Patriots Talk: Is Darrelle Revis Really Coming Back to the Patriots?
Since free agency began, many NFL analysts felt that the New England Patriots would be the perfect team for many veteran players to get their last chance at earning a Super Bowl ring. After his case in Pittsburgh was dismissed a week ago on a non-monetary bond, NFL analysts talked about New York Jets [cornerback] Darrelle Revis making a return back to the team. CSB Sports’ writer Jason La Canfora was told by an anonymous NFL executive, that Revis can still play.
We did our work on him. He can still play. He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”
However, the issue is that Revis had already played for the New England Patriots two seasons ago, which resulted in winning Super Bowl XLIX. Revis earned his ring, and that is all there really is to it. He spent only one season with the Patriots in 2014 which resulted in New England winning Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots did not pick up Revis’ second-year option in the 2014 off-season, and he signed back to his former team, the New York Jets, in free agency. His contract was signed for five years, worth 70 million (39 million guaranteed) with the New York Jets. In 2016, Revis played 15 games and finished his season with 53 tackles, five pass deflections and one interception. That is a huge dropoff from where his production has been for the past several years.
Revis Island seemed to be sunk by this point in his career since he is 31 this year. It seems that with his decline and the question of whether he can transition to safety, its not in the Patriots interest to sign him. However, [Quarterback] Tom Brady commented after the Patriots 22-17 victory in week 12 on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Radio show about his thoughts on Revis and his decline over the season.
He’s still very competitive out there,
I think he’s still — when I watched the film after the game — he’s still close on a lot of plays. We made some good throws and catches on him. I thought the one that Julian made late in the game was really critical. We were second-and-10, backed up, we needed to go down and score points. Jules did a good job separating from him.
The discussion was ignited due to recent talks of Malcolm Butler being traded to the New Orleans Saints. If the Patriots lose Butler, there will be a huge drop within the secondary at the cornerback position. That can’t be addressed with the NFL draft, especially with the Patriots lacking a first and second round pick. According to CSNNE writer Tom Curran, there is has been no deal made with Revis at this time, so until there is any further confirmation, I will say this is a very doubtful scenario. If you consider the fact that team’s like the Dallas Cowboys have effectively lost more than half their starting secondary this off-season, it seems even less possible.