|Darrelle Revis speaks out on Tom Brady: ‘Tom was there when they did stuff in the past’||05.20.15 at 6:56 pm ET|
But in an interview with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis took some thinly veiled shots at Brady and the Patriots in the wake of punishment handed down for their alleged role in Deflategate.
“Everybody’s blowing it up because it is Tom Brady,” Revis told the Daily News Wednesday. “I understand that. But if [the NFL] feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that. [The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that. Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.”
The remarks were the first from Revis since the punishment was levied by the National Football League.
Revis, according to Mehta, made it clear that he was unaware of any wrongdoing by Brady in his one season with the Patriots that ended with a Super Bowl title.
But Revis did hint that the franchise’s rule-breaking history, such as Spygate, likely played a role in this latest punishment.
“New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble,” Revis told Mehta. “When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do.”
|The greatest Jets draft video of all time||04.30.15 at 4:22 pm ET|
To paraphrase Jim Nantz, this video is a draft weekend tradition unlike any other — almost two minutes of Jets fans reacting to various draft picks. In truth, it’s one of the things we’ll miss the most about the draft not being in New York this year.
|Report: Resolution of Jets, Darrelle Revis tampering situation could come before draft Thursday||04.28.15 at 11:08 am ET|
According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, there could be a resolution to the Jets’ tampering with Darrelle Revis situation before the start of the draft Thursday.
The Patriots filed tampering charges against the Jets after owner Woody Johnson made comments about Revis while he was still under contract with the Patriots. Revis then went onto sign with the Jets on the first day of NFL free agency.
The Jets also filed tampering charges against the Patriots during the owners meetings when Robert Kraft spoke for the first time after Revis signed with the Jets.
It’s unclear what the potential penalty would be, and if draft picks were involved which year they would be taken away/switched.
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Now hearing there could be a resolution to the Jets/Patriots/Revis tampering situation before start of draft Thursday. #nyj
‘ Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 28, 2015
|Report: Stevan Ridley signs with Jets||04.08.15 at 7:41 pm ET|
Another former Patriot is headed to the Jets.
In a move not as earthshaking as Darrelle Revis, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report Wednesday night that free agent running back Stevan Ridley is signing with the Patriots’ AFC East division rival. Multiple reports indicate it’s a one-year deal with the Jets. Ridley is no guarantee to be the Jets’ feature back as he is coming off ACL and MCL tears in Buffalo in October. He only ran for 340 yards and two touchdowns in 2014.
Ridley made a big impact in his rookie season out of LSU in 2011, when he averaged 5.1 yards on 87 carries, playing in all 16 games. He fumbled in the season finale and again in a playoff win over the Broncos and was benched for the AFC championship and Super Bowl.
Ridley’s breakout season came in 2012, when he ran for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Ball security was again a problems as he fumbled four times and once in the AFC championship loss to the Ravens, in which he was knocked out with a concussion.
Ridley’s yards per carry fell to 4.3 yards in 2013 before bottoming out to 3.6 yards per carry this past season.
Ridley will battle Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell for playing time. According to Rapoport, Ridley had offers from the Redskins and Dolphins, among others. Rapoport says Ridley chose the Jets because he is joining an offense under new coordinator Chan Gailey.
|Darrelle Revis: Patriots’ offer ‘wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for’||03.25.15 at 7:09 pm ET|
Even though the Patriots didn’t pick up Darrelle Revis’ $20 million team option for 2015, the team still had a chance to sign him — just like every other team in the league — via free agency.
Ultimately the Patriots did make an offer to Revis, but it fell short of what he was looking for.
“Obviously I’m not going to speak to numbers,” Revis said on The Michael Kay Show in New York Wednesday. “But I had the option — the $20 million option — that they could’ve exercised and they didn’t. We tried to work on a deal, and the deal, we felt that it wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for. We moved on and they moved on too. Had a great conversation with Bill [Belichick], and we moved forward just like they did. That’s how you look at it.”
Revis ultimately signed with the Jets for five years and $70 million, with $39 million guaranteed. Some may say Revis only chose the Jets because of the money he was offered. He said it takes both sides to agree upon a deal.
