Breer: Patriots keep flexibility to strike on guys like Revis

Breer: Patriots keep flexibility to strike on guys like Revis
March 17, 2014, 1:00 am
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It was a wild week at Patriots headquarters in Foxboro.

They signed two stud cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. They signed wide receiver Brandon LaFell and re-signed wide receiver Julian Edelman.

But it's the Revis signing that stands out above all, and for good reason. Revis is the best cornerback in the NFL, and has been for a while. He will be in the NFL Hall of Fame someday, too.

The Patriots have been frugal in the past when it comes to spending money on big-name players. But that worked out for them this time, as they had a the cap space available to bring on Revis.

NFL Network's Albert Breer joined Mike Giardi and Tom E. Curran on Sports Sunday to discuss that signing, and how the Pats were able to get it done.

"There's a difference between a Pro Bowler and a Hall-of-Famer," Breer said. "Aqib Talib is a Pro Bowl-type player. I don't think anybody will argue how good he played in his year and a half here. Certainly showed the characteristics of a guy who can be a five-time Pro Bowler if you sign him to a five-year deal. [Revis] is a Hall-of-Famer. This is what Randy Moss was in 2007.

"The way it was explained to me at least is, when you look at it, the reason why you keep that financial flexibility is when a rare opportunity like this comes along . . . there are only so many of these types of players on the entire planet. When you have that opportunity you try and go and get them. You maintain financial flexibility so in these types of cases you have that flexibility to go and strike, and this is a rare, rare, player."