The man who came to define “ultimate cover corner” in the 2000’s is available. The question is where will Darrelle Revis land in this 2017 NFL season? And could the new destination of “Revis Island” be Miami and the Dolphins?
Here’s what we know in the short term: Revis was released by the Jets earlier this off-season (his second tour of duty with the club that drafted him), but is still slated to get $6 million guaranteed, if no one else picks him up this year. More on the financial component in a bit.
Primarily, does he want to play this season? That’s an obvious, yes. He continues to work out and from every report is in playing shape waiting for a call/camp invite, etc. Even though he’s from Pennsylvania originally and played college ball at Pitt, Revis lives most of the time in the off-season in South Florida.
Revis became the standard by which all other DBs were judged recently, as his Jets career unfolded from 2007-2012 being named All-Pro three times and making the Pro Bowl four times in that span. However, his nomadic journey of the last five years began with Revis tearing his ACL, ironically, against the Dolphins, in October of 2012.
That led the Jets to being willing to listen to offers for Revis and the Buccaneers ended up pulling off the blockbuster trade for him just before the 2013 Draft and giving him a new team friendly six year $96 million dollar contract. That deal made Revis the highest paid defensive player in the league. The reason it was so team friendly is the deal was not guaranteed and actually, was a series of six $16 million dollar contracts that the Bucs could simply walk away from, if they wanted.
He played a “so-so” season in Tampa Bay in 2013 rehabbing and trying to get the injured knee back to full speed. The Bucs fired the coaching staff and GM Mark Dominik, who did the the deal. Then, the new regime’, led by Jason Licht, tried to restructure a deal with Revis, but ultimately, they released him.
That’s where his journey brought him back to the AFC East, and the New England Patriots. Revis signed on for a one year deal with an option in 2014, made the Pro Bowl and won a Superbowl ring with Belichick and Co.
But the Pats did not pick up is 2015 option, making him free to rejoin the Jets, which he did signing another massive deal that included $39 million guaranteed.
After a solid 2015 season, where he made the Pro Bowl again, Revis finally showed signs of slipping a year ago at age 31 and had sub-par season by any standard. He allowed an opponent QB rating of 91.7 on throws against him, when his career average had been nearly half of that. New York released him on the verge of free agency beginning in March, but the language in his deal has the Jets on the hook for $6 million, if he doesn’t sign anywhere else.
So now, comes the intrigue and particularly for the Dolphins.
Even though there have been reports that the Eagles are interested, clearly Revis knows the AFC East best. And also, clearly, the Dolphins have already taken steps in free agency to enhance what was a playoff team a year ago. Revis would be a veteran upgrade over Byron Maxwell, Tony Lippett, Xavien Howard, etc. and the Fins could probably get him by matching the $6 million the Jets owe him some way in 2017.
They could also get creative under the cap and give him more guaranteed money in the off season that could be put on the 2018 and beyond salary cap.
Another concern is that Revis turns 32 next week, but no team is looking at him as a long term solution. He’s clearly an experienced short term option.
He’s working out locally, and he could be an addition that knows the AFC East inside and out to help. Now, we find out if Miami is really that interested.
Report- Dolphins will play Patriots in Mexico City
Although the 2020 NFL schedule will not be released for several more months, it appears that we know where the Dolphins will play their “International Series” game and it will be against an AFC East rival in Mexico.
A report from Fox Sports Mexico said late Monday night that they’ve learned that the annual game the NFL has been playing for several years in Mexico City will this season be the Dolphins and the New England Patriots:
— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) January 28, 2020
Miami has agreed to play an International Series game as part of landing the Superbowl being played this weekend at Hard Rock Stadium between the 49ers and the Chiefs.
The NFL also plays several International games a year in England, which is where the Dolphins had last played one being shut out 20-0 by the Saints in the 2017 season.
The Patriots are no strangers to having played previously in Mexico City. They defeated the Raiders easily 33-8 at Azteca Stadium in that same 2017 season.
Many Dolphins fans and season ticket holders will probably be upset to learn that the home game with the most prominent franchise in the NFL is being moved. However, from a league standpoint the Patriots have tremendous marquee value.
Of course there is one variable: and that’s the status of free agent Quarterback Tom Brady? Brady, who will turn 43 years old this season, has led New England to six Super Bowl championships, but at the moment is slated to be a free agent. And while it is likely that, if he continues to play and not retire, that it will be with the Patriots, it’s not unheard of that he could sign with another team.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins stunned the Patriots in their final meeting of the year in week 17, when Ryan Fitzpatrick led the game-winning touchdown drive in the final minute of play hitting tight end Mike Gesicki (above) with the go-ahead TD pass. That cost New England a bye in the opening round of the playoffs, and they subsequently lost on the Wild Card Weekend to the Tennessee Titans.
A year ago the NFL played the Mexico City game on Monday night with the Chiefs taking on their AFC West rival, the Chargers. In 2018, the Chiefs and the L.A. Rams were supposed to have met at Azteca Stadium, but the field was deemed unplayable two weeks before the game. So, it was moved to L.A. Coliseum.
The official NFL schedule release is usually in April just prior to the draft.
Dolphins coach Flores already dealing with lots of 2020 changes
For almost every NFL team not named the 49ers and the Chiefs, the draft evaluation process is now well underway, and most all teams are represented now in Mobile, Alabama for this weekend’s Senior Bowl. That includes, the Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and his staff (some of them brand new), who are taking it all in.
And on Monday night, Flores met with the Dolphins assembled media and beat writers about the changes that have already taken place within his coaching staff and how it will shape this offseason.
First, Flores took the drastic action of firing first-year offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea, whom he had brought with him from the Patriots this past season. Part of that decision was based on Miami’s poor play offensively, but a bigger part is the person that Flores could bring in to run his offense.
That’s former Cowboys and bills head coach and longtime NFL offensive coordinator, Chan Gailey.
As we wrote when these moves were made earlier this month, Gailey has a long-standing relationship with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Gailey was his head coach in Buffalo and also his offensive coordinator with the Jets, photo above,. It also further signals the Fitzpatrick apparently will be heavily involved in the 2020 offensive plans.
Speaking to the media and with the quotes being relayed via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post, Flores emphasized that Gailey’s in-game adjustments and his ability to teach is what appealed to hiring him,
“He does a really good job of adjustments in-game,” Flores said. “If you’re playing cover one, he’s got cover-one beaters, if you’re playing zone, he’s got zone-beaters. If you’re diamond front he’s got his diamond runs. He’s a good coach that way. I think he’s seen a lot of football.”
“I know he’s a great teacher,” Flores said. “Just in my conversations with several players and coaches that have spent time with him, and that’s obviously very important. The first thing I should have said is that.”
Flores also is dealing with having lost defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, whom he allowed to take the same job with the New York Giants. Instead of going outside for his replacement hire, Flores instead promoted from in-house with defensive backs coach Josh Boyer getting the promotion and much more responsibility.
As for Boyer, Flores said Monday night from Mobile,
“He and I see things through the same lenses,” Flores said. “A lot of ways. He coached corners and I coached safeties and we spent a lot of time together. Defensive philosophies and fundamentals and techniques, the things we teach. We’re very much on the same page.”
Defense is obviously Flores’ specialty and Boyer is following his same path from when they were with the Pats. This, as Flores ascended from DB coach to defensive coordinator two seasons ago before getting the Dolphins job.
Miami will obviously have to remake their roster with numerous premium draft picks they acquired for this year and next year, plus, significant money under the salary cap for free agents.
And, all of that evaluation, including with Senior prospects practicing and playing this weekend, is now underway.
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