|Adam Schefter: Darrelle Revis will come down to Patriots, Jets; Devin McCourty will command ‘big dollars’||03.05.15 at 4:37 pm ET|
Revis has a team option for 2015 worth $20 million, with a cap hit of $25 million. It is believed the Patriots will not pay that and release him prior to Monday’s new league year making him a free agent. Once that happens Schefter believes it will then come down to the Patriots and the Jets for his services.
“I believe that it will come down to the Patriots and the Jets,” said Schefter. “I think the Jets are going to pay him short of whatever he wants to bring him back there because not only could they use him, it would be a huge moral, emotional victory for that franchise to bring him back there, get him to finish his career there.
“I don’t know what New England is going to offer him, I really don’t. Say it’s $10 million, $11 million a year, $12 million and you’re the Jets and offer $15-16 million a year. Worth it to go back to New York to finish your career for a few million dollars more where you would be saluted as a king? I don’t know. It’s a question of what you find most important, what you value most in your life and what you want to do with your career.”
Ultimately, since Revis has made a lot of money over the course of his career, and won a Super Bowl title this past season, it will be what the cornerback values most.
“He’s in a situation where he’s made how ever millions over the course of his career — $70, $80, $90, $100 million dollars. He now has a Super Bowl ring. He’s played on a highly successful winning team in an organization or he has struggled in certain seasons with other teams,” Schefter said. “Now what do you want to do? Do you want to go get one last big deal from a team that is out there, and there will be a team like the Jets that is willing to give it to him, or do you want to go back to New England for less money and finish out your career knowing that as long as Tom Brady is there in that place, you’re going to be competitive every year?
“What would you decide? That is a decision he gets to make now and he has a lot of leverage here because he’s got the ring, he’s got the money, so really it comes down to what is most important to him and I don’t know what that is right now.”
As for McCourty, Schefter said he was “surprised” the Patriots franchised kicker Stephen Gostkowski and not McCourty. With McCourty now set to hit the open market, he believes he will get some strong offers, some that might compel him to leave New England, a place he loves.
|Vince Wilfork announces on Twitter Patriots won’t pick up his option, becomes free agent||03.05.15 at 9:09 am ET|
With the league year set to get underway next week, the Patriots needed to find ways to get under the salary cap. The first domino has fallen, as Vince Wilfork announced on Twitter Thursday morning the Patriots won’t pick up his option for 2015.
The move frees up $8.1 million for the Patriots. Last offseason Wilfork signed a three-year, $23 million contract with New England.
The full statement on Twitter read: I want to take the time just to let everyone know that I was informed on Tuesday that the patriots will not be picking up my option. I’m in a good place I have a great relationship with the Patriots organization. Please know how blessed my family and I have been to be able to play 11 years in New England for an amazing organization. The love you guys as fans have shown me have been my inspiration year in and year out … Your messages your stories your conversations and support always touch my heart. New England has been and always will be my home. I have played 11 years for the greatest head coach ever! I’ve played next to Men that I now have as brothers for a life time, a first class organization. I came back from a season ending injury when most doubted me and then won the super bowl in my come back year … New England has been great to me and my family … Can I still play football? Hell yea! do I still love football? Hell yea! One thing is for sure is I will always be a fixture in New England forever …. This will always be my home !! I won a Super Bowl my rookie year I won on this year !! 11 years with one organization 11 years married to the love of my life 3 beautiful healthy kids … One major injury lots of gas still left in the tank … All I can say is I am blessed. Im thankful Im grateful … I will take my time think things though take into consideration many things but mainly my family and see where life goes from there … But regardless remember I will always remain a New Englander a Patriot forever
The defensive tackle, 33 years old, is now a free agent, having played all 11 seasons in the NFL with the Patriots. Coming off a season-ending Achilles injury in 2013, Wilfork had a great bounce back season, playing in 74 percent of the defensive snaps this season, finishing with 47 tackles in the regular season and six in the postseason.
