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Patriots bring in two more for free-agent visits

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Patriots bring in two more for free-agent visits

Still no signings, but plenty of visits.

The Patriots, who reportedly brought defensive end Adrian Clayborn and running back Jeremy Hill in for free-agent visits today, had a couple of other visitors today:

Breaux, 28, who has the size (6-foot-1, 196 pounds) to cover bigger receivers, has an interesting back story. He signed as a recruit at LSU but never played there because of a broken neck suffered in a high school game in 2006. He served as a coach during his time at LSU, but, at the urging of his fiance, gave football another try by joining a semipro team in 2012. He later played in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League before signing as a free agent with the Saints in 2015. But he's missed most of the last two seasons because of a series of injuries (a fractured fibula, a shoulder problem and another fibula fracture that was misdiagnosed by team doctors, causing him to sit out all of 2017). With Malcolm Butler and Johnson Bademosi having left via free agency, the Pats -- even with the acquisition of Jason McCourty -- are in need of cornerbacks.

Tobin, 27, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Eagles in 2013 and spent four seasons in Philadelphia before being traded to Seattle in 2017. An offensive tackle -- another obvious need in New England -- has started 21 of the 57 games he's played in the NFL.

Kraft reportedly close to investing in Spanish soccer team

Kraft reportedly close to investing in Spanish soccer team

Will Patriots owner Robert Kraft soon match Red Sox principal owner John Henry by investing in a European soccer team of his own?

According to Spanish media reports, Kraft is close to buying a stake in the Spanish soccer club Sevilla of LaLiga. Spanish radio network COPE reports that the sale of a 40 percent share of the team to a "U.S investment group" could come this week.

More from the website SoccerEx:

Kraft, who is chairman and chief executive of the Kraft Group, is apparently leading this consortium, possibly through an investment company called 'Sevillistas Unidos 2020’.

The Patriots were valued at $3.7 billion - the second-most valuable NFL franchise behind the Dallas Cowboys - in the latest Forbes ranking of world sports franchises. European soccer teams hold three of the top five spots.

In 2005, Kraft considered purchasing English Premier League team Liverpool FC, which was purchased by Henry's group in 2010.

The Kraft group also own the New England Revolution of MLS and the Boston esports franchise in the Overwatch League.

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Revis votes himself off the island, retires after 11 seasons

Revis votes himself off the island, retires after 11 seasons

After 11 seasons, Revis Island is officially closed.

Former Patriot cornerback Darrelle Revis announced his retirement from the NFL via Instagram on Wednesday, ending his career after 11 years with four teams, including two stints totaling eight seasons with the New York Jets.

"It has truly been an honor to showcase one of my greatest gifts to the world,” Revis wrote. “Today I am closing a chapter of my life that I once dreamed as a kid and I am officially retiring from the National Football League."

Revis, who turned 33 July 14, was a key member of New England’s Super Bowl XLIX winning team that beat the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. Last season, he appeared in six games for the Kansas City Chiefs, including the playoffs, before being released in February.

After being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March 2014, Revis signed a one-year deal worth $12 million to play in New England and earned first-team All-Pro honors in his only season in Foxboro. He then signed a five-year, $70 million contract to return to the Jets in March 2015.

Here's the Jets' statement on Revis' retirement:

While he won his lone championship in a Patriots uniform, Revis found most of his individual success playing for the Jets, who drafted the corner 14th overall out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.

A seven-time Pro Bowl and four-time first-team All-Pro selection, Revis’ ability to shut down opponents top receivers one-on-one earned him the “Revis Island” moniker.

Widely considered one of the greatest cornerbacks in NFL history, Revis finished his career with 29 interceptions, tied for 225th all-time, a testament to how much quarterbacks avoided throwing near him. 

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