Could the Patriots be open to picking up Darrelle Revis‘ lucrative option for 2015? The organization feels that the star cornerback is what makes the New England defense work and they want to ensure that the Super Bowl won’t be his final game in red and blue. They’ll work hard to hammer out a long-term extension with him when the offseason starts, but if that doesn’t work out, they’re not opposed to just exercising his $20MM option, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com (video link). Given the cost and the cap hit (~$25MM), however, it’s still hard to imagine New England going through with that. More from the AFC East..
- The Bills formally announced the hiring of a number of assistant coaches today, including new senior offensive assistant Chris Palmer. Palmer comes to Buffalo with 22 years of NFL coaching experience, including a recent stint (2011-2012) as the Titans’ offensive coordinator.
- The NFL has zeroed in on a Patriots locker room attendant in connection with the Deflategate scandal, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. There is surveillance video showing the attendant taking the footballs from the official’s locker room into another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them out to the field, according to sources. Of course, both Pats head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have proclaimed their innocence in the matter.
- Lead investigator Ted Wells says that the Patriots investigation could take “at least” several more weeks, according to Gary Myers of the Daily News (on Twitter). Wells also implored people (link) not to read into the order of the interviews. Brady will be interviewed, but that chat won’t take place this week for obvious reasons.