After engaging in constant discussions over the last few days, the New England Patriots and Darrelle Revis have agreed on a one-year, $12 million deal. The deal comes on the heels of the Patriots losing star corner Aqib Talib to the Denver Broncos, and it is clear that Revis will fill this gap by once again becoming the best cornerback in the NFL.
In joining the Patriots, Revis will be teaming up with one of the best coaching staffs in all of NFL, and head coach Bill Belichick will ensure that the star cornerback doesn’t engage in any of the antics that have sparked negative comments in past years. It certainly appears that this will be a marriage that unfolds much like the addition of Randy Moss, as Revis is still a hugely talented player who seems to need a kick in his butt to get going.
Revis was certainly no slouch on the field in 2013, but he simply didn’t look to have the intensity of powerful presence of his early years with the New York Jets, and his performance suffered a bit for it. Over the 16 games of the regular season, the 28 year old only picked off two passes, stuffed three passes and contributed five tackles. This would be good output for any normal player, but marked a third straight year of underperformance for the perennial Pro Bowl player, which in part can be attributed to having very few passes thrown his way.
For a player that has genuine 4.4 40-yard dash speed, can jam up any wide receiver at the line of scrimmage and can compete with any wide receiver in the air, Revis should be posting years that simply drop jaws. At 28 years of age, it is clear that Revis has four to five years left of top notch physical ability, and after joining the Patriots, he will certainly receive more passes in his direction. This will instantly inflate his statistical output to 6-8 interceptions, 2-4 forced fumbles, and will reassert “Revis Island” as the ultimate place that no NFL quarterback wants to visit.