Patriots president Jonathan Kraft mentioned during an interview with WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan that they plan to “get to work” on a contract extension for CB Darrelle Revis in the coming weeks.
“Hopefully both sides want to make a deal and we’ll be able to get one done,” Kraft said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.
The Patriots clearly interested in retaining Revis. However, his contract includes a massive cap figure of $25 million if they pick up his option.
Reports have said that some around the league believe his option will be too costly for the Patriots, which could allow him to test the open market.
With this in mind, the best strategy for New England would be to try and get a long-term contract in place over the next few weeks.
“People understand that that’s a placeholder and we’ll get to work on trying to make [an extension] happen,” Kraft said.
Revis, 29, put together an impressive first year in New England, which could result in another sizable contract for the six-time Pro Bowler.
According to OverTheCap.com, the Patriots will have until the final day of the 2014 league year to exercise his option.
In 2014, Revis recorded 47 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a recovery and 14 pass defenses over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has Revis rated as the No. 4 cornerback out of 108 qualifying players.