The New England Patriots declined to exercise a $20 million option to secure Darrelle Revis' services for the 2015 season. It created a crack the Raiders hope to wiggle through and woo the star cornerback to the West Coast.
A league source confirmed that the Raiders are interested in signing Revis this offseason, though it’s considered highly improbable that they can secure his services.
It’s been frequently reported that the Patriots and New York Jets – Revis was with Gang Green from 2007-12 – are the cornerback’s primary suitors and that he’ll end up in one of those spots.
The Raiders have significant expendable cash on their side, with money only committed to center Rodney Hudson thus far in free agency, and would have to significantly outbid the competition to catch up with the lead pack.
Free agency formally opens at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
In addition to the Patriots and Jets, NFL Network, which first reported the news, also said Cleveland and Kansas City are interested in the four-time All-Pro.
Revis is considered one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks. He’s been named to six Pro Bowls and was the 2009 AFC defensive player of the year. He’s a cover corner of the highest order and can shut down one side of the field without much help.