While there’s been a little buzz lately suggesting that the Patriots could pick up their second-year option on cornerback Darrelle Revis, that has always been a long shot, given its size ($20MM salary, $25MM cap hit). Today, team president Jonathan Kraft essentially acknowledged as much, suggesting during an appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan that the Pats’ priority is to work out a longer-term deal with the star corner.
“People understand that [the option]’s a placeholder and we’ll get to work on trying to make [an extension] happen,” Kraft said in the interview, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. For his part, the Pats president has nothing but praise for Revis.
“He’s been everything and more since he’s been here,” Kraft told WEEI. “Patriots fans knew what he was like on the field, but didn’t know what he was like off it. Having worn green all those years and the blind emotion we all have toward the Jets, you have one perception of the man. And the man is very different than that. He’s a great guy and he works hard. There is no over-ego to him and he’s a great teammate. He’s been a real pleasure to have him as part of the organization.”
The Pats will have a little more than four weeks to exclusively negotiate with Revis, and it appears that the team will do everything it can to extend his contract before free agency begins. If New England chooses not to pick up that second-year option on the 29-year-old, the franchise tag won’t be in play, due to the way the contract is structured. The club will have to make its decision on Revis by March 9, so if no deal is reached by that point, the corner could hit free agency on March 10 along with the rest of this year’s class.