Darrelle Revis is about to become a free agent again.
The Patriots have declined to pick up the star cornerback's option for 2015, according to ESPN. Revis was scheduled to make $20 million next season, which would have counted $25 million against the Patriots' salary cap.
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That doesn't mean the Patriots are out of the picture. Both sides are expected to continue talking in hopes of striking a new deal. If not, Revis, 29, will become a free agent at 4 p.m. Tuesday. And if he hits the market, it will open the door for a bidding war.
The Jets desperately need an upgrade at cornerback, and who better to add to the mix than the four-time All-Pro, who played his first six seasons with them? But if the Jets hope to bring back Revis, they'll have to be prepared to offer him a big payday, likely in the ballpark of $40 million guaranteed.
Revis' demands might not fit with the Jets' long-term vision. New general manager Mike Maccagnan and new coach Todd Bowles are trying to build a winner, but the Jets potentially are two or three years away from being a contender.
After questionable draft picks and salary-cap spending (or lack thereof) in recent years, the Jets have holes to fill at cornerback, free safety, guard and quarterback. They also have players they'd like to keep, such as running back Bilal Powell and defensive end Leger Douzable. They are committed to locking up defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson long-term, too.
They have re-signed David Harris to a three-year, $21.5-million deal and agreed to a trade for Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. More deals are expected once Tuesday's deadline hits.
Eagles free-agent cornerback Cary Williams visited the Jets over the weekend and, according to a source, the meeting went very well. But Williams has three other suitors: the Titans (whom he met with Monday), Seahawks and Ravens.
The Jets also have expressed interest in defensive backs Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, Chris Culliver, Davon House and Tyvon Branch and linebacker Brooks Reed, according to sources. Safety Marcus Gilchrist reportedly also is on their radar.
The Jets also are in play for Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, according to a source. It's widely believed, however, that he'll land in Houston. Should the Jets lose out on Hoyer, it would be logical to focus on Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was most productive under Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey during their time in Buffalo.
Another free agent to watch is Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore, who is familiar with Bowles and Marshall. Moore was named the Dolphins' MVP in 2011, the same year Bowles was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim head coach after Tony Sparano was fired.
Notes & quotes: On the restricted free-agent front, the Jets tendered nose tackle Damon Harrison at the second-round level and placed an original-round tender on safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. Harrison is scheduled to make $2.356 million and Jarrett will earn $1.542 million. If Harrison signed an offer sheet from another team, the Jets would get a second-round pick from that team. If Jarrett were to sign elsewhere, the Jets would receive a third-rounder.