Second year of Revis deal will push sides together

Second year of Revis deal will push sides together
March 14, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Aqib Talib signed with Denver and this happened.
 
The Patriots signed Darrelle Revis to replace Talib and this happened.
 
Details of Revis’ contract revealed that his 2015 cap hit is forbidding and now we got this.
 
It’s like a guy sitting in 80 degree sunshine on the Cape pissed off because a band of showers is moving through the Poconos and headed East.
 
Whatever.
 
What the inflated second year of the deal does, obviously, is force the Patriots back to the table. Unless they want to return to the uncomfortable hours from Tuesday night to Wednesday evening when they were without a top-tier corner, that’s what they’ll be starting at when the 2015 league year kicks in and Revis’ salary escalates to $20M. Additionally, the Patriots pushed $5M of Revis expenditure into the 2015 league year.
 
So the Patriots either pay Revis $20M next year and take a $25M cap hit (with the $5M pushed forward). They push away from the table and take a $5M dead money cap hit.
 
Or they renegotiate, extend Revis’ deal, keep a great player as he enters the autumn of his career and have a core of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo, Darrelle Revis, Chandler Jones, Donta Hightower, Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Danny Amendola through about 2017. Throw in Devin McCourty and Shane Vereen and you’re kinda set in key spots for three more seasons.
 
And if you can’t get something done with Revis after 2014 and he lights out for bigger money? Necessity, as we saw this week and in 2012 when the Patriots swung the Talib deal, is the mother of invention.
 
Bill Belichick and the guy who’s been point man on these deals and negotiations, Nick Caserio, will probably think of something.