With the Patriots not picking up the option on Vince Wilfork‘s contract for next year, the team now has some decisions to make in their secondary with Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty.
Appearing on Mad Dog Sports Radio with Adam Schein on Thursday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter shared what he knows and believes regarding the two members of the Patriots defense.
Revis has a team option for 2015 worth $20 million, with a cap hit of $25 million. It is believed the Patriots will not pay that and release him prior to Monday’s new league year making him a free agent. Once that happens Schefter believes it will then come down to the Patriots and the Jets for his services.
“I believe that it will come down to the Patriots and the Jets,” said Schefter. “I think the Jets are going to pay him short of whatever he wants to bring him back there because not only could they use him, it would be a huge moral, emotional victory for that franchise to bring him back there, get him to finish his career there.
“I don’t know what New England is going to offer him, I really don’t. Say it’s $10 million, $11 million a year, $12 million and you’re the Jets and offer $15-16 million a year. Worth it to go back to New York to finish your career for a few million dollars more where you would be saluted as a king? I don’t know. It’s a question of what you find most important, what you value most in your life and what you want to do with your career.”
Ultimately, since Revis has made a lot of money over the course of his career, and won a Super Bowl title this past season, it will be what the cornerback values most.
“He’s in a situation where he’s made how ever millions over the course of his career — $70, $80, $90, $100 million dollars. He now has a Super Bowl ring. He’s played on a highly successful winning team in an organization or he has struggled in certain seasons with other teams,” Schefter said. “Now what do you want to do? Do you want to go get one last big deal from a team that is out there, and there will be a team like the Jets that is willing to give it to him, or do you want to go back to New England for less money and finish out your career knowing that as long as Tom Brady is there in that place, you’re going to be competitive every year?
“What would you decide? That is a decision he gets to make now and he has a lot of leverage here because he’s got the ring, he’s got the money, so really it comes down to what is most important to him and I don’t know what that is right now.”
As for McCourty, Schefter said he was “surprised” the Patriots franchised kicker Stephen Gostkowski and not McCourty. With McCourty now set to hit the open market, he believes he will get some strong offers, some that might compel him to leave New England, a place he loves.
“It was a little surprising to me that McCourty wasn’t tagged and they went with Gostkowski,” Schefter said. “I think once McCourty gets to market he’s going to get a lot of interest from a lot of different teams — Philadelphia, both New York teams. Look, what team in the league doesn’t need a safety? If you’re in that position, I think he is going to command big dollars.
“I think it is going to be a big enough offer that compels him to leave New England, a place he’d like to stay. He wants to be there. He’d like to stay there. This is going to be a business decision and I think there are going to be some teams out there that make it a hard enough business decision for him to leave.”