The Jets may cut Darrelle Revis this offseason. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets may cut Darrelle Revis this offseason. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Two years ago, talking heads across the sports radio dial lambasted Bill Belichick for allowing Darrelle Revis to sign with the Jets in free agency. But now, all of the rage seems foolish. Letting Revis walk was one of the best decisions Belichick has ever made.

The latest lowlight for Revis came last weekend, when he may have knocked out two men during an early morning fight in Pittsburgh. According to police, the now-washed up cornerback had an altercation with two men who recognized him and approached him at 2:43 a.m. Sunday. One of them took out a cell phone and started recording Revis, who took the device and threw it onto the street. An unidentified male then came to Revis’ aid. The 22-year-old and 21-year-old victims say they were knocked unconscious shortly thereafter. Their story is corroborated by witnesses.

Revis, 31, is facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault. His attorney, Blaine Jones, told the NFL Network Thursday Revis wasn’t the aggressor.

Long before last Sunday’s scuffle, Belichick’s decision to discard Revis was vindicated. Some say that happened the moment the Jets signed the veteran corner to a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million guaranteed –– an obscene contract the Patriots would’ve never forked over.

After showing some signs of regression in 2015, Revis became a liability last season. It started Week 1, when Bengals wideout A.J. Green burned him for 12 catches and 180 yards. His performance didn’t get any better from there. The following week, he was torched by little-known Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for an 84-yard touchdown pass in prime time on Thursday Night Football. On and on it went.

During his lone season with the Patriots, Revis was a lockdown No. 1 corner. Quarterbacks who targeted him in 2014 were 33 of 76 (43.4%) for 523 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 53.8 rating. That stellar play is a big reason why the Patriots steamrolled their competition in the second half of the year and won Super Bowl XLIX.

Letting Revis leave that offseason was bold, especially because the Patriots replaced him with Malcolm Butler. The undrafted rookie made the game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX, but was still relatively untested. But now, two years later, he’s one of the best cornerbacks in the game. Revis, meanwhile, was picked apart all season long in 2016. Quarterbacks who targeted him last season posted a passer-rating north of 100.

For the price of $600,000, Butler vastly outperformed Revis and his $17 million base salary. Beat writers are now calling for the Jets to cut Revis outright, and eat the $6 million they still owe him.

The way Belichick played the Revis situation is a reminder the Patriots’ dynasty is about more than Tom Brady. That kind of deft personnel management –– signing Revis to an one-year, $12 million deal with $20 million team option so he could rebuild his value –– is a big reason why the Patriots have been able to stay on top for 15 years.

Belichick preaches the importance of value. The way he handled Revis embodies his brilliant team building philosophy.

Blog Author: 
AReimer

Michael Floyd was arrested for DUI in December after falling asleep at the wheel and on Friday he learned his punishment.

The wide receiver pleaded guilty to extreme DUI and has been sentenced to 120 days in jail. The other six charges against him were dropped.

Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI on Friday. (WEEI.com)

Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI on Friday. (WEEI.com)

Michael Floyd was arrested for DUI in December after falling asleep at the wheel and on Friday he learned his punishment.

The wide receiver pleaded guilty to extreme DUI and has been sentenced to 120 days in jail. The other six charges against him were dropped.

Fox 10 reports 24 of the days will be served at Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the other 96 will be home detention.

Floyd also has to do 40 hours of community service and was fined over $5,000.

The receiver was released by the Cardinals the week of the incident and was claimed off waivers by the Patriots the next day. He played in two regular season games with the team and the divisional round in the playoffs. He was inactive for the AFC title game and Super Bowl LI.

Floyd is currently a free agent, and for more on his future in New England click here.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Remember when Josh McDaniels was thought to be the next coach of the 49ers?

It appears it would have been a package deal with ESPN analyst Louis Riddick as his general manager.

Josh McDaniels and Louis Riddick were going to be a "package deal" in SF. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels and Louis Riddick were going to be a “package deal” in SF. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Remember when Josh McDaniels was thought to be the next coach of the 49ers?

It appears it would have been a package deal with ESPN analyst Louis Riddick as his general manager.

On ESPN Radio, Riddick claims he was “very, very, very, very, very, very, very close” to becoming the GM of the team, but didn’t get the gig because McDaniels removed his name from consideration and the two were a “package deal.”

