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Darrelle Revis’ business manager confirms deal with Patriots

03.13.14 at 10:22 am ET
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A day after warning that reports of Darrelle Revis agreeing to a deal with the Patriots were premature, Revis’ business manager confirmed the move.

John Geiger tweeted Thursday morning: Now it’s Official. @Revis24 has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots!

<blockquote lang=”en”><p>Now it's Official. <a href=”″>@Revis24</a> has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots !</p>&mdash; John Geiger (@JohnGeiger_) <a href=”″>March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Revis reportedly will make $12 million on the one-year deal, less than the $16 million he was scheduled to make with the Buccaneers before they released him Wednesday after one season in Tampa Bay. Revis spent his first six NFL seasons with the Jets.

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Matt Light on D&C: ‘I didn’t honestly know if [Darrelle] Revis would be that guy’ for the Patriots

03.13.14 at 10:13 am ET
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Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss New England’€™s acquisition of cornerback Darrelle Revis. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night that the Patriots and Revis agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract.

“I did figure they’€™re going to find somebody in the free agency market, or they’€™re going to find somebody out there that’€™s got some experience,” Light said. “I didn’t honestly know if Revis would be that guy.

“I didn’€™t think Revis would say to himself, ‘€˜Hey, I’€™m going to take a little bit of a hit and go play for a guy that I’€™ve butted heads with in the past.’€™ But ultimately, though, you do look at Revis as a guy who is in that point in his career where he said, ‘I want to go win it and I want a legit shot at winning it, and I know that Bill Belichick is that guy.’ He can definitely give that opportunity to him.”

During his one season in Tampa Bay, Revis had 50 tackles with two interceptions and 11 passes defended.

“When you’€™re running with a guy like Darrelle Revis … [he’€™s] got a little bit of an edge to him,” Light said. “He can go out there and make plays, but not just make plays, but almost intimidate the other team. It’€™s only going to give a little bit of swagger to the rest of the guys that are back there with him.

“So much of that stuff is proven out throughout the week in practice, so a guy like Darrelle Revis is sitting there, he’€™s conversing with some of these young guys and they’€™re going over some strategy and he’€™s hearing some stuff from Bill that he maybe hasn’t tried before and he’€™s adding a few more tools to the box and all of those things will add up to hopefully a very confident team when they take the field.”

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Report: CB Brandon Browner scheduled to meet with Patriots Thursday

03.13.14 at 12:37 am ET
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Free agent cornerback Brandon Browner will reportedly visit with the Patriots on Thursday, according to Mark Ockerbloom of Fox 25.

The 29-year-old Browner, who has played the last three seasons with the Seahawks, is a 6-foot-4, 221-pound cornerback out of Oregon State who has taken a circuitous route to success. He was undrafted, and ended up in Canada with the CFL before latching on with the Seahawks. He became a key part of the Seattle secondary over the last few years, picking off six passes in 2011.

However, he has suspended for violating the league’s policy on PEDs in the past. Between the bans and injury issues, been limited to a combined 20 games the last two years. Because of his latest violation, he has to sit out the first four games of the 2014 season as well.

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Aqib Talib: I never had a hip problem when I was with Patriots

03.13.14 at 12:13 am ET
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Aqib Talib was introduced to the media in Denver for the first time as a Bronco on Wednesday, and he quickly dismissed any thought that he had been struggling with a hip injury — despite the fact that he had been listed on the injury report by the Patriots with a hip injury at multiple points in the 2013 season.

“That was in Tampa, that was the right side. I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa,” he told reporters.

“The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa. The injury I had was actually a quad injury, it was reported as a hip injury. But that’s how they do things.”

Talib — who signed a six-year, $57 million deal with the Broncos that included $26 million in guaranteed money — addressed the larger issue of his health, including the injury that knocked him out of the 2013 AFC title game against Denver when he collided with Wes Welker.

“At 28, I still feel good, I still can do standing backflips and stuff like that, so I feel like I’m in pretty good shape,” said Talib, who hasn’t played a full 16-game season since he arrived in the NFL.

“The injury in the AFC championship, it was just a deep bone bruise. It just swelled up a lot, but no damage, really. It was just a real deep bruise. I just had to do the ice and get my motion back and things like that. It’s perfectly fine now. I’ve been back working out and it’s perfectly fine.”

Talib added that there was no ill will toward Welker.

“Wes is a good friend of mine,” Talib said. “I watched that play 1,000 times and I can promise you he didn’t do it on purpose.”

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Darrelle Revis’ manager says no deal yet between Patriots, cornerback

03.12.14 at 9:04 pm ET
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Not so fast.

The manager for Darrelle Revis has denied that there’s an agreement in place between the Patriots and the veteran cornerback. John Geiger issued the following tweet, moments after ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the two sides had agreed on a one-year deal.


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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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