, Newburyport, MA

March 14, 2014

Just what the doc ordered

Tim Lima
On Football

---- — Is your head spinning yet? Because mine is.

The guaranteed money in the Darrelle Revis contract is $11.5 million, with a $10 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million guaranteed base salary.

Revis gets $500,000 in roster bonuses if on the 46-man roster for 15 of 16 games. Therefore, his salary cap number for 2015 would be $25 million so it’s really a $12 million, one-year contract.

Wait. What?

Unless you’re an accountant or work for NASA, I wouldn’t recommend spending much time with the numbers because, well, who cares? The Patriots just signed the best cornerback in the world. Period. Whether for $12 cents, dollars, millions of dollars, or Reese’s Pieces is irrelevant. Don’t give yourself a headache over the numbers when this is a day that should be spent rejoicing.

Let’s face it – things haven’t looked too good of late from Route 1 in Foxboro.

In an age when money and reputation reign supreme in the free agency battle, the Patriots have suffered with both lately. Brandon Spikes recently took to Twitter to “thank” the New England football organization, though was actually a back-handed slap poorly disguised as a kind gesture.

“It’s been real. It’s been fun. But it hasn’t been real fun,” his tweet read.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Patriots laundry list of questions multiplied as hours progressed.

Former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib took off to the Mile High City to play for the Broncos and Peyton Manning – leaving you with your best defensive back in Alfonzo Dennard, who is currently sitting behind bars and wearing a longer number on his back.

Your slot receiver – and last year’s most reliable offensive weapon in Julian Edelman – denied a three-year contract extension from the Patriots, instead opting to test the free agency waters.

Your starting nose tackle Vince Wilfork is 350 pounds and recovering from an Achilles injury that most slim men take years to heal from, and now reportedly is requesting to be released from the team, all but ending his time in New England.

But this?

This is news fit to enjoy. It was all but a pipe dream just days ago – an idea that would be mocked and ridiculed if brought up in conversation.

Next year should prove great things for a good team with a great coach-quarterback tandem.

It’s this type of move that we have been waiting for. It’s this type of move that we have fantasized about.

When we thought of the perfect Patriots team, Revis was on it.

Plus, he’s a former New York Jet.

On this, the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, what better time to say cead mile failte – Gaelic for a hundred thousand welcomes – to Darrelle Revis.

He’s undoubtedly just what the doctor ordered.