FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It’s still early, but cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are both enjoying their new starts with the New England Patriots.
“Last year it was a tough year when I played in Tampa Bay,” said Revis, who signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the Patriots, with a $20 million team option for a second year. “It was tough, coming off the ACL and everything, so it was a long year, for me, personally just trying to recover.
“Now, I’m ready to go and I’m just trying to sit here and absorb everything in, just trying to enjoy my time and get ready for the season,” Revis added Friday, the third day of the Patriots’ organized team activities.
Browner didn’t have a long year in Seattle — not in terms of games played, anyway. He was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in December for what was termed multiple violations of the league’s drug policy. That caused him to miss the Seahawks’ late regular season and playoff games and their run to winning the Super Bowl.
He gets a ring and even visited the White House with the team. Now, he’ll sit out the first four games under the remaining suspension as he starts a three-year, $12.35 million contract with his new team.
“It’s fun to be back out here,” Browner said. “My situation last year was unfortunate. I’m happy to be out here.”
Revis is in New England to anchor what previously had been a maligned defensive backfield. The secondary was clearly better last year when Aqib Talib was on the field. Now, Talib is in Denver, and Revis is the top guy on his third team in three years; he also was with the Jets before being traded to Tampa Bay.