his first team.
“I believe it will come down to the Patriots and the Jets,” Schefter told Mad Dog Sports Radio‘s Adam Schein on Thursday. “And I think the Jets are going to pay him short of whatever he wants to bring him back there. Because, not only could they use him, but it would be a huge moral, emotional victory for that franchise to bring him back there, to get him to finish his career there.”
The focus of New England’s backfield has shifted. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots have 60 players under contract for the 2015 season.
Among them are the likes of Vince Wilfork and Darrelle Revis, who will have options the organization will have to pick up or renegotiate. Not among them are the likes of Devin McCourty and Stephen Gostkowski, who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.
But the dust has yet to settle on those decisions.
Darrelle Revis’ current contract holds a team option for 2015. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots have a couple choices when it comes to Darrelle Revis. Picking up the cornerback’s option for 2015, which includes a $25 million cap hit, is one the organization would rather not have to make.
“Hopefully both sides want to make a deal and we’ll be able to get one done,” Patriots president Jonathan Kraft told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Friday.
Revis is due a $12 million roster bonus April 1, as well as $20 million in all over the second year of his deal, should the Patriots elect to exercise it. But a long-term extension is the goal with the 29-year-old perennial first-team All-Pro.
Shane Vereen escaped for 11 catches in Super Bowl XLIX. (NFL Game Rewind)
Tom Brady. Julian Edelman. Rob Gronkowski. Malcolm Butler.
One received MVP, two others received 15 passes for over 170 yards and two touchdowns, and another received what would have been the game-winning touchdown. But the New England Patriots’ 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks’ was composed of many.
Here is look at seven other Patriots who proved to be constant parts of it, even if they were not alone.
Darrelle Revis’ contract includes a team option for 2015. (NFL Game Rewind)
Darrelle Revis is approaching his 19th game in a New England Patriots uniform, but the cornerback and the organization have an eye on what lies beyond Sunday’s Super Bowl.
According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, who cites two sources close with Revis and another source with the Patriots, the process of trying to reach a long-term pact with the six-time Pro Bowler in its preliminary stages.
“There’s a thought the Patriots will keep Revis at the $20 million price tag,” Cole said. “They’ve already tried to work out some parameters on a long-term deal. That hasn’t really gone anywhere so far. We’re getting closer and closer to free agency and considering what his options are going to be in the future after we get past the Super Bowl, so there’s a lot in play here.”