After losing star cornerback Aqib Talib to the Broncos Tuesday night, Patriots fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Day 2 of Patriots free agency certainly proved much more fruitful for the team.
There’s no question that the biggest news of the day was the Patriots’ acquisition of three-time All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis under a one-year, $12 million contract. The Buccaneers released Revis at 4 p.m. Wednesday, and rumors immediately swirled around a deal with New England. One source said the deal was “going to happen,” while others resorted to a Photoshopped picture of Revis at Logan Airport created by Barstool. Luckily, the Pats were able to lock him down. Revis is a year removed from ACL surgery, but still managed 50 combined tackles, one sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and even earned a Pro Bowl spot in 2013. Though his contract occupies a lot of the Patriots’ leftover cap room, a one-year deal is perfect, allowing the team to see what he can do for them, while still being open to an extension.
Free Agent Visits:
There was a lot of hustle and bustle in and out of Foxboro Wednesday as well. Defensive end/outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy, wide receiver Brandon LaFell, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, and wide receiver Jason Avant all visited with the Patriots. Shaughnessy however later agreed to terms with the Cardinals with whom he played for in 2013. Woodyard is known for his pass coverage, and LaFell and Avant could add some nice depth to the receiving corps if signed.
The Patriots released offensive lineman Markus Zusevics and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga. Zusevics spent his two years with the Patriots battling injuries and never played a regular season game with the team. The Patriots picked up Sopoaga during the 2013 season from a trade with the Eagles. He was inactive for the last two regular season games, as well as the playoffs. His release saves the Pats $2.5 million.