Now that the New England Patriots have allowed Aqib Talib to slip away to the Denver Broncos, the team’s next option may be Darrelle Revis. According to a report by CBS Boston on March 12, Revis has named the Patriots as one of his top landing spots.
As Revis is expected to be either traded or released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, the Patriots have expressed some interest and Revis has returned that interest. ESPN’s Adam Scheffer reported that the “Patriots figure to make a real push for Darrelle Revis.”
Perhaps this was Bill Belichick’s plan all along once Revis was made available. The 28-year-old cornerback would be an upgrade at the position over Talib and has proven to be much more durable in his career.
If the Patriots pursue Darrelle Revis in a trade, it will only cost them a late round draft pick, but Revis would have to be willing to restructure his $16 million per year deal to make it work.
Coming off an ACL injury in 2012, Revis still ranked at Pro Football Focus No. 1 cornerback in the NFL and would be a nice fit in a Belichick defense. If Revis does hit the free agent market, it may be harder for the Patriots to land him, considering the type of money he would demand. The one thing they have on their side is it appears Revis would like to be in New England.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted, “everything I’ve heard is that Revis would love to be a Patriot, above any other option.”
Landing Darrelle Revis and lifting the sting of losing Aqib Talib seems to be in the Patriots court.
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