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Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots strike contract

The Denver Broncos owned the first 24 hours of free agency with a flurry of huge moves. The New England Patriots have struck back with a big move of their own.

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Just a few hours after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released him, Darrelle Revis has agreed to terms with the Patriots on a two-year, $32 million contract, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer, per a Patriots source. ESPN first reported the news.

The team officially announced Revis' deal Monday. 

The deal truly amounts to a one-year contract. Revis will get $12 million in 2014, and the team has a $20 million option for 2015. That figure will force Revis and the Patriots to revisit the contract a year from now; there's no way they'll pay him $20 million. Breer reports that the Patriots have designs on eventually locking up Revis with a long-term deal.

Bill Belichick loves physical cornerbacks that can play man coverage. Few of them in NFL history have played that style any better than Revis -- at least he was before his torn ACL in 2012. Revis will replace the departed Aqib Talib in New England's starting lineup and set himself up for another big free-agent decision one season from now.

This is a typical Patriots move because the value makes sense. They didn't want to extend themselves to pay Talib huge guaranteed money because of his injury history, allowing the Broncos to take that risk. But they needed help in the secondary, and the value here was great.

Even though Revis will make more money than any cornerback in 2014, the Patriots didn't give up big long-term money. (Guys like Alterraun Verner and Golden Tate got more guaranteed cash this offseason.) It's only a one-year rental, but this is a one-year league. Revis is a one-year player, jumping from team to team looking for the maximum deal.

We like the move, but it's worth asking if Revis still deserves to be paid like the best cornerback in the league. (The next best cover man makes $10 million.) Revis was very good in 2013, but the Patriots hope that another year removed from ACL surgery helps him return to his otherworldly form.

In Revis, Belichick has his favorite type of player: a student of the game. Randy Moss was such a great fit on New England because he's one of the smartest players that Belichick has ever coached. Revis could be a similar fit.

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This is a story that will be extra painful to see in Florham Park, N.J. There was talk that Revis and the Jets were open to a possible reunion. Revis was Jets coach Rex Ryan's favorite player, and now Ryan has to watch Revis lock down Eric Decker twice in 2014. Just minutes after the Revis news broke, the Jets announced an agreement with offensive tackle Breno Giacomini in response.

Still, this isn't a move the Patriots made with the division in mind. Their sights are set higher after four straight playoff byes with no titles to show for it.

This is a move made to put a solid Patriots team over the top. Peyton Manning isn't the only all-time great quarterback with a short window left to grab a title.

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