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As for Revis, neither Idzik nor Ryan went into whether there were talks about bringing him back after Tampa Bay cut him.

“This isn’t fantasy football,” Ryan said. “There are a lot of factors that go into obtaining players. … Now, he’s a Patriot. That’s the way it is.”

Idzik made it clear that he won’t stray from his game plan, no matter how much pressure to make moves and spend big money comes from outside the team’s facility.

“What we’re trying to build here is sustainable success,” Idzik said. “We’re not going to put a finger in the dike and try to do something for short-term gain if we feel like it’s going to hurt us in the long term. We want to do things that are going to help us in the short term, but we realize they’re going to help us in the long term, too.

“That’s how we define winning.”


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