After much speculation as to where the highly sought after Darrelle Revis would sign, the New England Patriots acted swiftly, signing the all-pro cornerback to a 1-year contract worth $12 million on Wednesday evening.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers franticly shopped Revis on Wednesday in search of a trade partner before the club released him outright. They had no luck in doing so. Revis was released just prior to the 4 p.m. deadline.
Their was no question what-so-ever that the Patriots were his number one suitor, especially after Aqib Talib skipped town for Denver on Tuesday.
A source from the Revis camp came out and said that Revis to New England was “going to happen,” before Tampa Bay even announced his release.
Bill Belichick and New England’s front office made good on the rumors, inking the top-notch defender before anyone was able to swoop in and swipe the man they ever so coveted. The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets were rumored to be in on acquiring Revis.
Revis joining the Patriots marks his second tour of duty in the AFC East. Revis, who once dawned a Jets uniform, will now be a member of the rival squad. Considering how much better Revis single-handedly made the Jets, it’s hard not to get excited when thinking about what he can do for a Patriots team that’s been in desperate need of a player of his caliber for some time.
Extending the one-year contract signed by Revis is not out of the question. The two sides could certainly work something out. Numerous reports indicate the Patriots are open to doing just that.
The 28-year-old has 21 career interceptions, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 109 pass defenses and 340 tackles in 95 career games.
Belichick will likely assign Revis to a role similar to the one he played in New York. Simply put, Revis will be asked to shut down the oppositions top target on a weekly basis.