NFL Star Darrelle Revis Is a Greedy Mercenary, and That's OK

Mike FreemanNFL National Lead WriterMarch 12, 2014

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It's not unfair to say that Darrelle Revis is a selfish mercenary who helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers implode, leading to the firing of that team's head coach and general manager. Yet here is the homewrecker again—another franchise calling, more cash in the bank.

Can't blame Revis for selling his services almost year to year, two feet on the field, one eye looking to the next team. He's with the Patriots now, and they will rent him like he's a Ford at Hertz and challenge the Broncos, and then Revis will probably look for big cash elsewhere once the season ends. Because Revis is about cash. And money. And cash. And dollars. And more cash.

Revis is so talented, he's the only defensive back in history who plays for two contracts at once—the one he's on now, and the one he's trying to get next year.

Darrelle Revis' Last Two Contracts
YearLengthContract ValueMoney Guaranteed into Following Season
20136 Years$96,000,000$0
20141 Year$12,000,000$0

Now, I don't have a problem with this. There are owners who only care about cash—they strafe the wallets of fans with $12 beers. You care about cash. I do. We all do. We live in a capitalistic society. Mark Zuckerberg didn't invent Facebook and then donate his monies to the Salvation Army.

Roger Goodell made over $40 million last year alone. He'll earn that cash without the risk of brain injury and I'm guessing he didn't give all of it to charity.

I like that Revis is almost nakedly honest about his greed. Good for him. Get the money. Owners do it, so why not the players?

Just as long as we're all straight on what Revis is. Revis is out for Revis. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Pats signed him to a one-year, $12 million deal (Revis' business manager denied this, but the denial isn't believable), and they will quickly see this just as the Jets and Bucs did. Look at what happened in Tampa: The Bucs gave up a first-round pick last year, a fourth-rounder this year and $16 million in cash to get him. What did Revis do? He said buh-bye.

The Bucs getting Revis didn't just lead to him bolting. The general manager and coach of the team were fired when the Buccaneers went 4-12. The Patriots are Revis' third team in three years.

Now the Bucs have spent the post-Gruden years mired in a tar pit, and that pit was created before Revis, but he didn't exactly help by wanting to be the highest-paid corner in football.

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Revis the Mercenary, Revis the Short-Timer, Revis Hello-Goodbye.

I know what you're going to say. But Mike, these are the Patriots. They'll convince him to take less money because of the Patriot Way.

The Patriot Way is the opposite of The Revis Way. Revis wants to be highest-paid corner in football. The Patriots don't even make Tom Brady the highest-paid quarterback in football. Brady has played in five Super Bowls and has the most playoff wins in history, yet he makes less money than Joe Flacco.

Revis took less than his $16 million to join New England, but trust me, he will look to make up for that cash and more in his next contract with another team not named New England.

Revis can play for the cash, year to year, because he's so good. I mean, damn good. One of the best pure cover corners the game has ever seen. Revis is so good that teams simply cannot stay away, despite knowing they can only hold hands. No first base.

An interesting side story to Revis heading to New England is the splendid little brawl between the Patriots and the Broncos. It's not quite 49ers-Seahawks level of hate, but the back-and-forth is fun. Aqib Talib bolts for the Broncos, and the Patriots respond with Tony Stark, er, Revis.

"This arms race between Broncos and Patriots is entertaining," said one general manager. "Sitting back with my popcorn as Elway and Belichick take swings."

Revis is at the core of the race.

Until he leaves for more money.