Wilfork can now sign with another team, sign a new contract with the Patriots, or even retire.
|When it comes to potential replacements for Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, don’t sleep on Tyler Gaffney||03.05.15 at 6:00 am ET|
With NFL free agency kicking off next week, and the Patriots likely looking to add at the running back position for potential Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen replacements (if either departs via free agency), a player currently on the Patriots roster may be getting overlooked — Tyler Gaffney.
The Patriots claimed the rookie running back off waivers last July when the Panthers tried to sneak Gaffney through after he suffered a season-ending torn lateral meniscus in his left knee during training camp. The Stanford product was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots, but the sixth round pick has a lot of talent and could be a player ready to take over for either Ridley or Vereen if either were to sign with another team this offseason.
His former coaches have no doubt Gaffney will succeed with whatever the Patriots ask him to do.
“He’s excited,” Tavita Pritchard, Gaffney’s running backs coach at Stanford, said over the phone this week. “Definitely coming off a Super Bowl year he wants to make a name for himself in that league and like I said, I think whatever fit the Patriots give him he is going to take with and run, and continue to go from there.”
Gaffney rehabbed with the Patriots all season and is now back on the Stanford campus working out. Pritchard said Gaffney’s recovery is on schedule and he’s excited for the 2015 season.
A gifted athlete, Gaffney was actually drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 24th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. He played with the State College Spikes, the Pirates’ short-season class-A affiliate, that summer and had a batting line of .297/.483/.441. The running back gave up baseball after that though, returning to Stanford in the spring of 2013 for his senior season.
He started in 14 games finishing with 330 rushing attempts, 1,709 rushing yards, and 21 rushing touchdowns in 2013. His best game came against Oregon at home when the Cardinal upset the Ducks, 26-20. Gaffney carried the ball a school-record 45 times for 157 yards, but not one carry going for more than nine yards, according to Pritchard.
Pritchard said that game was the best example of the one word to describe Gaffney — tough.
“First of all, the first word to describe him is, tough,” he said. “He’s one of the toughest individuals I’ve ever been around. Mentally tough. Physically tough. You can tell by his college film just his ability to run through contact, carry the ball multiple times in a game and I think that will be his calling card with just his physicality. I know with the Patriots that is something they hang their hat on as well. Just the toughness about him from a schematic standpoint, but everyone in that organization fits that persona. I think Tyler fits right along with that.
“With him being a Patriot I think that is what you can expect — more of the same. A guy who is absolutely just tough minded, but with him he’s a pretty smart individual too. Played multiple sports obviously. He just has a good feel for athletics in general.”
|Rob Gronkowski: ‘When you win the Super Bowl, it changes lives’||03.04.15 at 8:14 pm ET|
The Winter of Gronk has been in full swing, but the Patriots tight end took some time to join ESPN Radio’s “SVP and Russillo” show on Wednesday to promote the ESPN Madden Ultimate Team vote.
Gronkowski picked his own Madden team, and his first choice was not much of a surprise in Tom Brady.
“It was pretty cool to pick these teams,” said Gronkowski on the show. “There are so many legendary players out there, it was kind of hard. Sometimes you went with your favorite player who was on your team growing up that you like to watch, but obviously I had to pick my first choice, which is the best QB ever, Tom [Brady].”
“When you win the Super Bowl, it changes lives,” Gronkowski said. “It’s been very cool, but I was also [part of] a Super Bowl loss, when we lost three years ago. I can tell you this, winning it is a lot, lot different than losing it. It’s been a great time. Pretty awesome.”
The All-Pro said he will always remember the parade through the streets of Boston the following Wednesday after the game.
“I didn’t really know what it was going to be like, what I was really getting myself into. I didn’t know duck boat rides were four miles with thousands and thousands of people [cheering],” Gronkowski said.
He finished the regular season with 82 receptions for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns, which was his second-best statistical season of his career. Gronkowski and Brady had a strong connection all season long, with Gronkowski being Brady’s go-to target. He said he and Brady still keep in touch during the offseason, but knows whenever the two meet up it’s all work.
