Mar 12 2014, 11:58pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
"Cornerback Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal, according to league sources.
"Revis still needs to pass his physical and sign his contract. Once he does, it will continue Revis' reign as the NFL's highest-paid cornerback and gives the Patriots the player they needed to replace cornerback Aqib Talib, who unexpectedly bolted for the Denver Broncos late Tuesday night.
"Once Tampa Bay released Revis, New England immediately stepped up its pursuit.
"The two sides quickly were able to come together to reach the one-year agreement that once again will give the cornerback the chance to hit the free-agent market after the 2014 season and become one of the biggest stories of next March."
The Buccaneers released the 28-year-old Revis from the remaining $80 million and five years on his contract on Wednesday, per Jeff Howe and Karen Guregian of The Boson Herald. The move allowed Tampa Bay to send a fourth-round pick instead of a third-round selection to the New York Jets as part of the deal which sent Revis to the Buccaneers last year.
Steve Silva of Boston.com notes the move also saved Tampa Bay a $1.5 million roster bonus, an amount it would have paid Revis had he still been on the Buccaneers roster by 4 p.m. ET on March 12.
With these, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston weighs in on the Patriots' latest acquisition.
"Revis was the only available player that was an upgrade on Talib, who was excellent in his 1.5 years with the Patriots. The Patriots just got better at the position in 2014. Just as Talib was used as a matchup cornerback on a variety of different players in 2013, the Patriots can use Revis the same way, which creates more flexibility with defensive game planning.
"A one-year deal worth $12 million is a big hit on the Patriots' salary cap, but it's obviously a hit worth taking given Revis' status as one of the NFL's premier defensive players.
"The team's generally sound management of the cap put itself in position to capitalize on this unexpected opportunity, and now the Patriots can get a feel for working with Revis in 2014 and see if a comfort level develops on both sides to strike a longer-term agreement.
"It's similar to what the Patriots did with Talib last year, just at more than double the price. For Revis, a one-year, $12 million deal is greater than what a franchise-tagged player would receive and reflects his standing as a franchise-caliber player."
Revis suited up in just two games for the New York Jets in 2012 as he suffered a torn left knee ACL injury which required surgery and forced him to sit out the remainder of the season.
He was also named to the Pro Bowl in his only season in Tampa Bay.
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