Curran: Revis' career has plummeted since leaving Patriots

Curran: Revis' career has plummeted since leaving Patriots

FOXBORO -- Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis’ level of play is in freefall.

When the Jets last played 10 days ago, Revis got lit up by Titans wideout Kenny Britt for 98 yards on five catches. In the first half. Britt finished with seven catches for 109 yards. A parade of receivers has exploited the once-great corner this year. He has two passes defensed and no interceptions to date.

This isn’t what the Jets expected when they signed Revis to a five-year, $70 million deal that included $39 million fully guaranteed and $48 million over the first three years. After just 23 games (Revis played 14 last year and has played nine for the 3-7 Jets), Jets media is already analyzing just how costly it will be to the team if it throws Revis overboard after the season.

Revis and the Patriots, of course, had a mutually beneficial one-year fling in 2014.

The Patriots won a Super Bowl thanks in large part to the outstanding coverage work of the secondary as a whole all season long. Revis was singularly outstanding. But he also raised the level of play of the players around him. His presence allowed the team to play a much more aggressive style that really hadn’t been done with success since Ty Law was roaming the secondary. And Revis’ willingness to tutor teammates who idolized him imbued players like Logan Ryan, Devin McCourty and, yeah, Malcolm Butler, with a higher level of knowledge and confidence. Revis may have given up a TD in Super Bowl 49 when he was picked by an official, but the case could be made that the butterfly effect of Revis’ presence may have helped Butler have the sack to make the play he did to seal the game.

Revis wasn’t in it for the long haul in New England, though. The two-year, $32 million contract, which included a prohibitive 2015 salary of $20 million, ensured he was a one-year player for the Pats. After Revis earned his ring in February after going through a year of the strict, high-intensity, heavy-workload atmosphere in New England, he hit the free agent market in March of 2015.

It was a bag job deal from the start for the Jets, as a behind-the-negotiations story demonstrated. The post-Rex Jets needed something to invigorate their fans and they weren’t going to be outbid on Revis.

When Revis signed with the Jets, the usual suspects trotted out the four horsemen of the Patriots apocalypse: Cheap, Arrogant, Entitled and . . . Arrogant II

My opinion at the time was this:
Revis was Revis. The Patriots were the Patriots.
If the Patriots kept bidding, the Jets weren’t going to fold.
Still, the “JUST SHOULDA PAID HIM!!!” howling continues from people who, I presume either grew up with the silverest of spoons in their mouths or have the kind of personal credit score only a 2007 subprime mortgage lender would love.
Theirs is a special kind of outrage which is backed by this grade-school logic: The Patriots won a Super Bowl with Darrelle Revis and hadn’t won one in the 10 years previous. Ipso facto…!
These are people who should kneel and thank Wes Welker’s tiny hands for not rendering that argument completely moot. Had Welker caught a certain difficult-to-handle pass in February, 2012 then they’d be without a net.

The Patriots didn’t really have a choice in the Revis matter. They were used as a stalking horse. Credit them for realizing it and pushing away from the table but they chose to not re-sign Revis the same way I chose not to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

With the Patriots set to play the Jets for the first time this season, Bill Belichick was asked about Revis’ level of performance.
Belichick was complimentary. But it was telling that he had to go back to 2015 to cite a play where Revis was Revisy.

“Just go back to our game,” Belichick said. “Had a big interception against us down there. Would never underestimate that player. He’s good. He’s a good competitor.”

Since signing with the Jets, Revis’ off-field timeline has been dotted with foolishness.

Weeks after he signed with the Jets he got in an Instagram pissing contest with a Patriots fan and sideswiped the Patriots along the way. After a 60 Minutes interview, his former friend John Geiger called Revis a pothead, a d***head and several other things that didn’t have “head” attached to them. Feelings were bruised when Revis’ mother was turned away from the Patriots’ ring ceremony. He fired his agents. He’s suing his agents. And he says his body is breaking down.

Be all that as it may, Revis delivered for the Patriots in the one season he was here

Said Devin McCourty, “He was just a great player for us. His ability to do what we asked him to do in a defense that was really tough (was remarkable). To be able to go out there and assign (individual receivers) and really stop them, that was a big part of what we were able to do in 2014 week in and week out. From a teaching standpoint, his knowledge of playing in a couple of different systems and how he viewed the game and how he viewed matchups it definitely helped the whole secondary.”

