NFL roundup: Patriots snag cornerback Revis
Cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the day, and the New England Patriots reached agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal, ESPN.com reported Wednesday night.
Revis still needs to pass his physical and sign his contract, but once he does, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, it will continue Revis’ reign as the NFL’s highest paid cornerback.
The signing would give the Patriots the player they needed to replace cornerback Aqib Talib, who signed with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday night.
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. He appeared in all 16 games and made two interceptions and 11 passes defended in his one season with Tampa Bay.
Revis joined Tampa Bay in 2013 for a first-round pick and a conditional draft choice. In his first season with the Buccaneers, Revis started all 16 games, recording 50 tackles, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack.
“We would like to thank Darrelle for his time and effort with our organization last year,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “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.
Broncos sign DeMarcus Ware
The Denver Broncos led the way on the second day of NFL free agency.
Just over 12 hours after signing cornerback Aqib Talib for $57 million, the Broncos made another splash by signing defensive end DeMarcus Ware to a three-year, $30 million deal.
Ware will earn $20 million guaranteed over the lifetime of the deal, including $13 million next season, matching what he would have made in Dallas.