It’s been widely speculated that the New England Patriots won’t pick up Darrelle Revis’ $20 million option, making the cornerback a free agent next season. But that might not be the case.

In fact, the Patriots actually are in an ideal situation when it comes to re-signing Revis.

New England reportedly will try to work out a long-term extension with the All-Pro cornerback, but they haven’t ruled out honoring that hefty option yet either, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

But what makes the whole issue favorable for the Patriots is the fact that they don’t have to make a decision on Revis until late March. That means they’ll have almost two full months to work out a deal before then, but if he hits free agency, the market will be depleted by that point. And it’s not probable that any contenders will have the cap space to take on Revis after his performance this season.

Revis amassed two interceptions, 47 tackles and a forced fumble during the regular season and consistently held top receivers to minimum yardage. It’s safe to say that the Patriots would like him to do that for them next year, regardless of whether it comes in the form of a $20 million option or a long-term deal.

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