Revis to the Patriots
After the Bucs failed to trade Darrelle Revis by yesterday’s $3 million roster bonus deadline (4 PM ET), Revis was cut loose and became a free agent for the first time in his career. There were early reports that he would love to reunite with the Jets. While Rex Ryan was reportedly more than anxious to reunite, new Jets GM John Idzik and owner Woody Johnson were cool on the idea. In the end, Idzik and the Jets stayed the course on their off-season plan and the Patriots were able to pounce. It was perhaps a somewhat uncharacteristic move by Bill Belichick to pay top dollar for a premier player but this was a rare case and one that the Patriots smartly took advantage of.
The Patriots of course needed a strong replacement for Aqib Talib when he left for Denver yesterday and they couldn’t have done any better by signing the best. Darrelle Revis signs for $4 million less than he was scheduled to get from Tampa but now gets to play his former team twice with a real chance to get to a Super Bowl. Whether or not he stays past this 2014 season remains to be seen but that’s something we can talk about in next year’s free agency.
For this upcoming year, the unfortunate visitors to Revis Island will be the following…
Stevie Johnson – twice, Eric Decker – twice, Mike Wallace – twice, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, Wes Welker, Calvin Johnson, Randall Cobb, T.Y. Hilton, Dwayne Bowe, Cordarrelle Patterson, Keenan Allen and miscellaneous Raiders receivers – adjust your rankings accordingly
Buyer’s Remorse in Oakland
The Raiders big free agent signing of Roger Saffold was abruptly cancelled due to a physical and Oakland now finds themselves in a bigger black hole than before. The left tackle market is barren and the embarrassment of the failed transaction will linger for some time. Owner Mark Davis did not feel comfortable with the findings of the physical and backed out of the deal. Don’t feel bad for Roger Saffold as he quickly lined up another 5-year deal with his former team within an hour. Just when you think things could not get any wackier in Oakland, they somehow do.
Eric Decker Lands with the Jets
The Jets had to improve their receiving corps and they made a big splash with the signing of Eric Decker to a 5-year, $36.5 million deal. The Jets had to give Geno Smith a fighting chance and the big 6’3″ target from Denver fits the bill. The Jets shouldn’t stop here when looking to improve the offense but this was a huge step forward. It’s going to be quite a transition going from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith and now there are two trips to Revis Island to make it even more difficult.
Golden Time of Day in Detroit
The Lions may have finally found a top notch compliment for Calvin Johnson in the form of Super Bowl Champion Golden Tate as they signed him to a 5-year, $31 million deal. Tate jumps the Seahawks ship and heads to Motown to help get the Lions over the hump. Tate will look to take advantage of single coverage and Mathew Stafford finally gets a solid second receiving option to spread the ball around to.
Steve Smith Awaits His Walking Papers
The agent for Steve Smith tweeted that the all-everything Panthers wide receiver has played his last snap in Carolina. Smith wasn’t released today as the Panthers are presumably attempting to facilitate a trade, but his release can’t come soon enough. Smith’s play has faded over the years but he is still a vital member of the Panthers’ organization and it’s a bit perplexing that a smoother ending to a stellar career couldn’t have been done.
As we look ahead to Day 3, we still have some running backs that need a home – Ben Tate is visiting Cleveland and Maurice Jones-Drew is linked to the Jets. Michael Vick, Hakeem Nicks and Julian Edelman along with many other free agents are also waiting to secure that big free agent contract.