The New England Patriots made it to the AFC Championship game last season, but they ultimately weren't good enough to overcome the Denver Broncos. Since then, the Patriots have lost their Pro Bowl cornerback and arguably their best defender in Aqib Talib to the Broncos, so New England needed some kind of counter in order to keep pace with Denver heading into the 2014 season.
That's where Darrelle Revis comes in to play. After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were unable to trade him, they released him Wednesday, and the Pats were immediately viewed as the favorites to land his services.
They've landed his services, though it will just be for one year:
CB Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014
For the Patriots, short-term deal with Revis gives them immediate upgrade at position. Sides can then feel out if long-term deal is good fit— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 13, 2014
Member of Darrelle Revis camp told me earlier today... on prospect of him going to Patriots: "It's going to happen." .... He was right. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 13, 2014