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.
The team option buys a little leeway to reach one.
“People understand that that’s a placeholder and we’ll get to work on trying to make it happen,” Kraft said.
The former New York Jet and Tampa Bay Buccaneer started every game for New England this past season. He intercepted total of three passes, all while holding opposing quarterbacks to 44-of-85 passing for 582 yards and four touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus.
“He’s been everything and more since he’s been here,” Kraft said of Revis. “Patriots fans knew what he was like on the field, but they didn’t know what he was like off it. Having worn green all those years and the blind emotion we all have towards the Jets, you have one perception of the man. And the man is very different than that. He’s a good man. He’s a great guy and he works hard. There is no over-ego to him and he’s a great teammate.”