Speaking at the AFC coaches breakfast at the annual meetings, Belichick didn’t sound “super excited” like owner Robert Kraft did on Monday when talking about the free agent haul, but was upbeat when speaking about the pickup of Revis.
“I think he’ll help our team,” Belichick said of Revis, who was signed as a free agent earlier this month. “He’s a good player (who) does a lot of things well. We’re looking forward to working with him.”
Belichick acknowledged that Revis was a traditional free agent pickup, saying that the Patriots believed the veteran cornerback was a “potential release,” but they weren’t 100 percent sure until Tampa Bay officially cut him loose.
“We try to keep tabs on all the players — we know the ones that are potentially (unrestricted free agents) going into the process, we know guys that are potentially non-tendered players,” Belichick said. “Some of those guys get signed back, some of them get tendered, some guys we think are gonna get tendered don’t get tendered — there’s a little bit of movement there at the end and then some players get released.
“We thought he was a potential release, but we didn’t know that. They could’ve kept him, but they didn’t, so when they didn’t, that’s the process,” he added. “You never know exactly how free agency is going to go — there’s always twists and turns.
“Darrelle is a good player. We’ll see how it comes together with us, what his role is and how exactly he fits in our scheme and so forth,” Belichick added. “We’ll just have to see how that comes together.”
Belichick also touched on the acquisition of free agents Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell.
“He was a productive player in Carolina (and) had some skills that we liked when he was coming out of LSU. We’ll see how it goes,” Belichick said of LaFell. “Obviously, (we) felt he was a good player and that’s why we signed him.”
On Browner: “Rare size for a corner. … Obviously, there’s a lot of things that we liked about it or we wouldn’t have signed him. It’s the same thing when we draft a player — we have to work with him, have them put it together and see how it comes together with that player on our team. But that’s a process we have to go through. Obviously, there’s things we liked, or we wouldn’t have signed him.”
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