Darrelle Revis vs. Aqib Talib: Did the New England Patriots come out on top?


It is not often that the New England Patriots lose a top free agent and move quickly to replace him with an even bigger name. In fact, in the Bill Belichick era it has never happened. The Patriots rarely make a big splash in free agency and instead focus on the draft and trading for low-risk/high-value veterans to build the roster. The signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis is a big time move by the usually conservative New England Patriots front office.

After watching their AFC Championship nemesis the Denver Broncos spend big on day one of free agency, New England Patriots fans took to Twitter, Facebook,talk radio, and other outlets to express their displeasure with the top AFC rival for a Super Bowl berth making big moves like signing safety T.J. Ward and defensive end Demarcus Ware in free agency. Then, late in the evening, the furor became more furious as news broke that the Denver Broncos signed Patriots top cornerback Aqib Talib.

Just as New England fans were reaching the peak of their frustration, on day two news broke in the evening that the Patriots had signed All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis after he being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Just one year after giving up the #13 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and a 2014 fourth round pick to the Jets, the Buccaneers released Revis right before the draft pick would have upgraded to a third round pick.

The big question now becomes: Did the New England Patriots upgrade their defense with the loss of cornerback Aqib Talib and the addition of cornerback Darrelle Revis?

Read on for Hal’s answer

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