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In what will surely be the headline of the Patriots' 2014 offseason, Darrelle Revis is now a Patriot.
Revis comes to the Patriots a full season removed from his 2012 ACL injury. In most cases, this is when players truly return to their pre-injury level, so it's not unreasonable to expect Revis should be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in 2014.
It's technically a two-year, $32 million deal, but with a second-year cap hit of $25 million, it's more like a one-year deal. Revis should be motivated to prove that he is the best cornerback in the league, and the Pats should be motivated to get a long-term deal. Either way, it's a win for both sides as far as 2014 goes.
Schematically, Revis brings many of the same elements the Patriots had with Aqib Talib in their defense—a cornerback who can lock down the opponent's No. 1 option in the passing game.
As good as Talib was, Revis is even better.
Revis was misused at times in Tampa Bay, perhaps due to his recovery, but Bill Belichick will know exactly how to employ the cover corner. Belichick didn't hesitate to have Talib follow a single receiver all over the field, and he'll surely be willing to do the same with Revis.
Not only will Revis have a big impact on the game field, but also on the practice field. He'll force Tom Brady and young receivers like Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins to bring their best every day, while also helping a young secondary that includes second-year players Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan and third-year player Alfonzo Dennard.
It's hard to know just how much one of the best corners in the game can elevate a defense, but it's clear Revis' impact will be immediate and improve the entire Patriots team.