With the departure of Darrelle Revis, New England is in upheaval. “Belichick let him walk. Blow the whole team up! Who wants Malcolm Butler?! Without Darrelle Revis the Patriots secondary is trash! Belichick can’t draft for shit!” On and on and on it goes. I’m pretty staunch in my “In Belichick We Trust” philosophy but that doesn’t mean I can’t do some digging to find out why we wouldn’t drop 40 million on Revis beyond the tired, “Belichick and Kraft are stingy bastards.”
1. We have to resign ~40 players between 2015-2017 including favorites like: Chandler Jones, Nate Solder, Dont’a Hightower, Ryan Wendell, Alfonzo Dennard, Legarrette Blount, Josh Kline, Dan Connolly, Sebastian Vollmer, Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan, Rob Ninkovich and the list goes on. For those of you keeping track of home that encompasses 5 of the 5 starting O-lineman half of the defensive line, half of the starting linebacking core and a large portion of the starting defensive backs. So spare me this “WE HAD THE MONEY AND WE DIDN’T PULL THE TRIGGER BECAUSE IDK WHY!?!?!?”
2. Call me what you will, but the money will be better spent elsewhere. Jabaal Sheard, a versatile DE/OLB from the Browns was just signed. Jerod Mayo will be signed. Vince Wilfork may come back. CJ Spiller is available. Scott Chandler is available, who would be filthy alongside Gronk. Its very early in the game but there are a lot of upgrades that can be made in this offseason and now the Pats have a plethora of money to throw at people.
3. Without Revis our secondary will not fall back to the disgusting state it once was. Devin McCourty isn’t the safety we want, he’s the safety we need. Rangy, doesn’t let big plays happen. I think people forget that Devin McCourty and whoever our number 2 CB eliminated every big name receiver we played. Revis shutdown Golden Tate III while McCourty and company handled Megatron. We have a stronger secondary than people give us credit for and while Revis, helped quite a bit the pieces are still in place to have a top five defense again this year.
4. You don’t win Super Bowls throwing $40 million in guaranteed money at people. Could you imagine if Belichick paid out that chunk of change and then Revis goes and tears his ACL? People would riot. There would be blood. The Jets will regret front loading his contract like that I guarantee it.