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.”
New England signed Revis to a two-year, $32 million deal last March, on the heels of the 29-year-old corner’s one-year stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His current deal includes a team option for the second year, signifying the Patriots will either pick up Revis’ $12 million roster bonus or he’ll embark on free agency once again in 2015.
That decision will loom at the forefront this offseason, regardless of what transpires against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night in his first Super Bowl appearance.
The team does not have make a final decision on Revis’ contract until April 1, when his bonus is due.
“One of the things here is the Patriots may say, ‘We need to have that franchise-type cornerback,’ similar to what they had with Ty Law,” Cole added. “Because they’ve seen the success they have had with their defense under Darrelle Revis.”
Since becoming part of the Patriots’ secondary, Revis has started every game to record 49 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble. He was named a first-team NFL All-Pro for the fourth time in his career earlier this month.