This week an anonymous NFL executive told CBS Sports that "we're convinced [Darrelle Revis] is going back to New England. It just makes too much sense."
Could the Patriots actually bring back their former star cornerback? Does he work in their system?
Skip and Shannon break it down.
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Shannon: Revis' tape was bad because he didn't care
Shannon: "The tape was bad. What made the tape worse was that he didn't care. He said it: 'I'm old. I'm not the same player.'"
Skip: "So you disagree. [The source] said the tape wasn't so bad, you're saying it's terrible."
Shannon: "Exactly. Which suggests to me that they aren't going to sign him. Look at it. ... The Jets are in no position to let a good player go. Woody Johnson loves him. He re-signed him. Wanted him to retire there. He's part of the family. Which tells me he can't play. What team do you know gets rid of good players who can still play?
"...He didn't care. He showed up out of shape. He got comfortable. He showed up with a Super Bowl ring and he started to talk that he was the greatest cornerback ever. I keep telling you: Comfort is the home that greatness cannot reside in."
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Shannon: But if he can succeed, it's in New England
Shannon: They play a lot of quarter. They play a lot of cover 5, what we call cover 5. They play a lot of man ... letting corners get down inside and get physical with the receivers.
"Can he do that? Absolutely he can.
"...He's lived in that city for a year before. He knows the system. He can be comfortable there. But don't tell me that Darrelle Revis had a good year or the tape wasn't so bad. The tape don't lie."
Skip: The Patriots won't overpay, either
Skip: "If he does go back to New England, Darrelle Revis will play for exactly what is offered to him and not a penny more."
Skip: "Because that's how New England plays the game. Whatever money he's made in his career better be in the bank, and if I know Darrelle it is in the bank, and that's it. From here on, you're going to play for they want you to have, as opposed to vice versa. No more leverage."
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Skip still wants Revis on the Cowboys
Skip: When I read that story, I'll admit: It stung me, it hurt me. Because I still want him on my Cowboys. We need some help somewhere, safety, corner, slot corner, whatever. We have next to nothing left in our secondary. I would take him. We have argued about this -- I just don't think he was as bad last year as you said he was.
Yes, he can't run with a No. 1 receiver deep. I will give you that. He was out of shape. I don't think he seemed to care in those last 6-8 games because that Jets team was a disaster. He'd just won a ring with the Patriots. His body language said: 'I'm embarrassed to be on the field with these guys."
Shannon: He never cared in New York
Shannon: No, his body said that in camp when he showed up out of shape. That told me right then and there he didn't care. He didn't know they were going to be bad. He thought they were going to be good. They went 10-6, they signed Fitzpatrick back, so they had all indications they were going to be good.
Skip: They blew that opening game and that was it.