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When Darrelle Revis takes the field for the Patriots this season, there’s a possibility he may have a discussion with safety Adrian Wilson to see if Revis can convince Wilson to relinquish the number he’s worn in past seasons in New York and Tampa Bay, as well as the number of a player he apparently holds a lot of admiration for.

According to Revis, former Patriots defensive back Ty Law, who wore number twenty-four during his career in New England, has apparently been a mentor throughout the veteran’s life and the two still communicate even now.

“Ty has been a mentor through my whole life,” Revis told reporters on Monday.  ”He’s a very close friend to my family. We had a conversation. It is not about the situation I’m in at hand, but I talk to Ty all the time – about life and football. I can’t get into details of even what me and him talk about.

“I’m just happy that he was there, he’s on my side and if I can bounce questions off of him and ask him certain things because he has a lot of experience then that’s what I can do. Ty’s always there in my corner to help me whether it’s football or life. I thank Ty for that. I’m sure he’s not listening, he’s not on the call but I’ll tell him that later.”

After losing free agent cornerback Aqib Talib to the Denver Broncos, the Patriots surprised everyone after they were able to quickly get a deal done to bring Revis into the fold. Law is a local analyst for Comcast Sports New England and was pleased with the move, telling USA TODAY that Revis was an “upgrade” over Talib.

“Darrelle is an upgrade,” said Law. “No disrespect to Aqib, who is a great corner in his own right. But outside of Denver in the AFC, who else do you see besides the Patriots?”

Law also said he had never seen Revis happier.

“He’s ecstatic,” said Law. “He’s in a damn good place — able to get paid and play for a championship team, especially after going through that tumultuous (4-12) year in Tampa Bay. Playing in New York, he smelled a Super Bowl a couple times. He can taste it right now.”

Revis admitted during the process that when he was released by the Buccaneers, he and his agent weighed their options before ultimately making the decision to come to New England.  Revis felt that the oppoortunity to play for a winning program ultimately was the deciding factor.

“We had to weigh our options,” Revis explained.  ”It was a lot of stuff going on after I got released, teams calling and we had to weigh our options. Me and my agents had to weigh our options. We felt like New England was the best place. They’re a winning program, they’re a winning organization and we wanted to be a part of it. I know the New England Patriots very well from playing against them when I was a Jet and we just felt like this is the right situation for me. Everything fell into place.”

For now Revis is trying to get settled and begin the process of getting acclimated into New England’s system.  He’s somewhat familiar with their personnel, and the goal over the next few months is to try and start getting comfortable before they begin work during OTA’s as he begins the process of preparing for the 2014 season.

“As of right now, I’m just trying to focus on being a Patriot right now,” said Revis.  ”Everything has happened so fast over the last couple days, so I’m still trying to soak everything in. I know we’ve got Brandon [Browner], I know we’ve got [Devin] McCourty and Logan Ryan. We’ve got some great talent back there. But as of right now, I’m still trying to soak it in and look at the next step ahead and that’s OTAs right now.”

One question obviously is the health of his surgically repaired knee, which Revis said hampered him early last season but got stronger as the season progressed.  However, he doesn’t expect it to be a problem, and he’s just excited to get back on the field to start the next chapter of his career.

“It was a long process,” Revis said of his rehabilitation.  ”I did finish all 16 games. I was slow and maybe sluggish in the beginning of the season but week to week, I got stronger and stronger. Toward the end, I probably felt my best as a football player.

“That’s a thing where it took some time and I thank [the] Tampa Bay Buccaneers for everything they did to help me with my rehab throughout the course of the year. It was a big process to get through that and fight through it but right now I feel great. I’m just ready to play ball.”

There was some speculation that newly signed free agent cornerback Brandon Browner might have been brought in with the idea that he would move to safety to give the Patriots a bigger presence along-side Devin McCourty.

As it turns out, that doesn’t appear that’s going to be the case.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Browner said the team hasn’t discussed that possibility with him, which means for now he plans on playing cornerback when he suits up for his new team.

“They haven’t talked to me about playing safety,” Browner told him. ”So far, I’m here to play cornerback, and I play wherever need be. I just want to play some football, and I’m fortunate enough to play for a team like the Pats.”

