New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis will have his first opportunity at a Super Bowl ring tonight when the Patriots face off against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
However, Revis has a pending cap hit of $20 million in 2015, which means he could end up as a free agent if he were released. If that were to happen, he would have no shortage of suitors, particularly in the AFC East:
Jets are expected to pursue free-agent-to-be CB Darrelle Revis to see if they can bring him back to New York, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2015
Not just Jets interested in Darrelle Revis; Rex Ryan will try to lure the free-agent-to-be CB to Buffalo as well. AFC East in on Revis.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2015
The Bills have an obvious connection to Revis in their new head coach: Rex Ryan. Ryan never would have seen Revis leave to the Jets to begin with, so a reunion of those two would obviously make sense.
Jets' owner Woody Johnson has publicly stated his interest in re-acquiring Revis, causing the Patriots to accuse the Jets of tampering earlier this month. That could make things interesting were they to sign Revis, as fines and/or potential draft pick penalties would certainly come into play.
Nonetheless, this could all be moot. Revis is still under contract with the Patriots through 2015, and Ian Rapoport recently reported that the Patriots could choose to absorb that cap hit. Even if they don't intend on doing that, they will still have a lengthy window before his option hits to work out an extension. In all likelihood, the Patriots and Revis will find a way to make it work.
If he somehow does make it to free agency, it appears that an all-out AFC East bidding war could ensue. That could be just the kind of thing to entice Revis to test the market.