|Jets’ tampering with Darrelle Revis in 2015 reportedly more severe than NFL led on||02.20.17 at 1:59 pm ET|
Remember when the Jets were fined $100,000 in 2015 for tampering with Darrelle Revis before he signed with them right when free agency began?
Well, the Jets reportedly did more than just have Woody Johnson say he wanted him back during a December press conference.
In a piece published in the New York Daily News on Monday, columnist Manish Mehta revealed things went much deeper than that.
According to Mehta, the Jets communicated with Revis, Inc. through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 scouting combine rather than make calls from the team’s landlines at their Florham Park facility, and Johnson knew all about it.
All this came immediately after Revis won a Super Bowl with the Patriots.
Revis eventually signed a five-year $70 million deal with the Jets as soon as free agency opened, but after the events of last week and the cornerback’s poor play this past season, the contract is looking like a mistake.
But, with everything that happened leading up to the signing it’s looking like just a case of bad karma going the Jets’ way.
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|Here is the latest with Darrelle Revis in bizarre case||02.18.17 at 10:45 am ET|
It’s been a strange past few days for Darrelle Revis.
The Jets cornerback officially turned himself into police on Friday night in Pittsburgh. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy. He’s also been charged with making terroristic threats, which is a misdemeanor.
ESPN reports he has been released on non-monetary bond and his next court date will be Thursday. He was ordered to appear at all hearings and told not to have any contact with the alleged victims and witnesses, even on social media. He also has 72 hours to turn in his passport.
According to the police report, early Monday morning Pittsburgh police officers found two men unconscious after an incident with Revis. Those men told officers they had a verbal altercation with Revis, but didn’t know who had punched them. Revis threw a cellphone belonging to one of the men into the street, but police saw the video afterwards and that was when Revis was charged.
Revis’ attorney Blaine Jones told ESPN he believes Revis has a “very good case.” He described his client as serious, somber and “ready to answer charges.”
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|Discarding Darrelle Revis was one of Bill Belichick’s best moves||02.17.17 at 4:14 pm ET|
Two years ago, talking heads across the sports radio dial lambasted Bill Belichick for allowing Darrelle Revis to sign with the Jets in free agency. But now, all of the rage seems foolish. Letting Revis walk was one of the best decisions Belichick has ever made.
The latest lowlight for Revis came last weekend, when he may have knocked out two men during an early morning fight in Pittsburgh. According to police, the now-washed up cornerback had an altercation with two men who recognized him and approached him at 2:43 a.m. Sunday. One of them took out a cell phone and started recording Revis, who took the device and threw it onto the street. An unidentified male then came to Revis’ aid. The 22-year-old and 21-year-old victims say they were knocked unconscious shortly thereafter. Their story is corroborated by witnesses.
Revis, 31, is facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault. His attorney, Blaine Jones, told the NFL Network Thursday Revis wasn’t the aggressor.
Long before last Sunday’s scuffle, Belichick’s decision to discard Revis was vindicated. Some say that happened the moment the Jets signed the veteran corner to a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million guaranteed –– an obscene contract the Patriots would’ve never forked over.
After showing some signs of regression in 2015, Revis became a liability last season. It started Week 1, when Bengals wideout A.J. Green burned him for 12 catches and 180 yards. His performance didn’t get any better from there. The following week, he was torched by little-known Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for an 84-yard touchdown pass in prime time on Thursday Night Football. On and on it went.
Tyrod goes DEEEEEEEP.@flashg88dwin beats Revis for an 84 yard TD!
— NFL (@NFL) September 16, 2016
During his lone season with the Patriots, Revis was a lockdown No. 1 corner. Quarterbacks who targeted him in 2014 were 33 of 76 (43.4%) for 523 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 53.8 rating. That stellar play is a big reason why the Patriots steamrolled their competition in the second half of the year and won Super Bowl XLIX.
Letting Revis leave that offseason was bold, especially because the Patriots replaced him with Malcolm Butler. The undrafted rookie made the game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX, but was still relatively untested. But now, two years later, he’s one of the best cornerbacks in the game. Revis, meanwhile, was picked apart all season long in 2016. Quarterbacks who targeted him last season posted a passer-rating north of 100.
For the price of $600,000, Butler vastly outperformed Revis and his $17 million base salary. Beat writers are now calling for the Jets to cut Revis outright, and eat the $6 million they still owe him.
The way Belichick played the Revis situation is a reminder the Patriots’ dynasty is about more than Tom Brady. That kind of deft personnel management –– signing Revis to an one-year, $12 million deal with $20 million team option so he could rebuild his value –– is a big reason why the Patriots have been able to stay on top for 15 years.
Belichick preaches the importance of value. The way he handled Revis embodies his brilliant team building philosophy.
|Reports: Darrelle Revis involved in fight in Pittsburgh, may have knocked two men out cold||02.16.17 at 6:51 pm ET|
Former Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis may have lost a step for the Jets last season, but apparently he is still not to be messed with off the field.
According to Pittsburgh TV station WTAE, Revis is being investigated about weekend altercation and could face felony charges.
According to WTAE, a police officer saw Revis talking to two men on Pittsburgh’s trendy South Side. When the officer returned, the two men were unconscious.
One of them reportedly shot a cellphone video of the altercation, which Revis attempted to delete.
Revis’s attorney, Blaine Jones, told WTAE that Revis was a victim.
