Will the partnership of Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots end after just one (Super Bowl winning) season? It looks like a possibility after the team declined to pick up the All-Pro cornerback's contract option.
On the one hand, by not exercising Revis' option the Patriots save $20.0 million in cap space; on the other hand, however, they leave themselves potentially vulnerable in the secondary after also declining to pick up fellow cornerback Brandon Browner's contract option. Due to that, both of New England's 2014 starting cornerbacks are now hitting the Unrestricted Free Agent market and are free to sign with any team in the league.
Will the Patriots lose Revis and Browner, however? This remains to be seen, even though the chances are higher than they have ever been before. According to Adam Schefter, the sense out of New England is that Revis is close to joining the New York Jets, but that the team tries to make one final push to get the 29-year old back aboard.
In related news, the Patriots have also declined to offer tender sheets to Exclusive Rights Free Agent wide receivers Brian Tyms and Greg Orton, according to Mark Daniels. Both are now Unrestricted Free Agents.