A little over a month ago it was winning time for Darrelle Revis, capturing his first Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots. But for Revis, long a player who has made no bones about his love for money, the start of the NFL’s free agency period Tuesday signaled that it’s “cashin’ in time.”
The Jets will pay Revis somewhere north of $40 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter was the first to report that Revis had agreed to terms with New York.
Revis, the face of the Jets franchise from basically his rookie year of 2007 right up until 2012, returns to a club in desperate need for a leader. The Jets traded away Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April of 2013 in exchange for draft picks. Revis lasted just a year in Tampa Bay, and flirted with a return to New York a year ago before the Patriots signed him in free agency.
The Pats also did not pick up a $2 million roster bonus on cornerback Brandon Browner, saving $4.8 million. Immediately, the thought was that that cash would go directly into the pocket of Revis, but it did not play out that way.
Offensively, the Patriots just aren’t as strong as they were when they captured the Lombardi Trophy back on Feb. 1 either. Running back Shane Vereen, the classic pass-catching back, agreed to a contract with the Giants on Tuesday.
Vereen carried the ball just 96 times for 391 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots in 2014, but he did legit damage in the passing game, catching 52 balls from Tom Brady for 447 yards and three touchdowns.
As for Patriots free agent additions, Schefter tweeted out Tuesday night that the Patriots were meeting with free agent, pass-rushing linebacker Jabaal Sheard, formerly of the Browns. Receiver Percy Harvin could also be on the Pats’ radar after he was cut by the Jets.