The New England Patriots have finally awakened during this free agency period. As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Scheffer on March 12, the Patriots and cornerback Darrelle Revis have agreed on a one-year, $12 million deal.
The Patriots were reportedly in hot pursuit for Revis once the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released him and after the team watched Aqib Talib sign with the Denver Broncos. Revis still have to pass his physical, but once he does and signs the contract, he will continue to be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.
The Buccaneers released the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback after the team was unable to trade him and his $16 million salary. Once Revis hit the free agent market, rumors flourished that his landing spot would be New England. The Patriots wanted Revis and the Revis wanted to play in New England.
The Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders were also interested in obtaining the services of Darrelle Revis.
In joining the Patriots, Revis will get to face his former team, the New York Jets twice next season as a member of the enemy. He also gets to play for a coach he once referred to as a “jerk.”
Last season with the Buccaneers, Revis had two interceptions, 11 passes defended and 50 tackles. He is believed to be an upgrade of Aqib Talib.
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