Cornerback Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal, according to league sources.
Revis still needs to pass his physical and sign his contract. Once he does, it will continue Revis’ reign as the NFL’s highest paid cornerback and gives the Patriots the player they needed to replace cornerback Aqib Talib, who unexpectedly bolted for the Denver Broncos late Tuesday night.
Once Tampa Bay released Revis, New England immediately stepped up its pursuit.
The two sides quickly were able to come together to reach the one-year agreement that once again will give the cornerback the chance to hit the free-agent market after the 2014 season and become one of the biggest stories of next March.
The Buccaneers parted ways with Revis earlier Wednesday, releasing the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback after being unable to trade him and his $16 million salary. The move saved the Bucs a $1.5 million bonus that Revis would have been due if he remained on the roster.Revis was obtained in a pre-draft trade from the New York Jets last spring, a deal that cost the Bucs a first-round pick in 2013 and a fourth-rounder this year. If Revis had remained on Tampa Bay’s roster at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, he would have been due the bonus, and the 2014 pick the Bucs sent to the Jets would have become a third-rounder.
The Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders had talked to Tampa Bay about a possible trade for Revis, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.
Revis was recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee when he joined the Bucs and was given a six-year, $96 million contract. Despite not being 100 percent physically, he appeared in all 16 games and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl, where he had two interceptions, a sack and two forced fumbles.
Revis had 50 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes defended in his one season with Tampa Bay.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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