Darrelle Revis has proved to be an invaluable addition to the Patriots this season, but the cornerback’s future is more uncertain than any other player in New England.

Revis’ one-year, $12 million contract has a team option for the 2015 season, but the Patriots backloaded the deal, so it’ll take $20 million to bring him back. If the Pats don’t want to dish out that much for Revis, it’ll be up to him to decide whether he wants to stay in New England for less.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, money will play a huge factor in where Revis ends up next season.

“I’ve always look at (Revis) as a businessman — that he’s going to go where the best deal is,” Schefter said on WEEI’s “Middays with MFB” on Friday. “If the best deal is in New England, then fine. Does he like it there enough? If they win a Super Bowl, where he gets a Super Bowl on his resume, and he says, ‘Now I can just go for the best deal truly.’ Or is it worth it to compromise a little bit there to continue playing on in New England where you’ve got a shot to win the Super Bowl? That’s possible, too.

“The Darrelle Revis story obviously has yet to be written. I think he’d be open to going back to New England. But when I think of Darrelle Revis I think business first, always.”

Schefter added that “in a perfect world” both the Patriots and Revis would like to see the All-Pro cornerback return but that it’s “going to come down to money.”

Revis is the cornerstone of a much-improved Patriots secondary, and the team will have to pay him as such if they want him to stick around. Especially if they wind up taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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