It's official, former New York Jet cornerback Darelle Revis is headed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the Bucs 13th selection in the first round and a conditional 3rd or 4th next year. It's a 6 year, 96 million contract, though not guaranteed, giving Revis an annual salary of 16 mil.
And yes, that was the Arizona Cardinal's own CB Patrick Peterson in the background, thrusting his fists and letting go some "Hell, Yeah!!"s
It puts him in a nice position next offseason for a BIG payday.
Currently, Peterson is locked into a NFL CBA mandated 4 year guaranteed contract with the team holding a fifth year option. The club can exercise the option after the player's third year by adding an additional year that would pay Peterson what the top ten guys at his position make. While the Revis signing is going to exacerbate that average - plenty of good,young CBs like PP ($2.0 in 2013) and Richard Sherman ($555,000) aren't going tilt the scale enough to where the Cardinals can fiscally say they have to renegotiate. They COULD lock the third year player with a financially sound team investment. But this would be bad business.
If Peterson continues on the performance arc he's currently on, he's going to want to tear up his contract next year at this time and point at the Revis' contract as a starting level. And according to the Player's Association CBA guidelines, he'd be within his rights also. He could holdout until his value is compensated to what he thinks his worth is. Why risk a career-ending injury when most NFL contracts aren't guaranteed?