One area that the team has struggled with at times is man-to-man, which is something that Browner also said was his strong suit and he plans on doing that now here in New England.

Overall according to ProFootballFocus.com, Browner was relatively successful in coverage last season, having been thrown at 38 times with 20 completions (52.6%) for 240 yards while allowing two touchdowns, one interception and nine passes defensed.

Now he’ll try and bring his skillset into New England’s defense and plans on doing a lot of the same things, which means he doesn’t see his job description changing much.

“The only thing that changes is the terminology,” said Browner  ”I was also told I’ll play a lot of man to man, which is my strong suit. I take it in stride and can’t wait to get back out there.”

Free Agent WR Brandon LaFell Becomes Latest Addition to Patriots

If you can’t beat them, get them to join you.

After a team leading 7-catch, 59yd performance including a touchdown during the Panthers Monday night win over New England earlier last season, the Patriots have managed to lure Carolina free agent receiver Brandon LaFell to their side after CSNNE’s Tom Curran reported that he’s agreed to join Bill Belichick’s team, just hours after the team re-signed free agent Julian Edelman.

According to Adam Schefter, it’s a 3-year deal.

At 6’2″ LaFell gives New England another big body to go along with 2nd-year receiver Aaron Dobson, who is 6’3″.  Looking over the depth chart, height was something they certainly needed as none of the remaining names on the list who played a snap last season were over six feet tall.  His addition now gives the Patriots an additional big body along with Dobson to compliment tight end Rob Gronkowski as another potential scoring threat down in the red area.

Against New England in Week 11 in what ended up being a controversial finish, LaFell had a good night.  He caught a touchdown against rookie Duron Harmon and was a reliable target for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, missing on only one pass attempt when looking LaFell’s way after having targeted him eight times.

During that contest, here’s a breakdown of LaFell’s receptions:

BY DIRECTION:
Deep Left: 1/1 17yds
Deep Right: 1/0
Short Middle: 2/2 17yds 1 TD
Short Right: 4/4 25yds

BY DOWN:
1st: 4/4 38yds
2nd: 2/2 12yds
3rd: 1/2 9yds 1 TD

With LaFell in the fold, the Patriots don’t appear done yet in terms of exploring additional receiving options.  New England will reportedly take a look at former University of Rutgers receiver and Tennessee Titans free agent Kenny Britt on Sunday.  Between the addition of LaFell and New England’s continued interest in receivers, that may not be a good sign for Kenbrell Thompkins. Thompkins peaked early last season before dropping off in the second half, and like he did last preseason, he may have to battle it out to prove he deserves a roster spot.

All in all it’s yet another interesting move in what has already been quite a week here in New England.

Here are this morning’s top stories:

BOSTON HERALD:

Money may send Vince Wilfork away – Jeff Howe – Howe writes about Wilfork, who he feels may see his decade-long tenure with the team coming to an end.

Patriots Notebook: Darrelle Revis’s contract a bit complicated Jeff Howe - Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with some of the details involved in the Revis deal.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Vince Wilfork era could be ending for Patriots - Ben Volin – Volin has an article on the situation with Wilfork, who asked for his release on Thursday.

Darrelle Revis deal includes Patriots option for 2015 – Matt Pepin and Ben Volin – Pepin and Volin recap the details of the deal Revis signed to join the Patriots.

Reports conflict on Brandon Browner and Patriots – The Globe has an article on the conflicting reports on whether or not Seahakws free agent cornerback Brandon Browner has actually agreed to terms with New England.

Peyton Manning forced Patriots to get Darrelle Revis – Christopher Gasper – Gasper has a column where he feels in order to beat teams like Denver Belichick realized they needed someone of Revis’ caliber to do it.

Words With Frenz mailbag: Examining remaining options in free agency – Erik Frenz – Frenz has his mailbag for this week, and talks about who the Patriots may still target.

ESPN BOSTON:

Picked-up pieces on free-agent trail – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at some remaining stories surrounding some potential free agents, and gives his thoughts on the possible fit for Julian Edelman out in San Francisco.

