In response to CatfishHunter's comment:
Trying to be fair to the Pats, I think it's very difficult to juggle everything in a very compressed time frame with so much uncertainty everywhere.
Would they have know to a certainty that Revis would be released by the Bucs and join the team?
Until the deadline was reached, any conversation with AJ or LJ would have been a hypothetical, presumably with no signing unless VW restructured or turned them down.
How seriously would AJ or LJ take such a conversation?
Like you, I am highly frustrated with years of putting too much stock UDFAs and day 3 FAs, but this process is not all linear.
Not fully true. They had a month to talk with Wilfork and 5 days of legal tampering to talk with AJ and LJ. Much like the Welker Amendola situation if they felt things were going south quickly they could of made a deal with the other two. I understand it's complex but the Pats seem to have handled it in the past and I'm sure they will handle it in the future I think they just dropped the ball on this one.