“Mr. Revis came home to Pittsburgh this past weekend to visit family and friends. During that time, Mr. Revis went by a location in the South Side that he is in the process of developing,” Jones said in the email. “Mr. Revis was physically assaulted while at that location by a group of at least five people. Mr. Revis feared for his safety and retreated from the aggressors.”
[UPDATE 7:30 p.m.]: Pittsburgh police have released a statement saying charges are pending against Revis. Those include: include robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault.
According to the statement, police found a 21-year old man and a 22-year old man unconscious around 2:40 a.m. last Sunday morning and after reviewing cellphone video police confirmed that Revis had an altercation with those men on the sidewalk. The police statement said those men remember encountering Revis and having a verbal argument but woke up after being punched.
|Darrelle Revis: I’m one of the best players in Jets history, do they want to treat my situation with class?||12.30.16 at 10:18 am ET|
FOXBORO — Will Darrelle Revis retire a Jet?
The 31-year-old has had his worst season as a professional and he’s under contract through 2019. He’s due to make $13 million next year, so there’s a chance the Jets could cut him.
Revis said he wants to retire a Jet, the team that drafted him in 2007.
“Would I love to be here? Yes,” Revis said to the New York Post. “Will I be back? That’s a great question. My thing would be this: Do the New York Jets want to treat my situation with class or no class? With me being one of the best players in the history of this franchise, do they want me to retire here or not retire here?
“That’s the biggest question. It’s black and white. It’s not very complicated.”
The cornerback certainly doesn’t lack confidence.
“I’ve been one of the best cornerbacks to ever play this game,” Revis said. “I’ve done a lot of things in this league that a lot of guys currently playing are chasing now. I’ve impacted the game in a way where it was like, ‘Hey, he doesn’t give up any catches to the No. 1 [receiver].’ I set a precedent.
“So, I’ve done enough. Obviously, everybody’s a little bit concerned because that’s not what I’m displaying anymore. I can’t stay 24 [years old] forever. Every player ages in this game. You’ve got to understand that. Now, can I still play? Yes, I can still play. This game is a love for me. It’s like a girlfriend. And we’ve been dating for a long time — many years. She’s been great to me and I appreciate it. I love my girlfriend.”
Despite his poor play this season, he doesn’t believe his legacy will be impacted.
“I can still play this game at a high level,” Revis said. “I’m going to be there until I’m told I’m not going to be here. Whatever the situation is in the offseason, it’ll get handled the way it’s supposed to. It depends on how they want to handle it.”
|Darrelle Revis confidant: ‘He doesn’t want to play anymore’||11.30.16 at 9:31 pm ET|
Darrelle Revis not only didn’t look like himself on Sunday against the Patriots, but hasn’t looked himself all year.
Well, maybe there is a reason why.
“He’s done,” a Revis confidant told Manish Mehta of the Daily News. “If he had his way, he’d be done right now. He doesn’t want to play anymore. He’s made a lot of money.”
“He tanked it.” the confidant added.
Revis wasn’t great Sunday against Tom Brady and the Patriots as he allowed both of Brady’s touchdown passes.
After the game, Revis said he was surprised how much the Patriots went after him.
“This time he attacked me a little bit more than I expected, but at the same time it’s football. He has to execute and I have to execute better on my end,” the cornerback said.
After the 2014 Super Bowl-winning season with the Patriots, Revis signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Jets.
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|Patriots players seem to be making excuses for Darrelle Revis’ poor play||11.28.16 at 2:41 pm ET|
It looks like a few Patriots players are doing Darrelle Revis a favor following the Patriots’ 22-17 win over the Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Revis’ poor season continued against the Patriots when he was in coverage on both of Tom Brady’s touchdown passes — both going to rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.
The second one came with less than two minutes to play in the game and proved to be the game-winning score with the Patriots trailing by one at the time.
Brady didn’t pick on Revis all game, but did say it appeared Revis was played banged up.
“He’s still very competitive out there,” Brady said on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning. “I think he’s still — when I watched the film after the game — he’s still close on a lot of plays. We made some good throws and catches on him. I thought the one that Julian made late in the game was really critical. We were second-and-10, backed up, we needed to go down and score points. Jules did a good job separating from him.”
Added Brady: “I know he’s not feeling great. I could see after the game, he winced a few times getting up. It looked like his leg was bothering him a little bit. But he’s still very close on a lot of those plays. Even though you’re hitting them, he’s still very competitive. He’s been one of the great players in the league for a long time. He’s given up more plays this year than in the past, but you’ve gotta have a lot of respect for his style and his game.”
Julian Edelman also had a productive day, as he was matched up across from Revis on a few plays. Edelman finished with eight catches for 83 yards, but he too didn’t throw Revis under the bus.
“You could definitely see he’s still a great player, don’t get me wrong,” Edelman said on OM&F. “He’s still instinctive, he knows the game of football and he still makes it tough for you. Has he lost a step or two? I don’t know, maybe. There’s nothing but respect for a guy like him who has played as long as he has at such a high level. His standards are so much higher than everyone and he goes down and plays like a corner, a solid corner, everyone is looking down on him.
“I’m not trying to defend him or anything, but playing with him and having him as a friend, you just see that it’s tougher over there now probably with how things are going. He just didn’t have that last burst, but you still respected him and realize if you get sloppy with the route he can still take advantage of you.”
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