ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss the free agency market. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Less than 15 minutes after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network announced that the Patriots and cornerback Brandon Browner had agreed to a two-year deal, reports surfaced that the two sides did not have an agreement.
“He just hasn’t reached agreement on a two-year deal,” Schefter said. “That’s just not right right now. Maybe eventually he will reach agreement with the Patriots, but today he’s in Washington visiting the Redskins. So again, if he had the agreement, I don’t know why he’s wasting his time to go to Washington to visit the Redskins, and then he’s supposed to be visiting the Saints after that and his agent is still talking to the Raiders and the Patriots.
“Here’s my assessment of where the deal’s at — I think Browner, in his own mind, is comfortable with the idea of playing in New England and would like to play in New England. I think from a Patriots standpoint, they think a deal is close. But the agent’s doing his job trying to see what kind of market he can generate, and you don’t know what other team is going to be offering or how interested the Redskins or Saints or Raiders are going to be and so ultimately he very well may wind up in New England.”
Schefter added: “I think there’s a way to go in this process, and, again, I’ve seen this so many times with so many different players and so many different teams throughout the years. There have been times an agreement is coming down, and bang, it doesn’t. And it just changes. It’s a very fluid thing, and you think you know what’s happening in free agency, and a lot of times the curtain’s pulled right out from underneath you.”
Two days after Darrelle Revis reportedly agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with the Patriots, new details have emerged about the deal that make it appear that it is actually a two-year, $32 million contract.
“One-year, $12 million deal — that’s where it is,” Schefter said. “There’s a $20 million option bonus in there. How many players do you know who get a $20 million payment for one year of work? That doesn’t happen. It’s in there for cap purposes to soften the blow on the Patriots’ salary cap this year, so they don’t have to absorb the full $12 million, and they get more flexibility.
“Yes, it’s a two-year deal. We can look at it as a two-year deal. The fact of the matter is if you ask anyone in any front office, it’s a one-year, $12 million contract. It’s a two-year deal on paper, technically, but it’s a one-year, $12 million contract.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
On Revis going back into the market next year: “I would say that’s accurate depending on how he plays this year. Now, they did discuss a two year deal — a legitimate two-year deal where he would have been paid about that kind of money for two years’ work, and Revis wanted the contract structured the way he did because both sides know it’s really a one-year deal. … I think that Darrelle Revis is an unbelievable player. He’s been a great player for a long time. he’s also been great at making money and great at having drama and the spotlight follow him — all those things. You go back a few years ago, his hold out was the big story of the season. And then last year his trade was the big story of the offseason. This year his release and subsequent signing with the Patriots is the big story of the offseason, and next season it’ll be another big story in the offseason.”
On Vince Wilfork: “Wilfork is in a case where they’ve asked him to take a pay cut. He’s told them he’s not going to do that. … Sometimes you have to assess the market. Sometimes you get a little emotional and heated. You got to take a step back and size things up and I think this will play out over weeks. I don’t think this is a quick-decision-type thing. It’s not like he said, ‘I want to be released,’ and New England’s going to release him today. I don’t think that’s how it’s going to play out.
“His agent will do his work. He’ll inquire to see what his value is, and he’ll figure out to make a good business decision going forward.”
On Julian Edelman: “Julian Edelman‘s got his first visit today — scheduled to visit San Francisco. The 49ers are talking with Julien Edelman. They’re talking with Hakeem Nicks as well. Edelman’s from the Bay area. The Niners have a legitimate interest. We’ll see what type of offer, if any offer, that amounts to.”
On Wilfork and Edelman coming back to New England: “I think both guys are major question marks to see if they’re back.”