Darrelle Revis said Wednesday the Patriots’ offer to him wasn’t in the ballpark of what he was looking for. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Even though the Patriots didn’t pick up Darrelle Revis’ $20 million team option for 2015, the team still had a chance to sign him — just like every other team in the league — via free agency.
Ultimately the Patriots did make an offer to Revis, but it fell short of what he was looking for.
“Obviously I’m not going to speak to numbers,” Revis said on The Michael Kay Show in New York Wednesday. “But I had the option — the $20 million option — that they could’ve exercised and they didn’t. We tried to work on a deal, and the deal, we felt that it wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for. We moved on and they moved on too. Had a great conversation with Bill [Belichick], and we moved forward just like they did. That’s how you look at it.”
Revis ultimately signed with the Jets for five years and $70 million, with $39 million guaranteed. Some may say Revis only chose the Jets because of the money he was offered. He said it takes both sides to agree upon a deal.
“Contracts are contracts. We all know that, man,” said Revis. “Both sides have to agree on the deal and the numbers are the numbers. If a team doesn’t want to pay you money, they won’t pay you, they will give you a lesser deal. If they want to pay you, they will pay you. Everybody knows that. It’s not just one side. Contracts don’t get done one-sided. They get done with both sides agreeing to the terms.”
Playing for the Jets for the first six years of his career and then being traded to Tampa Bay in 2013, Revis said he was actually surprised the Jets would be interested in bringing him back for a second time. It was a place he wanted to return to, a place he calls “home.”
“I think at that point I was surprised,” Revis said. “It was a lot of back-and-forth with the tampering, what Mr. [Woody] Johnson said. There was just a lot of stuff going on at that time. In free agency they were one of the teams that called. The Jets were one of the teams that called. It was a bunch of teams. It was the Steelers, it was Cleveland, it was the Chiefs, it was the Packers, Baltimore — I mean, it was every team as well. Guys were willing to fly down and meet with me.
“The whole situation was like I said, it will always go back to that is where I got drafted. That is where I felt most comfortable. That is where I feel familiar with. I know a lot of people in the building and I felt like for me it was time to come home.”
Revis has had the privilege of playing for two of the best defensive coaches in the game in Belichick and Rex Ryan. Although both have different styles, Revis said he learned a lot from both.
“I love them both,” he said. “I learned a lot from Rex. I definitely learned a lot from Bill. They have two different coaching styles. Having either one of them as a head coach I don’t think you could go wrong either way. I am happy to have played under those guys and actually learn a lot of football from both sides.”
On the outside many people don’t view Belichick has a funny person. Revis said once you’re around him on a daily basis you can see that he has a sense of humor, albeit a dry sense of humor.
“Bill is funny, man,” Revis said. “It’s a dry sense of humor. If you’re around him long enough you’ll get it. You’ll get his dry sense of humor and his jokes and he’ll crack a smile and you will crack a smile with him because you’ll get the jokes. … He gets guys laughing and things, but Rex is a little bit more loud. Bill is a little bit more conservative and laid back kind of guy.”
Now playing for the Jets, and Ryan now in Buffalo with the Bills, Revis with get to face his former coaches in exactly one-fourth of his games during the 2015 season — most likely trying to show them what they are missing not having him on their teams.