It didn’t take the Patriots long to change public perception.
After losing their top free agent Aqib Talib to the rival Denver Broncos on Tuesday, the Patriots responded a day later by signing Darrelle Revis to take his place. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the sides agreed on a one-year, $12 million deal, citing league sources.
Not only was Bill Belichick able to fill Talib’s spot at left cornerback, he did so with a significantly better player and in the process inked the highest-profile free agent in team history.
Revis, 28, is regarded by many as the best cornerback in football. Prior to tearing his ACL and missing most of the 2012 season he had gone to four straight Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro three times. He was also quite durable before the knee injury as he missed just three games between 2007-11 before tearing his ACL in Week 2 of 2012 in Miami.
The Jets dealt Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last offseason for first- and fourth-round picks, and the veteran corner turned in another solid season in the NFC South. He went to his fifth career Pro Bowl while playing in all 16 games and recording a pair of interceptions despite being used in mostly zone defenses, which do not play to his strengths as a cover corner.
Revis is a true difference maker in the secondary and someone who can change games with his ability to patrol one side of the field. As a member of the Jets he often blanketed Randy Moss on the outside and forced