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Darrelle Revis signs with Patriots

The New England Patriots added a big piece to their defense today, signing free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis shortly after he was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Cold War between the top two teams in the AFC has been dominated by the Denver Broncos early in this free agency period.  This evening, the New England Patriots re-entered the arms race with a big time acquisition.  After the Broncos signed former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, the Patriots added the league's top ranked cornerback, Darrelle Revis.

After refusing to restructure the $16 million per year contract he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, Revis found himself on the open market when Tampa Bay could not find a trading partner.  It did not take long for Bill Belichick to end all the speculation of who could be interested in the five time Pro Bowler, signing Revis to a one-year, $12 million contract.

The contract brings Revis back into the AFC East, meaning the Miami Dolphins will have to face him twice next year.  He previously played for the New York Jets for six seasons after being picked 14th overall in 2007.