Pats talking with Brandon Browner - In this report, Adam Schefter reports that Browner wants to be in New England and that they’re close, but “it’s a tough deal to do because of the suspension”.

Julian Edelman to visit 49ers – Mike Reiss – Reiss has an article about the pending visit for Julian Edelman in San Francisco.

Contract at heart of Vince Wilfork news – Mike Reiss – Reiss has his thoughts on the situation with Wilfork and feels that money/respect is at the root of the issue.

Weekly Patriots chat recap – Mike Reiss – Some good stuff as usual in Reiss’ chat transcript from yesterday.

WEEI:

Defensive lineman Tommy Kelly reworks his contract – Christopher Price – Price looks at Tommy Kelly, who appears to have reworked his contract.

CSNNE:

Guess you gotta do what you gotta do, Vince . . . – Tom Curran – Curran has his take on how he believes the discussion may have gone down between the Patriots and Vince Wilfork.

MASSLIVE:

New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Prospects: Notre Dame DT Louis Nix III could be be the man to fill Vince Wilfork’s shoes – Nick O’Malley – O’Malley spotlights a player who believes could replace Wilfork.

Brandon Browner’s agent was ‘just trying to play hockey’ amid false reports – Steve DelVecchio – DelVecchio has an article where Browner’s agent apparently wasn’t pleased that reports surfaced about his client when there wasn’t a solid deal in place for his services.

CBS BOSTON:

Patriots’ Contract With Revis A 2-Year Deal For Salary Cap Purposes – in this entry more details of Darrelle Revis’ contract are highlighted, with reports revealing the Patriots actually struck a two-year deal with him.

REPORT: Veteran Patriots DT Vince Wilfork Asks For His Release

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork came into this offseason with a high cap number, as well as the knowledge that his ability moving forward after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury might be questioned by those who wondered how he’d bounce back.

That was a recipe for a difficult scenario, and on Thursday the outcome came to fruition after, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the long-time nose tackle asked the Patriots for his release.

No details have emerged behind the move just yet, but it likely comes due to the two sides possibly being unable to agree to terms to restructure his deal and lower his $11.6 cap number, as well as potentially having to accept a lower salary than the $7.5 million he was due this season.

The former 1st round pick back in 2004 (21st overall) has spent all 10 seasons with New England, having been a key part of two Super Bowl championships and is a leader in the locker room, so this likely will come as just as big of a surprise to his teammates and the fans who enjoyed watching him. It also potentially leaves quarterback Tom Brady as the lone player left who has won a title for the Patriots.

The 32-year old was entering the last season of the five-year, $40 million contract he signed back in 2010.  Unfortunately it appears unless something changes, he may not finish it here and if released, he’ll be a free agent.

REPORT: Patriots May Have Long Term Plans For Revis

Following the report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter Wednesday night that the Patriots had reached a 1-year agreement with free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis, there was some conflict from his business manager, John Geiger, who said that nothing had been agreed to just yet.

A day later, his manager finally confirmed the deal but according to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the two sides may be having a change of heart and after their meeting they may be thinking a 1-year deal might not be long enough.  Breer reports that following a “feeling-out period”, New England may now be thinking of locking him up with a long-term deal, with Breer saying the club sees an opportunity like this as rare.

Locking up Revis for the foreseeable future in Bill Belichick’s defense would be a major move for a team who hasn’t had a player of his caliber since the days of when New England had Ty Law in their secondary.

Fortunately they’ve already got him for this year.  If this news is true and they’re able to get something done to keep him even longer, that obviously makes it even better. At just 28 years old it’s tough not to believe Revis still has plenty of his best football left in him, and hopefully if all goes well the Patriots will be able to enjoy having him around for more than just this season.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots make splash in adding Darrelle Revis – Ben Volin – Volin writes that Bill Belichick has crafted a Hall of Fame coaching career out of being unpredictable, and he surprised everyone last night by adding Revis.

Patriots welcome free agents to Foxborough – Ben Volin – Volin files his notebook this morning, which leads off with some of the players who visited Foxboro on Wednesday, as well as some additional transactions.

