Just hours after he was officially released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis found a new home in New England.
The Patriots signed Revis to a two-year deal worth $32 million with a team option for $20 million in 2015, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Multiple outlets reported Revis’ signing on Wednesday evening although Revis’ business manager, John Geiger, said via Twitter that the deal was not completed.
Geiger confirmed the news Thursday morning.
A previous figure — one year for $12 million had been previously reported by multiple outlets. While Revis will still make $12 million this year, the option makes the deal far more attractive, not just in terms of potential pay but because it means that the franchise tag cannot be applied (it can only be applied to players with expiring contracts) so either he stays or becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Revis replaces another former Buc, Aqib Talib, who inked a massive, six-year, $57-million deal with the Denver Broncos Tuesday.
Last year, the Bucs signed Revis to a six-year deal worth $96 million. Once the new regime came in, there was an attempt to restructure.
When asked by reporters earlier today, general manager Jason Licht would not disclose how much the team was willing to offer to keep him.
Had Revis still been with the Bucs, he would have collected a $1.5 million bonus at 4:01 p.m. today.
Given who he’s playing under, he may just collect a Super Bowl ring instead.