“Contracts are contracts. We all know that, man,” said Revis. “Both sides have to agree on the deal and the numbers are the numbers. If a team doesn’t want to pay you money, they won’t pay you, they will give you a lesser deal. If they want to pay you, they will pay you. Everybody knows that. It’s not just one side. Contracts don’t get done one-sided. They get done with both sides agreeing to the terms.”
Playing for the Jets for the first six years of his career and then being traded to Tampa Bay in 2013, Revis said he was actually surprised the Jets would be interested in bringing him back for a second time. It was a place he wanted to return to, a place he calls “home.”
“I think at that point I was surprised,” Revis said. “It was a lot of back-and-forth with the tampering, what Mr. [Woody] Johnson said. There was just a lot of stuff going on at that time. In free agency they were one of the teams that called. The Jets were one of the teams that called. It was a bunch of teams. It was the Steelers, it was Cleveland, it was the Chiefs, it was the Packers, Baltimore — I mean, it was every team as well. Guys were willing to fly down and meet with me.
“The whole situation was like I said, it will always go back to that is where I got drafted. That is where I felt most comfortable. That is where I feel familiar with. I know a lot of people in the building and I felt like for me it was time to come home.”
|Report: Jets file tampering charges against Patriots for Robert Kraft’s Darrelle Revis comments Monday||03.24.15 at 8:56 pm ET|
The rivalry continues.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Jets have filed tampering charges against Robert Kraft and the Patriots based on the owner’s comments Monday about Darrelle Revis who is now a member of the Jets.
“We thought we made a very competitive offer,” Kraft told reporters while speaking at the NFL owners meetings. “I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots — we wanted to keep him. We wanted him in our system, and we have certain disciplines.
“We had hoped it worked out. It didn’t.”
The owner continued to say how he hated losing Revis, but trusts Bill Belichick to make the right decisions for the organization.
“As a fan, in March and April, I hate to lose [Revis],” Kraft told reporters Monday at the NFL owners meeting in Arizona. “But our real focus is what goes on in the fall and winter. I put my faith and respect with Bill [Belichick]. We have a lot of discussions, and he’s done pretty good the last 15 years. The fan in me argues all the time with him, but he has a pretty good record.”
Kraft was asked if he was talked out of matching the Jets offer by Belichick.
“No. I listen to what he says,” he said. “We discuss things thoroughly, but he has done a pretty good job. Once again, the emotion and fan in me, you want to keep all the good players and we have a salary cap. I know what it’s like when you lose a game in the fall and the winter, so the emotion of the spring has to have some discipline if you want to be good long-term. I think he’s proven to be a pretty good manager of our resources.”
This is likely in response to the Patriots filing tampering charges against the Jets for Woody Johnson‘s comments about Revis back in December.
Tampering rules prohibit: “[a]ny public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’s player to that player’s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media.”
Jets have filed tampering charges against Patriots based on Robert Kraft’s Monday comments about Darrelle Revis, per league source.
‘ ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 25, 2015
|Report: NFL investigating Jets for tampering with Darrelle Revis||03.13.15 at 3:04 pm ET|
Many have wondered if the NFL would investigate the Jets for their signing of Darrelle Revis this week and reportedly the answer is yes.
According to the Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, the NFL has sent investigators to the offices of “several teams,” including the Jets for possibly tampering this past week.
Cole said with the Jets the NFL is looking into seeing “if the Jets had prior contact with Darrelle Revis and his representatives” prior to the Patriots not picking up his option for 2015.
Prior to 4 p.m. on Tuesday Revis was property of the Patriots and could not talk with other teams. Revis and the Jets came to a deal at roughly 9 p.m. Tuesday night, five hours after Revis and his representatives could legally talk to the Jets.
It should also be noted the Patriots reportedly filed tampering charges against the Jets back in January following owner Woody Johnson‘s comments about wanting to bring Revis back to the Jets.
Earlier this week it was reported the NFL will investigate possible violations of the rules involving the recent three-day ‘legal tampering window’ that precedes free agency, particularly specifics of deals that were hammered out between players and teams during that time. Teams can meet with potential free agents during the window, but no agreements or contracts can be officially executed until the start of the new league year, which in this year’s case was Tuesday at 4 p.m.
In Revis’ case, he couldn’t even talk to any teams before Tuesday at 4 p.m. because he was property of the Patriots because he was not going to be a free agent.
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