Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Free-agency review: Patriots
By Mike Reiss
Most significant signing: Darrelle Revis. The plan all along was to hopefully retain cornerback Aqib Talib, but the stars aligned for the Patriots to land Revis, one of the NFL's premier defensive players. Between Revis and Brandon Browner, the Patriots landed two physical cornerbacks who excel at playing physical at the line of scrimmage and matching up in man coverage.
Most significant loss: Harmony with Vince Wilfork. The defensive captain has asked the team to release him, potentially leaving a big void to fill at the line of scrimmage if the team follows through with it.
Biggest surprise: Revis. General fan reaction and media-based discussion surrounding the Patriots on a quiet first day of free agency bordered on panic. Then came the addition of Revis, which changed everything.
What’s next? Running back LeGarrette Blount remains a free agent and there seems to be mutual interest in his return. The Patriots have also explored options along the interior of the offensive line, but haven't made any additions, as starting center Ryan Wendell remains a free agent as well.