New York Jets sign CB Darrelle Revis

Revis was reportedly going to give the Patriots the right to match any offer he got elsewhere, so we can safely assume that the Patriots’ final offer was less than this 5-year, 70 million dollar deal with 39 million guaranteed that Revis got from his former team, the New York Jets. That shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the Patriots’ history of not paying top dollar to players who are 30 or older, with the obvious exception of Tom Brady. That generally has served them well, but I think Revis is the type of player you make an exception for and that they should have paid up. Conversely, as much as the Jets paid him, they’re still getting a good deal with Revis and a borderline steal, especially considering how big of a need they have at cornerback.

Darrelle Revis is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, grading out 3rd in 2008, 2nd in 2009, 18th in 2010, 1st in 2011, 1st in 2013, and 4th in 2014, with a torn ACL in 2012 that didn’t slow his career down in between. He’s bounced around from the Jets to the Buccaneers to the Patriots back to the Jets over the past few seasons for a few reasons. He tore his ACL in 2012 and then was traded to the Buccaneers for a 1st round pick ahead of his contract year. Tampa Bay then let him go rather than paying him $16 million in 2014 and the Patriots did the same this off-season, rather than paying him $20 million in 2015. However, he’s arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, one of the best players in the entire NFL, and absolutely deserves this long-term security, even going into his age 30 season. He’s yet to show a single sign of slowing down thus far.

Grade: A-




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