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Report: Patriots, Darrelle Revis agree on 1-year deal

03.12.14 at 8:50 pm ET
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The Patriots and cornerback Darrelle Revis have agreed on a one-year, $12 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

A three-time first-team All-Pro who will turn 29 before the start of the 2014 season, the 6-foot, 205-pounder has spent seven years in the league –€” six with the Jets (2007-12) and one with Tampa Bay (2013). He has 21 career picks to his credit, with his best season coming in 2009 when he had six.

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Patriots release DT Isaac Sopoaga, OL Markus Zusevics

03.12.14 at 5:46 pm ET
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The Patriots announced Wednesday they have released defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and offensive lineman Markus Zusevics.

The following is a portion of the press release issued by the team on the moves:

Sopoaga, 32, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons, including the second half of 2013 with the Patriots after being acquired from Philadelphia in a midseason trade on Oct. 29, 2013. The 6-foot-2, 330-pounder was signed by Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent from the San Francisco 49ers on March 12, 2013. Sopoaga played in six games with two starts for New England last year and was inactive for the final two regular-season contests and both playoff games. He registered two tackles, one sack and one pass defensed playing for the Patriots.

Sopoaga originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round (104th pick overall) draft pick by San Francisco in 2004 out of Hawaii. He has played in 139 NFL games with 88 starts at both defensive tackle and nose tackle during his career and has 467 total tackles, 8½ sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He has also played in five postseason games with three starts with 17 total tackles and one sack. Sopoaga also has one NFL reception when he caught an 18-yard pass from quarterback Alex Smith to convert a third down to set up a 49ers field goal vs. Cleveland on Oct. 30, 2011.

Zusevics, 24, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Iowa on May 10, 2012. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder, was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Aug. 27, 2012, and activated to the 53-man roster on Nov. 22, 2012. He was inactive for five of the final 2012 regular-season games and both playoff contests. Zusevics spent the 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering an injury during training camp.

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Wesley Woodyard: Visit with Patriots ‘went great’

03.12.14 at 5:35 pm ET
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Wesley Woodyard has finished up his visit with the Patriots, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

“The visit with the Patriots went great,” Woodyard told Anderson. “I got to sit down with the coaches. I talked to (Bill) Belichick too. He told me how he sees my role with the team. I respect him a lot.”

The 6-foot, 233-pound linebacker compiled 84 tackles, three forced fumbles and four pass breakups in 2013. In last year’€™s regular-season meeting between the Patriots and Broncos, the 27-year-old finished with 15 total tackles (seven solo) and a forced fumble.

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Buccaneers cut Darrelle Revis

03.12.14 at 3:49 pm ET
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As expected, the Buccaneers cut cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday, freeing the veteran corner to sign with another team.

A three-time first-team All-Pro who will turn 29 before the start of the 2014 season, the 6-foot, 205-pounder has spent seven years in the league — six with the Jets (2007-2012) and one with Tampa Bay (2013). He has 21 career picks to his credit, with his best season coming in 2009 when he had six.

“€œWe would like to thank Darrelle for his time and effort with our organization last year,” said Bucs GM Jason Licht in a statement released by the team. “Darrelle showed a lot of heart last year as he worked extremely hard to get himself back on the field following his knee injury sustained the previous season. We have specific ideas regarding the best way to build this defense and, while you never like to lose a good player, we believe this is in the best interests of our team moving forward. Darrelle was a true professional here in Tampa Bay and we wish him continued success in his career.”€

The Patriots are believed to be one of the teams in the mix for his services, and that speculation only increased Wednesday afternoon when New England released veteran defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who had a $3.5 million cap hit for 2014. That cost-cutting move, combined with the fact that New England came into the day with roughly $15.8 million in cap room (according to the NFL Network), leads many to believe that the Patriots will make an attempt to land the cornerback, who was set to make $16 million in 204 with Tampa Bay.

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Willie McGinest on Aqib Talib’s departure: ‘I don’t know where the disconnection went’

03.12.14 at 2:11 pm ET
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Former Patriots linebacker/defensive end and current NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest talked about Aqib Talib and his decision to leave New England for Denver on Wednesday’s edition of “Free Agent Frenzy” on the NFL Network.

On Talib: “He’€™s one of the rare defensive backs in our league that can play every single position on the field; from the left side, from the right side, he can play the slot, he can bump-and-run.”

On a conversation he had with Talib during the playoffs: “In talking to Talib while I was in Foxboro, the one thing that he stressed [is] that he loved being a New England Patriot. This [conversation] was [in] the playoffs. He wanted to be there, he wanted to remain a New England Patriot so I don’€™t know where the disconnection went; I don’€™t know if they had enough money to pay what he wanted and where the negotiations broke down. But I know that he wanted to be a New England Patriot.”

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Patriots announce signing of TE Michael Hoomanawanui

03.12.14 at 1:24 pm ET
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The Patriots on Wednesday made official the signing of tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who had been an unrestricted free agent.

The team did not announce terms of the deal, although it was reported earlier in the week that it was for two years.

Hoomanawanui, 25, has played four seasons in the NFL, including the last two in New England after being picked up as a free agent in 2012.

A fifth-round draft pick of the Rams out of Illinois in 2010, Hoomanawanui is known primarily as a blocking tight end. He has 37 catches for 474 yards and four touchdowns in 43 career games. Last season he played 13 games and had 12 receptions for 136 yards and one TD. He caught three passes for 39 yards in the Patriots’ two playoff games.

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Patriots reportedly set to meet with Matt Shaughnessy, Shelley Smith

03.12.14 at 12:57 pm ET
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In addition to the news that the Patriots have met with free agent wide receiver Brandon LaFell, word has come out Wednesday morning that New England has free agent visits lined up with outside linebacker/defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy and offensive lineman Shelley Smith.

Shaughnessy is a 6-foot-5, 285-pounder who has been in the league for five seasons — four with the Raiders (2009-12) and one with the Cardinals. The 27-year-old has 18.5 career sacks, with his best year coming in 2010 when he had seven with Oakland. (He also had a career-high 43 tackles that year, as well as one pass defensed.) Field Yates of ESPN first reported the move.

In addition, the Patriots are meeting with the 26-year-old Smith, a sixth-round pick of the Texans in 2010 who has played with the Rams the last two years. According to the analytical site Pro Football Focus, the 6-foot-4, 312-pounder is known more as a run blocker (+12.3) than pass blocker (-6.0). He could play right guard if the Patriots are forced to do some shuffling, particularly if center Ryan Wendell leaves in free agency. (In that scenario, Smith would become the right guard while Dan Connolly would slide over to center.) Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports Net first reported the news.

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