New England Patriots offer jersey rebate for players who leave the team

Call it the 'Revis clause': Patriots offering rebate for jersey purchases when players leave the team

5/8/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

When Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged in relation to a murder in Massachusetts, the Patriots made the unprecedented move of allowing fans to return their Hernandez jerseys and exchange them for a different player.

Now, they're starting another unique and unprecedented jersey policy that will certainly endear themselves to fans who are tired of purchasing a player's jersey only to watch that player leave shortly after the purchase.
 
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Via ESPN:
If a fan purchases a jersey from either the team website or stadium store, and the player whose name on the back leaves the team within a year of purchase, that fan will receive a 25 percent discount toward the price of the next Patriots jersey they buy. The fan, who has two months from the day the player is no longer under contract to make the new purchase with the discount, does not have to return the original jersey with the name of the former player.

This should come in handy after this season, when the Patriots have to decide whether or not to keep star cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Revis' current contract with the Patriots includes an option for $20M next year, meaning the Patriots will almost definitely not exercise the option. Either the Patriots will agree to a long-term deal with him, or he'll become an unrestricted free agent.

There's a great chance that Revis will be elsewhere next year. He has always been about getting the most money he possibly can, and the Patriots have always been about being as frugal as possible. It's a shock that they were even able to come to an agreement for a single season, and would be the biggest story of the year if they can somehow agree to a multi-year deal.

This jersey deal could inspire fans to buy some Revis jerseys, knowing that they'll be able to get a discount on their next one, if and when he leaves after this season.

Well played, Patriots.
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5/8/14   |   Jess   |   34854 respect

Smart. I'm betting this inspires fans to buy more than just Revis jerseys. Good practice - I hope more teams adopt it

5/8/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

GREAT idea!  I have jackets, not jerseys, but I would hate if I'd bought a jersey for a certain player, only to see him traded.  Kudos to the Pats.