There has been much speculation as to whether cornerback Darrelle Revis would have signed the same six-year, $96 million, pay-as-you-go deal with the Jets that he signed in Tampa.
A source close to Revis tells PFT that the player would have taken that deal, despite the much-hyped absence of state income taxes in Florida. (Just don’t buy property there.)
Revis will likely be asked that question today, possibly multiple times. His press conference begins at 12:00 p.m. ET, and he’ll be doing multiple media interviews thereafter.
Regardless of what he or anyone close to him now says, it’s impossible to know whether Revis really would have taken the deal because it never was offered. And it’s possible that the Revis camp simply wants to twist the knife a little bit more regarding the perception that Jets owner Woody Johnson doesn’t want to invest the money necessary to win.
More importantly, Johnson never would have agreed to a year-to-year deal like the one Revis signed in Tampa because it invites an eventual effort to get more money, and it contains no protection against a holdout. (The deal Revis signed with the Jets in 2010 had three phony years attached to the back end that became real years only if he held out at any point through 2013.)
So maybe Revis would have taken that deal in New York. But Johnson never would have put it on the table.
The fact that Johnson never put anything on the table proves that, regardless of his reasoning, Johnson was ready to move on from Revis.