“It’s like a work atmosphere. Call him up, see where he’s at and see if he wants to throw the ball around a little bit,” he said. “Whenever you meet up with Tom, you always know you’re going to be working — at least for an hour or two on the field. You know you can always count on that.”
Over the past month Gronkowski has been enjoying himself — appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, taking a vacation to Florida and most recently a weekend in Vegas.
“It’s been a little crazy, a lot of fun,” said Gronkowski of his time since the Super Bowl. “I’m just enjoying the time, celebrating with my teammates, my family and friends. Basically just enjoying the time off because you go through the grind for seven months straight, so you kind of sit back, relax, have some free time to yourself, so it’s been cool.”
|Adam Schefter: ‘Darrelle Revis is going to hit the market’ to become ‘another coveted free agent’||03.02.15 at 3:10 pm ET|
This is a big week for Darrelle Revis, as the Patriots have until March 9 to pick up his $20 million team option for 2015.
Appearing on ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, NFL insider Adam Schefter shed some light on what might happen with Revis. According to Schefter, the star cornerback will be hitting the market as he said he would be “surprised” if the Patriots picked up his $20 million option.
“Darrelle Revis has a clause in his contract that says he can’t be [franchise] tagged again. There’s a $20 million option bonus payment that would cause a $25 million cap number,” Schefter told Cowherd. “The bottom line is it would surprise me if New England picked that up. The chances are — not the chances are — it’s going to happen, Darrelle Revis is going to hit the market. He will be another coveted free agent.”
Even if Revis hits the free agent market, he can still return to New England with a new contract. If that is the case, he would likely take less than what he might get from another team. Going into his 10th season, turning 30 years old next summer, and making as much money as he already has over his career, as well as winning a Super Bowl, it all comes down to what Revis ultimately wants.
“This all comes down to what Darrelle Revis wants to do,” Schefter said. “He’s got a Super Bowl ring. He’s career has been validated. He’s got one more big score left — big score in terms of big contract. Does he want to go take that big contract with a team like the New York Jets who are dying to make a run at Darrelle Revis, or the Buffalo Bills? Or, is he willing to take less to go back and play with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and be in the environment that he’s been in in New England. That is a call only he can make.
“At this point in his career he’s made a ton of money — a ton of money. All together with marketing, contracts, he’s probably made $100 million. So what do you want to do in your very last big deal? That’s the decision Darrelle Revis has to make.”
With the Patriots reportedly placing the franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski, the team has about a week to reach a long-term deal with safety Devin McCourty, or else he too could be headed for free agency, thus making for interesting times with the Patriots’ secondary.
For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
|Report: Adrian Peterson reinstated into NFL||02.26.15 at 12:41 pm ET|
Adrian Peterson is one step closer to playing in the NFL next season.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Judge Doty has overturned the Peterson decision and now the running back will now be reinstated into the NFL. He can instantly be traded, released or stay on the Vikings’ roster.
For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.
Judge Doty has overturned Adrian Peterson decision and Peterson now will be reinstated, per source.
‘ Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 26, 2015
|Report: Peyton Manning working on restructuring contract with Broncos||02.26.15 at 8:30 am ET|
Manning, who will turn 39 in March, is scheduled to have a $19 million salary both in 2015 and 2016. With the Broncos having a number of their own free agents to potentially re-sign, the team is looking to free up some cap space, and with Manning turning 39 years old, as well as looking at Tom Brady restructuring his contract to help the Patriots, this move was essentially just a matter of time.
The quarterback finished fourth in the NFL in passing yards this past season with 4,727 yards and second in the league with 39 touchdown passes.
Manning played the last month of the 2014 season with a quadriceps injury and underwent a fourth neck surgery four seasons ago. The Broncos lost to the Colts in the divisional round of the playoffs at home.
The report adds the Broncos and Manning’s representatives, led by agent Tom Condon, hope to reach a conclusion on a revised contract by early next week.
All this would lead to believe Manning will indeed return for his 18th season in the league.
For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.