Patriots lose two big names but target officially becomes available

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We are less than 24 hours away from the official start of the new NFL year with the free agency market opening at 4 p.m Eastern time on Tuesday.

There have already been some big deals announced that can't be confirmed until the market opens tomorrow.

Ndamukong Suh will reportedly become the highest paid defensive player in the league with the Miami Dolphins while the San Francisco 49ers appear to be the biggest losers early on.

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Jeremy Maclin, Frank Gore and Byron Maxwell are all reportedly set to sign deals tomorrow with new teams ahead of the 2015 season.

The Super Bowl winning New England Patriots knew they were in for a tough off-season due to the high number of big names set to hit the market, but today the team took several big steps.

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Perhaps the biggest step taken was the announcement that the Patriots have declined star cornerback Darrelle Revis' $20 million option.

Revis could very well remain a Patriots player but he and the team will have to negotiate a new deal and he will definitely hit free agency.

The Patriots other starting cornerback from last year, Brandon Browner, has also been informed he can listen to other offers as free agency looms.

Of the two, Revis was more impressive last year as Browner's constant penalties did cost the team at important times.

The Patriots have only made one positive move so far since winning the Super Bowl just over a month ago and that is ensuring the services of safety Devin McCourty.

McCourty was set to hit free agency but the Patriots and McCourty came to an arrangement meaning that he will be going nowhere. 

Revis, runningback Steven Ridley and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork are all set to hit the open market tomorrow and Patriots fans may be hoping for a miracle if the core of their team is to stay intact.

Andre to lend a hand?

Whilst the Patriots were busy securing the services of McCourty, the Houston Texans officially released seven time pro bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson.

Johnson has been reportedly a target of Belichick who would like to improve his receiving core beyond Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

Prioritising the signature of Johnson over players like Revis and Wilfork could anger the Patriots nation but they have faith in their head coach and general manager and surely the Patriots will find the tools they need to battle at the highest level once again next year.

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