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March 19, 2014

Belichick crushing it in free agency

All you “Patriots” types haven’t slept in days, wondering where Bob Kraft is going to find all this free-agent cash and if/how Bill Belichick can keep this New England football franchise from collapsing under salary-cap strain.

I ask: Why am I so content?

If Belichick found some crazy way to move all the way up the draft board on latch on to Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins in the top five, I just might convert to the “In Bill We Trust,” crowd.

OK, the Watkins thing is a pipe dream, but what Belichick did last week, reeling in a pair of proven, legit , large, physical corners in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner put this football team — one which was listing badly — right back into the hunt.

After all those bad corners drafted, all those smurfs, they again belong in the conversation with the elite clubs in the game.

Yesterday, via conference call, Browner and Revis met the New England media.

“It’s going to be fun,” promises Browner, the former Seahawk who will sit out the first four games of his Pats’ tenure on a league-imposed suspension. “There are a lot of other DBs up there. Very good football players, (Devin) McCourty is a good football player himself. Revis, he’s one of the guys I studied. He’s a really good technician, so to say. He always has a good base, good balance in his backpedal.

“So, it’ll be fun to play with someone like that. I always need someone to push me, sort of like what I had with Richard Sherman and those guys, what I had up there. We sort of pushed each other, day-in, day-out.”

Talk about music to a Pats’ fan’s ears. Revis brings an air of legitimacy by himself. But, with Browner, driven to prove he’s right there with the game’s best? Belichick must have a grin a mile wide.

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