Jets fans are wallowing in fear after Patriots land Revis - Eric Wilbur – Wilbur mocks the Jets a bit in this piece after seeing the reactions by their fans to the Patriots signing of Darrelle Revis.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots ink All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis – Jeff Howe, Karen Guregian – Howe and Guregian have a column on the addition of Revis, who the Patriots were able to acquire without losing a draft pick after the Bucs weren’t able to land a trade partner and released him.

Patriots Notebook: Aqib Talib takes best package – Jeff Howe – Howe has comments from Talib, who felt that Denver offered him the best total package.

Signing Darrelle Revis was the only choice for Patriots – Karen Guregian – Guregian writes that the Patriots were facing a must-win situation, and they got their man when they added Revis Wedesday.

ESPN BOSTON:

Aqib Talib takes shot at Patriots - Jeff Legwold – Legwold has comments from Talib’s press conference in Denver yesterday where the now-former Patriots cornerback had some interesting comments about his former team.

Perspectives on Revis and Patriots – Mike Reiss – Reiss has a collection of reactions nationally on the addition of Revis by other reporters.

CB Brandon Browner visiting Patriots – Field Yates – Yates has an entry regarding the visit by Browner, who is expected to visit today.

Stars aligned for Patriots, Revis – Mike Reiss – Reiss has his thoughts on how everything came together for the Revis and feels the Patriots masterfully aced the test in adapting to free agency.

Rapid Reaction: Revis and Patriots – Mike Reiss – Reiss has his quick reactions from the signing, and says, “How’s that for a contingency plan”?

CSNNE:

Reports: Patriots meeting with Brandon Browner - In this entry the fact the Patriots are set to meet with Seahawks defensive back Brandon Browner is highlighted.

Howe, Ryan: Time for Edelman to get paid – Jeff Howe and Bob Ryan were on Sports Tonight and feel that it’s time for Julian Edelman to finally get paid, and Ryan feels the team “did not do well” by Edelman by letting him test the market.

MASSLIVE:

New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Prospects: Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is Gronk-like as a receiver, but not a blocker – Nick O’Malley – O’Malley has an entry on Seferian-Jenkins, and gives his thoughts on how he might fit in here in New England.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Donaldson: Revis contract is a win for the Patriots - Jim Donaldson – Donaldson feels that the deal for Revis looks like a good one for New England.

CBS NEW YORK:

REPORT: Patriots Thinking Long-Term Deal After Landing Darrelle Revis – In this article they highlight the report from Albert Breer that the Patriots may be trying to work out a long-term deal to keep Revis in New England.

NEW JERSEY STAR LEDGER:

NFL free agency 2014: Patriots rookies Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon get exposed to business side of the game – Dan Duggan – Duggan has an article on Ryan and Harmon, who are getting their first look at NFL free agency, which saw them already lose teammate Steve Gregory after the Patriots recently released him.

As the Patriots continue trying to clear salary cap space, there are likely some deals that will need to be reworked and it sounds like New England may be trying to do just that with one of their top players.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported on Wednesday that the Patriots have had discussions with Vince Wilfork on a potential contract extension, which will hopefully help them lower his $11.6 million cap number and give New England a little more financial wiggle room.

Wilfork is coming off of a tough year after suffering a season ending Achilles injury, which he suffered less than five minutes into the team’s win over Atlanta in week four and sidelined him for the rest of 2013. Unfortunately to make matters worse, the Patriots lost Tommy Kelly shortly after, which really hurt the interior part of New England’s defense and affected them throughout the remainder of the year.

It’s hard to know just yet the type of player Wilfork will be when he returns this season, but most fans are hopeful he’ll be able to still be a factor and hopefully help them be more effective inside than they were after he went down. Wilfork has been a staple on this defense since the team selected him in the first round (21st overall) back in 2004, and he’s a fan favorite and very active in the community off the field.

He spent a lot of time down the stretch last year still attending games and was there actively trying to help out his teammates on the sidelines, which is unusual for players who are out for the year. He’s well respected in the locker room and obviously represents the type of player this organization appreciates, so the fact the two sides were discussing an extension is certainly good news. Hopefully something can get done because it’s hard not to feel as though Wilfork can still be productive in their defense.

And if he can’t be as dominant as he once was, at least they’ll have some money to bring in some guys to help out.

