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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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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.”

For complete video of McGinest’s segment, click here.

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