Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald tells Arbella Early Edition that while the Pats have been impressed with All-World free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis, reports of a contract extension -- before the season begins -- might be a little premature.
"I'd be surprised if they did it just because they don't have to," Howe told Michael Felger. "If you do it before the season, then you have to account for next year's cap hit, right now it's at $25 million, then you have to get a lot more creative with the contract."
Howe sees a deal coming likely after Revis plays his first season in Foxboro.
"A more realistic scenario is that Revis plays out this year, probably plays as one of the top two or three cornerbacks in the NFL, then is in line for a big payday," Howe said.
Howe says look for a new deal to be about $15 million a year, which would top recent contracts given to corners Patrick Peterson, Joe Hayden and Richard Sherman.
"In talking to some people around the league, I think you're looking at in the neighborhood of three years, $45 million. I based that on the deals that Peterson, Hayden and Sherman got. Those guys all got about $14 million."