The Patriots should be thankful for the year Revis had with them in 2014. And eternally thankful to the Jets for making sure they were the ones that won the Revis Sweepstakes 20 months ago.

Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

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Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

There's one gigantic hole to fill on the Patriots offensive line.

Replacing Nate Solder is no easy task and it's not exactly clear how the Pats will yet.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the Patriots would like to bring back Waddle or Fleming.

It now appears that one of the former backup tackle is taking a serious look elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport. 

It's not the best offensive line free agency market this season, so the Pats may prefer to bring back a guy they are familar with.

If Fleming is off the board, Waddle still remains as an option for New England.



How the compensatory pick formula may impact Patriots free-agent calls

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How the compensatory pick formula may impact Patriots free-agent calls

How highly do the Patriots value their mid-round draft picks? We'll find out as the run on NFL free agents continues this week. 

If Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio plan to make any signings from outside the organization, they'll have to factor into that decision what they will be giving up. Money and cap space matter . . . sure. But there is draft capital at stake.  

The Patriots are currently projected to land two third-round compensatory picks in 2019 after losing both Malcolm Butler and Nate Solder in free agency. There's real value there, and the decision-makers at One Patriot Place may be reluctant to give that up. 

Recent Patriots third-round picks include Derek Rivers, Tony Garcia, Joe Thuney, Jacoby Brissett, Vincent Valentine, Geneo Grissom, Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan. 


Before we get into how the Patriots might lose those third-round comp picks if they remain active in free-agency, it's worth noting how comp picks are assigned. 

The compensatory-pick formula the league uses has never been published, but we know the basics. It's based on free agents lost and free agents acquired in a given year by a particular team. The level of those players is taken into consideration -- based on salary, playing time and other factors -- and then picks are issued to teams who have lost more (or better) free agents than they acquired. Only free agents whose contracts have expired (not players who've been released) qualify for the compensatory-pick formula.'s Nick Korte is the best in the business when it comes to predicting how many picks teams will land based on their free-agent losses and acquisitions, and he has the Patriots down for two third-rounders in 2019 and nothing else. 

That may sound surprising given the Patriots lost Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola in addition to Butler and Solder, but that's the way the formula broke, according to Korte. The Adrian Clayborn signing (given a sixth-round value by OTC) cancelled out the Amendola loss (sixth-round value). The Matt Tobin signing (seventh-round value) cancelled out the Lewis loss (sixth-round value). And the Jeremy Hill signing (seventh-round value) cancelled out the Johnson Bademosi loss (sixth-round value). 

Why do Tobin and Hill cancel out Amendola and Lewis, despite being lower-value moves? Here's how OTC describes the process. (Free agents who qualify for the comp-pick formula are known as Compensatory Free Agents or CFAs.)

1. A CFA gained by a team cancels out the highest-valued available CFA lost that has the same round valuation of the CFA gained.

2. If there is no available CFA lost in the same round as the CFA gained, the CFA gained will instead cancel out the highest-available CFA lost with a lower round value.

3. A CFA gained will only cancel out a CFA lost with a higher draft order if there are no other CFAs lost available to cancel out. 

That final point is key. An example? The Seahawks recently signed CFA Jaron Brown, a seventh-round value. The only Seahawks "CFAs lost" available to cancel out the move were Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham, both fourth-round values. Even though there's a three-round difference between Brown and Richardson, per Korte's projections, those moves still will cancel each other out. 

With that in mind, the Patriots may want to tread lightly when it comes to signing free agents who will qualify toward the comp-pick formula. They could lose out on the third-rounders they've received for Solder and Butler even if they sign a lower-value free agent.

Players like Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro or Raiders linebacker NaVorro Bowman would count toward the comp-pick formula. Would their value to the team be such that losing a 2019 third-round pick wouldn't matter to the Patriots? Or would their comp-pick impact hurt their chances of being picked up in New England? My guess would be the latter. 

The good news for the Patriots is that re-signing their own players -- like offensive tackles LaAdrian Waddle and/or Cam Fleming -- doesn't impact the comp-pick setup. Neither does signing players who've been released, meaning the Patriots could theoretically make a splash by signing Ndamukong Suh or Eric Ebron and they'd retain their comp picks.

Given the Patriots made just four draft picks last year, and since comp picks can be traded now (that rule was changed last year), it would come as little surprise if retaining those picks weighed heavily on Belichick and Caserio's decisions as they move through the remainder of the offseason.