The New England Patriots’ original agreement with Darrelle Revis looked too good to be true.
It appeared the Patriots had signed the free-agent cornerback to a one-year deal, and they could franchise Revis to lock him up for 2015. The Patriots can’t franchise Revis, however, a source told FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo, confirming earlier reports about Revis’ contract.
Darrelle Revis' deal w/ Patriots has a provision preventing team from tagging him in '15 if they decline option, sources tell @FOXSports1—
Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2014
Revis signed a two-year deal worth $32 million, but the second year is an option. The deal essentially is a one-year contract worth $12 million, but to save the Patriots cap room, Revis’ salary is spread over two years ($7 million cap hit in 2014, $5 million in 2015). It would be costly ($20 million) to keep Revis for the second year.
If the Patriots hope to keep Revis in 2015, they’ll likely need to agree to a contract extension or re-sign him in free agency after declining his option for 2015. Revis will have a $5 million cap hit on the Patriots’ books in 2015 whether he’s back or not.