He signed with another NFL team before dinner. And it's a contract that will have everyone buzzing.
The New England Patriots signed Revis to a one-year deal worth $12 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Revis was on the free-agent market for about four hours before finding a home in New England. He'll be paired with coach Bill Belichick, a defensive mastermind who will utilize Revis' talents to the fullest.
John Geiger, Revis' marketing and business manager, said on Twitter that a deal between his client and New England has not been reached, but a story regarding the signing is on the Patriots' official website and other outlets have confirmed Schefter's report.
Revis was slated to earn $16 million with Tampa Bay this season, but Bucs coach Lovie Smith refused to pay the cornerback to play in his Cover 2 scheme, which does not need an elite man-to-man defensive back. Tampa Bay signed cornerback Alterraun Verner on Tuesday, which solidified Revis’ departure.
This will be Revis' third team in three seasons.
Revis was one of the NFL’s elite cornerbacks with the New York Jets, but was traded to Tampa Bay last year for a first-round pick in 2013 and a fourth-round pick this year. He then signed a six-year deal with Tampa Bay worth $96 million, but that was the highlight of his stint with the Bucs. The Buccaneers tried to trade Revis before he was released, but didn't find a partner.
Revis replaces cornerback Aqib Talib, who signed with Denver on Tuesday for $57 million and $26 million guaranteed. That deal looks insane compared to the one-year $12 million deal Revis got. So does Vontae Davis' deal with the Colts that had a $20 million guarantee. Revis is one of the last players anyone expected to take a discount, but it appears he did so with the Patriots, as far as guaranteed money goes. The upside for Revis is if he has another good season, he'll be back on the market next year. The benefit for the Patriots is they landed a star to help match the many eye-opening moves of the Broncos, who beat New England in the AFC championship game in January.
New England did not pursue Talib in free agency, and many NFL observers questioned why the Patriots were not active over the first 24 hours of free agency.
Instead of overreacting early on, New England snagged one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks without having to make a long-term investment.
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