FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Revis Island is coming to New England.
“Now it’s Official.@Revis24 has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots!” John Geiger tweeted Thursday.
The Patriots wasted little time in finding a replacement for another top cornerback. On Tuesday, Aqib Talib left for a six-year contract worth a reported $57 million with the Denver Broncos.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the three-time All-Pro on Wednesday before he was due a $1.5 million bonus. Revis was cut after efforts to trade him and his $16 million salary failed.
As a Jet, Revis faced the Patriots 12 times in the regular season and postseason, more than any other opponent. He had two interceptions, nine passes defensed, one fumble recovery and 50 tackles in those games.
Revis, known for his lock-down coverage of receivers, trademarked the phrase “Revis Island,” a nickname he was given because of his ability in man-to-man coverage.
He’s an upgrade over Talib, and more durable, and comes to a defense that allowed the 15th most yards passing in the NFL last season and the seventh most overall. The Patriots also could use another pass-rushing defensive end to complement Chandler Jones, who led them with 11 1-2 sacks last season.
They won the AFC East with a 12-4 record but lost the AFC championship game in Denver 26-16 as Peyton Manning threw for 400 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Patriots usually don’t sign big-name veteran free agents. Last year, they let wide receiver Wes Welker leave for Denver and replaced him with oft-injured free agent Danny Amendola, who caught 54 passes in a disappointing season.
Julian Edelman, who emerged last season with a career-high 105 catches, is a free agent but could remain with New England.
Other free agent wide receivers who might interest the Patriots are Jason Avant, who has 297 catches in eight seasons with Philadelphia, Brandon LaFell, who has 167 catches in four seasons with Carolina, and Emmanuel Sanders, who has 161 catches in four seasons with Pittsburgh. They combined for 154 catches for 13 touchdowns last season.