|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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|Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole on MFB: ‘A little bit surprised’ Patriots didn’t stay in bidding for Darrelle Revis||at 12:04 pm ET|
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole joined Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss a recent article he wrote on Darrelle Revis signing with the Jets. To hear the interview, go to the Middays with MFB audio on demand page.
In his report on the signing, Cole detailed the events leading up to Revis’ decision to sign with New York for five years and $70 million.
“I was a little bit surprised that the Patriots didn’t stay in the bidding a little bit more aggressively,” Cole said. “But I also understand their philosophy, which is not to let a single guy get way out of whack with the rest of the salary cap and way out of whack with the rest of the locker room.”
Added Cole: “At the same time, there are certain times, I think, in the progression of a team where you say, ‘Look, you have to pay for a certain guy.’ … Sometimes you have to have that certain component to make your team work, and this is where I might disagree with [Bill] Belichick.”
After reportedly receiving offers from more than a dozen teams including New England, Revis decided to take more money than the Pats were offering to return to New York.
“If [the offers] were equal, I think he would have played for the Patriots,” Cole said. “I really do believe that. I believe that if you’re telling him, ‘I have a chance to play for the same money for a team that has a chance to win a championship every year, have that franchise quarterback,’ then he’s going to do that.”
If Belichick decided to match New York’s offer, it is possible that the Jets would continue to up their offer to make sure they kept the best deal on the table.
“I don’t know. I think that they’re desperate enough that they realize they need a star that probably yes,” Cole said on whether the Jets would better whatever the Pats put on the table. “But I don’t think it ever got to the point, based on what I know, that they were told you need to keep going.”
In his story, Cole reported that, among the other teams bidding for Revis were Pittsburgh, where he grew up, and Green Bay.
“There’s a certain sense to me that Revis gets the bigger picture,” Cole said. “Which is, ‘I’m willing to entertain all the different ideas here.’ … I got the feeling that any of those [teams] would have worked, but, yeah, the money has to be right too. It’s not just playing football; this is a job, this is the way you make money.”
Added Cole: “Playing on a championship team doesn’t mean you should sacrifice 6, 7, 8, 9 million dollars.”
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|New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta on D&C: Jets getting Darrelle Revis wasn’t all about money||03.11.15 at 9:57 am ET|
New York Daily News Jets columnist Manish Mehta joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning to talk about Darrelle Revis‘ return to New York and the state of the Jets overall. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
For Jets fans, getting Revis back is the biggest bright spot they’ve had in a while. Mehta noted that they probably haven’t been happier since 2010, when the Jets were in the AFC championship game.
“It’s a pretty positive outlook so far for this new Jet regime. They’ve done a lot of good things, at least on paper, for this first part of free agency,” he said. “And obviously getting Darrelle Revis is at the top of that list.”
And while acquiring the star cornerback certainly makes the team better, the primary need for New York undeniably is the quarterback position. Mehta said, though, that after QB, the biggest roster issue that needed to be addressed was in the defensive secondary. Revis definitely helps solve that problem.
“They didn’t have any cornerbacks of any consequence,” Mehta said. “And the guy that they were hoping would take the next step in Dee Milliner suffered a season-ending injury. They let Darrelle Revis go a couple years ago, they let Antonio Cromartie walk last year, and it was glaring and Rex Ryan had to alter a lot of things schematically to try and cover up for the holes that they had in that secondary.
“Darrelle Revis is still obviously an elite player at a position of need, and I think he’s got a lot of good, quality play left in him at least for the next two to three years,” he added.
The Patriots and Jets were the two biggest parties jockeying for Revis on their rosters, and while the Pats didn’t have all the money in the world to throw at the cornerback, their rival had much more pliability in terms of finance. That doesn’t mean the Jets were willing to go overboard, Mehta said, but it affected the outcome for sure.
“They spent a pretty good amount of money here,” he said. “We’re talking about essentially 39 fully guaranteed million dollars that he’s going to get, and I don’t think they would have spent [$]20 million a year as opposed to [$]16 million a year, but I think everybody involved knew that the Patriots were not going to be able to get to where the Jets could get because of the financial flexibility that the Jets had.
“So I know the Jets were very confident going into free agency that they would have a very good chance of getting Darrelle Revis because they knew what the target number would be for Revis, and they knew they could pay it, and it’s no surprise that the Patriots had a number that wasn’t anywhere close to what Darrelle Revis signed for, so if you were a betting man yesterday when you woke up, you probably should have bet on the Jets to get Revis.”
|Adam Schefter on D&C: Patriots will show interest in Andre Johnson||03.10.15 at 9:25 am ET|
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan with Glenn Ordway in for John Dennis Tuesday morning to talk about NFL free agency, which gets officially underway Tuesday at 4 p.m., and to also discuss what he thinks will happen with a few Patriots players. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The big story with the Patriots is Darrelle Revis and will he return to New England, but there are also other players with the team and in the league that will be available. One of those players is former Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who was released by the Texans on Monday. Schefter said the Patriots will be one of the teams interested in Johnson.
“I believe they will be one of the teams in there,” Schefter said. “I don’t know exactly whether he will choose there. I think he wants to play for a Super Bowl contender, he wants to play on a team with a quarterback. You look at the final four teams last year. New England, Indy, Green Bay, Seattle — that would be a smart starting point.”
When it comes to Revis, Schefter reported Monday the Patriots will not pick up his $20 million option for 2015, thus making him a free agent come Tuesday afternoon. The Patriots can still sign him long-term before then, and Schefter says the Patriots chances go down if they cannot re-sign him by Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Schefter still remains confident it will come down to the Patriots and Jets — he doesn’t believe there will be a mystery team. He also said the Patriots’ attention shifted right to Revis after agreeing to a new deal with Devin McCourty on Sunday night.
“Here is the window to get Darrelle Revis re-signed. If he is going to come back to New England, to me, the chances are greater that he would do it by 4 p.m EST,” said Schefter. “If 4 p.m. EST comes and he is not a member of the Patriots, I think the percentages that he comes back to New England drop some. I don’t know how you quantify that.
“The Patrots are going to come at him with a compelling offer. They are not going to tip toe around this. They are going to say, ‘Darrelle, here is the best we can do, we can do this.’ If that is enough to interest him and he wants to be there, you would think he’d take that, right?”
If Revis does sign with the Jets, Schefter said they will be overpaying.
“It depends, is he going back to New England, or is he going to the Jets. If he goes to New England it will be less, if he goes to the Jets it will be more. That is my guess,” said Schefter. “The Jets are going to have to overpay to get him there and my guess is they know that — they are smart enough to figure that out that they aren’t getting him at the same price the New England Patriots would have to pay, and then the question becomes what will they offer and is it so much more than the Patriots are offering that it is enough to entice Darrelle Revis.”
Here are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.