One day after agreeing to a 6-year, $57-million deal with $26-million guaranteed, Aqib Talib was in Denver to put his name on the dotted line and meet with the Denver media.

The interesting part of the exchange was the fact that despite the amount of admiration that was shown towards him while he was here, it sounds like he wasn’t thrilled with how some things were portrayed, most notably his injury history that had seemingly included hip issues, which many thought might scare off potential suiters.

According to Talib, that wasn’t the case. He clarified his real ailments, blaming the Patriots for how they were reported.

“That was in Tampa, that was the right side,” said Talib when asked about whether or not the hip injury he had reportedly dealt with last year would affect him with his new team. “I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa. The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa. The injury I had was actually a quad injury, it was reported as a hip injury, but that’s how they do things.”

As for the injury during the AFC Championship game he suffered after taking a shot from Wes Welker, at the time it was reported as a “rib” injury after his collision with Welker. Instead it was a leg injury that Talib said was nothing more than a bone bruise and that it’s “perfectly fine” now.

“The injury in the AFC championship, it was just a deep bone bruise,” said Talib. “It just swelled up a lot, but no damage, really. It was just a real deep bruise. I just had to do the ice and get my motion back and things like that.

“It’s perfectly fine now. I’ve been back working out and it’s perfectly fine.”

The veteran missed three games last season and for the second straight season couldn’t finish New England’s appearance in an AFC Championship.

In this year’s Championship match-up in Denver, Bill Belichick was furious after Welker knocked Talib out and at the time Belichick felt it was deliberate and had a huge impact on the game.

Talib told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t feel Welker did it on purpose, which is in stark contrast to how Belichick interpreted it. Although after paying him $57-million, clearly Talib was choosing his words carefully.

Talib and the Broncos will face off against the Patriots when Denver visits Gillette Stadium on a date that has yet to be announced.

Wednesday Round Up: Some News and Notes After Day Two

With free agency now in full swing, aside from the Darrelle Revis acquisition, the Patriots started doing their normal due diligence which included some players at different positions on Wednesday, along with some player visits.

Broncos linebacker Lesley Woodyard was in town for a visit, and after leaving told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the meeting “went great”, although he left without a contract.  Also in town was Panthers free agent wideout Brandon LaFell, who was Carolina’s third leading receiver in 2013 with 49 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns.

Field Yates of ESPN Boston reported that Cardinals linebacker Matt Shaughnessy also visited, with some believing Shaughnessy could be a nice fit for a defense that Bill Belichick is seemingly trying to add speed and depth at that position, at least judging by the type of players they’ve targeted so far.

As for other personnel moves, the Patriots released defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga along with offensive lineman Markus Zusevics.   The team will reportedly be meeting with Rams offensive lineman Shelley Smith, and also recently met with former Cowboys center Phil Costa.

Meanwhile one player that the Patriots expressed interest in is now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, with former Buccaneers linebacker Dakoda Watson revealing to reporters in Jacksonville that New England was among nine teams who were interested in his services.

Other notes:

Julian Edelman gaining interest – A report from Aaron Wilson from the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday indicated that Edelman is drawing heavy interest from several teams, and there appears to be a healthy market for the Patriots free agent receiver.  What that means for his future here in New England remains to be seen, but it appears that he’ll at least have more options this time around that he didn’t have when he hit the open market last year.

Broncos take DeMarcus Ware off the Market - The Broncos made their second free agent splash on Wednesday when they snagged Ware and added him to their defense.  Ware was on the wish list of quite a few fans who hoped he may land here, while Greg Bedard Tweeted that he felt Jared Allen might be a better fit for the Patriots in their defense.

Emmanuel Sanders Exploring His Options - One name that was thought to be on New England’s radar given their interest in him last offseason was Sanders, who was in Jacksonville Wednesday for a visit with the Jaguars.  From there he’s headed to Tampa Bay, and is also reportedly going to be visiting with the Jets.  Judging by the interest in LaFell and Avant, it looks like that’s a position that’s on New England’s radar this offseason.

In the meantime be sure and check out our Patriots free agent “Rumor Mill”, which is updated throughout each day with the latest player rumors, visits, and signings.