“It was either going to be him and I, or it wasn’t,” Riddick said. “Josh, for his personal reasons, decided that now wasn’t a good time. When he decided that — which I was on board with that, obviously — therefore I wasn’t in the running anymore.”

Riddick claimed he had a good interview with the team before McDaniels took his name out of the running.

“It went awesome,” Riddick said. “I got a lot of great feedback from them. I felt that my plan was rock solid, and if it was something that would’ve worked out for Josh and myself overall, then we would be there. But it had nothing to do with anything other than the fact that the pairing, it just wasn’t the right time for us to do that.”

Ultimately, the organization decided on Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the new coach and former NFL player John Lynch as general manager.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
It doesn't appear Michael Floyd will be returning to the Patriots next season. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

It doesn’t appear Michael Floyd will be returning to the Patriots next season. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

Judging by what Michael Floyd said during Super Bowl week he would like to return to New England next season, but with him being a free agent, it isn’t completely up to him.

The Patriots would need to offer him a contract.

“I hope to be back in Foxboro,” Floyd said the week of the Super Bowl. “I love it here. I hope that I can make that happen, for sure.”

Added Floyd: “I have no idea how that process works. I haven’t experienced it, but I’m sure it’s exciting and I can’t wait. I hope I’m here.”

As it stands now, the Patriots have Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola under contract for next season as receivers. It is worth noting Amendola has a cap hit of close to $8 million and if he returns, he will do so with a new contract.

So, is there room for Floyd?

The short answer may be no. With those players, the only player under the age of 28 is Mitchell, who was a rookie this past season. The Patriots need to try and get younger at the position and because of that, Floyd might not be the best option. While the team doesn’t necessarily need to draft a receiver, they should make an attempt to get a younger player in the mix.

Floyd was claimed by the Patriots on December 15, a day after being released by the Cardinals following a DUI arrest. He played in two regular season games, with his best being Week 17 against the Dolphins catching three passes and a touchdown, as well as delivering a huge block to spring Edelman for a long touchdown.

He was active for the divisional round with Mitchell out, but then was inactive for the AFC title game and Super Bowl. Floyd and Tom Brady didn’t appear to be on the same page in the divisional round on a few plays. It’s not totally known just how well Floyd picked up the offense in his two months with the team, but did do a good job of simulating Julio Jones in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl LI.

The 27-year-old isn’t in a position to cash in on a big deal given his year, so he may be best suited to take a one-year, prove it type contract next season. Given the Patriots’ situation at receiver, it may not be best with them.

New England could add another young receiver to have four along with Edelman, Hogan and Mitchell, but then if the Patriots wanted to have five, Amendola would be a better option than Floyd because of his chemistry with Brady and ability to make clutch plays.

While Floyd was never an issue with the Patriots, he may be with another team next season.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Last week, Chris Long shredded a New York Daily News columnist for writing him a dopey open letter about skipping the Patriots’ upcoming White House visit.

Former Patriots cornerback Leonard Myers passed away at age 38 after a battle with cancer, according to the University of Miami.

Myers was drafted in the sixth round of the 2001 draft, the same year the Patriots won their first Super Bowl, but was inactive for the game. He may be most known for selling his Super Bowl ring on eBay for $32,600.

After three seasons with the Patriots, Myers spent time with the Saints, Jets and Lions, and then played in the Canadian Football League.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Former Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis may have lost a step for the Jets last season, but apparently he is still not to be messed with off the field.

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

Former Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis may have lost a step for the Jets last season, but apparently he is still not to be messed with off the field.

According to Pittsburgh TV station WTAE, Revis is being investigated about weekend altercation and could face felony charges.

According to WTAE, a police officer saw Revis talking to two men on Pittsburgh’s trendy South Side. When the officer returned, the two men were unconscious.

One of them reportedly shot a cellphone video of the altercation, which Revis attempted to delete.

Revis’s attorney, Blaine Jones, told WTAE that Revis was a victim.

“Mr. Revis came home to Pittsburgh this past weekend to visit family and friends. During that time, Mr. Revis went by a location in the South Side that he is in the process of developing,” Jones said in the email. “Mr. Revis was physically assaulted while at that location by a group of at least five people. Mr. Revis feared for his safety and retreated from the aggressors.”

Blog Author: 
WEEI