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.

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)

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.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The investigation led by Ted Wells into Deflategate has now approached two months, and it doesn’t look like an end is coming anytime soon.

Speaking at the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, Roger Goodell said the league hasn’t put a timeframe on the investigation.

Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed Deflategate during his state of the league address Friday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t put a timeframe on the Deflategate investigation when speaking Wednesday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The investigation led by Ted Wells into Deflategate has now approached two months, and it doesn’t look like an end is coming anytime soon.

Speaking at the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, Roger Goodell said the league hasn’t put a timeframe on the investigation.

“We have not put a timeframe on Ted Wells,” Goodell said. “We’€™ve asked him to be thorough, complete and when he is finished with that, he’€™ll give that to us and to the public in general.”

A followup question was then asked if the league was at all at fault for possibly staining the Patriots’ reputation in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

“We think we made it very clear at the Super Bowl,” said Goodell. “We were not making any judgments, that we were obligated as part of our role to make sure we understand the facts. Whenever there is a charge potentially of a violation of our rules, we take it very seriously, and that’€™s our obligation. That’€™s our obligation to the other 31 clubs. Ted Wells will be going through the report. If there was anything that we as a league did incorrectly, we’€™ll know in that report.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On top of the five rules to help with player safety, and getting rid of the unbalanced line like the Patriots used in the playoffs against the Ravens and Colts, the NFL also approved a few more rule changes as the NFL owners’ meetings wrapped up in Arizona on Wednesday.

Some of these include:

— Linebackers are now permitted to wear No.’s 40-49.

— Retractable roofs can now be opened at halftime, even if they were closed for the first half.

— Instant replay now includes a review of game clock on the final play of a half or overtime.

— Enforcement of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at the end of a half will now be applied to the ensuing kickoff to start the second half.

— The date for the beginning of the window during which players on the PUP list may begin practice has been modified to make it more competitively fair for teams playing on Thursday.

For complete details of all the NFL rules changes, visit the official NFL rules page here.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The eligible receiver/ unbalanced line tactics the Patriots utilized in the AFC divisional playoff game agains the Ravens have now been ruled illegal. The league announced Wednesday that they have passed a proposal to make it  “illegal for an offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible and line up outside the core of the formation.”

John Harbaugh and the Ravens are likely pretty happy after hearing that the unbalanced line the Patriots used in the playoffs is now illegal. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

John Harbaugh and the Ravens are likely pretty happy after hearing that the unbalanced line the Patriots used in the playoffs is now illegal. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The eligible receiver/ unbalanced line tactics the Patriots utilized in the AFC divisional playoff game agains the Ravens have now been ruled illegal. The league announced Wednesday that they have passed a proposal to make it  “illegal for an offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible and line up outside the core of the formation.”

The genesis of the rule change came from the postseason contest between New England and Baltimore when Patriots ran a handful of plays using four offensive linemen and a running back (Shane Vereen) or tight end (Michael Hoomanawanui) lined up as the tackle. Before the plays, the Patriots informed the referee of the ineligible player, and on at least one occasion, the referee announced to the crowd that No. 34 (Vereen) was ineligible, adding “don’t cover (Vereen).”

The Ravens were clearly steamed at the legal sequence after the game. Ravens coach John Harbaugh called it “deception,” and took issue with the idea that “they don’t give you the chance to make the proper substations and things like that.”

He added: “We wanted an opportunity to be able to ID who the eligible players were. What (the Patriots) were doing was they announce the ineligible player and then Tom [Brady] would take them to the line right away and snap the ball before we had a chance to figure out who was lined up where. That was the deception part of it. It was clearly deception.”

In the midst of the confusion, the Patriots were able to capitalize — on three plays, New England hit on pass plays of 16, 11 and 14 yards. While it wasn’t the biggest turning point in the game, it was clear that it contributed to the normally unflappable Ravens coming unglued, as Baltimore twice choked up 14-point leads on the way to the Patriots win.

After the game, Brady was asked about the play.

“Maybe those guys (should) study the rule book and figure it out,” said the quarterback with a smile.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Mike Davis (Todd Bennett/GettyImages)

Mike Davis was plagued by injur (Todd Bennett/Getty Images)

MIKE DAVIS

Position: Running back

School: South Carolina

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 223 pounds

Achievements: 2013 All-SEC second team

What he brings: One of Davis’ valuable assets is his compact frame that, combined with his power and agility, might help him find a starting spot in the NFL. He accelerates quickly through holes, according to Rob Rang of CBS Sports, and is patient enough to let holes develop as well. NFL.com praises him for his ability to create separation in the back field and to the perimeter and mentions that his acceleration and spin move help him run.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: Davis was bothered by nagging injuries for much of 2014, and one NFC South scout told NFL.com that he wasn’t the same player this past season. He carried the ball 199 times for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. The year before, he rushed 203 times for 1,183 yards and 11 TDs. Rang wrote that Davis wore down in 2013, which is why he struggled last season, and noted that it might raise questions about his handling of an NFL workload. His brother, James Davis, was a running back at Clemson and bounced around the NFL from 2009 until 2011.

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Video: Here are highlights of Davis vs. Missouri in 2014.

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said Wednesday she will allow some of Aaron Hernandez’s phone calls from jail to be used by the prosecution in its murder case against the former Patriot.

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said Wednesday she will allow some of Aaron Hernandez’s phone calls from jail to be used by the prosecution in its murder case against the former Patriot.

Hernandez’s lawyers had asked for those conversations — including those with his fiancee and Dolphins offensive lineman Mike Pouncey (a former University of Florida teammate) — to be excluded. The prosecution said it did not plan to use the calls with Pouncey.

Garsh said she would rule later on which calls could be included.

Also Wednesday, Garsh said prosecutors are “about a week or so” away from resting their case in the trial, which has gone on for eight weeks.

Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar