Patriots reportedly pick up top corner Darrelle Revis

Shortly after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback Darrelle Revis signed a...

Shortly after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback Darrelle Revis signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. (USA Today)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:43 PM ET

The New England Patriots answered the Denver Broncos’ defensive upgrades by agreeing to terms Wednesday night with Darrelle Revis.

It’s a one-year deal for $12 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who broke the news at about 8:30 p.m. EDT.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had released Revis only about five hours earlier.

Revis might still be the best cover cornerback in the NFL, despite having ACL surgery in September 2012.

The Bucs had acquired Revis from the New York Jets in a trade only 11 months ago.

They dumped him in part because of his weighty contract -- Revis had been due to earn $16 million over each of the next four seasons -- but mostly because he isn’t a fit in new head coach Lovie Smith’s defence, which requires its cornerbacks to usually play more passively in zone coverage, rather than in Revis’ preference, press-man coverage.


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