Darrelle Revis is once again a member of the New York Jets.. The contract is anticipated to be 5 years, 70 million dollars with 39 million guaranteed, with 48 million over the first 3 years. Here is a quick roundtable reaction from our staff…
Joe Caporoso – The Jets paid the rumored number and a number that New England would not meet in what was truly a two team race. This is a deal Woody Johnson has been driving for since the season ended and a deal that new GM Mike Maccagnan was able to deliver on, only days after trading for Brandon Marshall, bringing David Harris back and adding another starting caliber corner in Buster Skrine. The Jets still have the flexibility to make more moves and to pay defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson long term.This was a needed win on and off the field for the Jets. They obviously needed him on the field, particularly with the style of defense Todd Bowles is likely to play. However, they needed a PR win/relevancy shot in the arm after an ugly four years of non-playoff football. Revis will immediately become the face of the franchise, make the new regime immensely popular with the fanbase and add needed juice around this team. He also weakens a division rival, who will now have to go about replacing their two starting corners from last year.
This is not crippling the Jets financially and gives them a third elite defensive talent on their unit (alongside Sheldon Richardson and Wilkerson). The work is not done this off-season but the Jets have become a much better football team in the past week.
Connor Rogers – The Jets bring back the best shutdown cornerback in football on a very solid deal. While many have overreacted to the contract, Revis is worth every penny. Not to mention, the salary cap could climb well over $170 million by the time that deal is coming to a close.
Looking at the big picture, the Jets got the best possible cog to run Todd Bowles’ defense. New general manager Mike Maccagnan is setting his head coach up for success, which that alone should excite the fan base. Rebuild? What rebuild? The Jets want to win now and (finally) shut the window on the New England Patriots sooner rather than never. Stealing Revis back was the quickest route to start that journey.Cole Patterson – Trading Darrelle Revis following the 2012 season hurt. Bad. At the time, given his injury and contract demands, it seemed like a necessary evil. Now, Jets fans no longer need to justify the situation. Welcome #24 back Jets Nation. He may be a mercenary but he is a game changing one. He immediately allows Bowles to run the defense he wants and will improve the play of the many Jets defensive cornerstones.
This was a deal the Jets could afford to make. They have the cap room to afford the reported $48 mil in the first 3 years of a five year, $70 million contract. It will be at LEAST five years (based on rookie contract regulation) before the Jets have to pay a quarterback that kind of money. Why not play the next most game changing player on the market at a position of need? Good move all around. Welcome home Darrelle.
Dalbin Osorio – Stunned. That was my reaction upon hearing the news. Revis comes home, and the Jets have now changed the expectation of what this season could be. When Revis was here, he didn’t have the monsters up front that he has now. He didn’t have the potential cornerback depth that he had then. He didn’t have the wide receivers that he has now. Once again though? It falls on a QB. A young and erratic QB that needs to pull it together in order for Revis to win here. He was one win away twice, and now he’s back to finish the job. He took the most money, but he didn’t have to: he could’ve easily gone back to New England and tried to defend his Super Bowl title. Instead, he comes home. And he comes home still needing his QB to lead the way.
Joe Malfa – There’s not much I can say that wouldn’t just repeat what everyone else has said. It hurt to see him traded and it hurt to see him win a Super Bowl with the pats, but that’s all in the past now — he’s back where he belongs. The return of the island transforms a good defense into an elite defense, and this team is now only a competent quarterback away from being a serious contender in the AFC.TJ Rosenthal – Revis is to the Jets what Lebron is to the Cavs. Credibility just by his play and presence alone. His leaving the first time hurt. His going to New England was for many of us an unthinkable torture. The price tag is high, but knowing he’s back for years to continue shutting top recievers at a high level provides a comfort and security that no other player on the market or in the upcoming draft could. Except for some franchise quarterback. Assuming there is even one available to grab this year. The key is not to stop at here though. Keep rolling Mike Macagnan. What a great first day.
Dan Marcus – Talk about a rush of conflicting thoughts and emotions on one hand the re-signing of Darrelle Revis signifies the return of a once-beloved, homegrown Jet who emerged as a “once in a generation” talent while with the team. So naturally you remember all of the good times, the big plays, the playoff wins, sealing the game against the Cowboys on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, etc. On the other hand, you remember the antics of Revis the business man, the “hired gun” in every sense of the word, who had the confidence and foresight to bet on himself since the moment he walked into this league. If you’ll recall he was holding out for more money even before he ever took his first NFL snap, before “Revis Island” ever became part of the football lexicon, and before the Jets made him the highest-paid Cornerback in NFL history.
On one hand of course you can’t help but be excited to have arguably the best Cornerback in the NFL back in Green and White but on the other hand you can’t help but remember the fact that he had no allegiances or sense of loyalty in his quest for every last dollar. Again, I can see both sides because there is definitely no loyalty among organizations to players once they have gotten every last ounce of talent they can out of a player so why should a player with a unique and coveted skill-set be expected to have any sense of loyalty. However, I think the way he has gone about is off-putting to say the least and it’ll be tough to scrub the images of him holding up the Lombardi Trophy in a Patriots uniform from my memory. Needless to say, I personally have some mixed emotions here but I guess the bright side is that unless Revis is immune to the aging process us normal human beings experience, it is highly likely that this is his last big contract and as such will not be holding out (hopefully) for the remainder of his team in a Jets’ uniform.
From an immediate football standpoint, this signing has all the hallmarks of a “win-now” move and it definitely gives the Jets’ defense the potential to be one of the best in the league and potentially in the history of the franchise. That said, attempting to buy a window now seems misguided especially when you consider the fact that the most important position on the field is unsettled to say the least. Unless something unforeseen or dramatic happens, the Jets’ fate will ultimately rest on the shoulders of a journeyman Quarterback with no playoff experience or Geno Smith, your classic “rock and a hard place” scenario. Obviously this move as well as the Marshall and Harris moves make the Jets better and more competitive in the short-term but as history has shown, it is awfully tough to get to that next level trying to win in spite of your Quarterback.
Of course, adding the best Cornerback in football makes this defense a force to be reckoned with but are we repeating the same mistakes in investing so much money into one (albeit important) position. Maybe we get lucky like the Seahawks did and have a Russell Wilson fall into our laps as we build a championship defense, while adding some formidable weapons on the offensive side of the ball, who knows? Despite all of the excitement and the hooplah, the jury is very much still out on this signing but I guess we have three years to find out for ourselves.