The part that might be easy for some to overlook is how the team's sound salary cap management put them in position to pounce on the unique opportunity. That has been a source of pride from the desk of Bill Belichick to the numbers-crunching team over the years, and is a huge part of Revis Island relocating to New England.
There are some teams that obviously would have loved to be in the bidding for Revis but couldn't because they either didn't have the salary cap space, or the moves they'd have to make to create it would have gutted significant parts of their rosters. It's why the "cap is crap" argument is flawed. Yes, the cap can always be manipulated, but it's also a real marker that can limit a team's ability to move swiftly and capitalize when a player such as Revis becomes available.
This isn't to say the Patriots always make the right decisions, a $7.5 million charge on the cap for Aaron Hernandez reminds us of that. In fact, in recent weeks, we've pointed out some of the team's recent free-agent miscues. No team gets it right all the time, and if Revis runs into some injury issues, the second-guessers probably will be out in full force questioning the quality of depth on the roster because $12 million is tied up in one player.
But at this time, most seem to be in agreement that landing Revis is a coup, the Patriots' ability to handle sudden change a masterful stroke.