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Todd Bowles: Arrest wasn’t reason we cut Darrelle Revis

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The Jets released cornerback Darrelle Revis this week in a move that coach Todd Bowles said was about football and business considerations rather than a response to his arrest after an incident in Pittsburgh last month.

Bowles said news of the arrest was “shocking” because of what he knows of Revis, but answered “not at all” when asked if the arrest and charges impacted the team’s decision to move on without the veteran corner.

The decision, per Bowles, came down to Revis having a rough season in 2016 and the fact that Revis was set to make $15 million for the 2017 season. The coach acknowledged there was some talk about moving Revis to safety, but that they ultimately decided to move on without him.

“Obviously, the business side of it … had a lot to do with it as well,” Bowles said, via ESPN.com. “Trying to move a guy and project a guy from corner to safety at that kind of salary is kind of tough.”

Revis and center Nick Mangold headline a series of recent veteran cuts by the Jets that will both create room under the salary cap and leave the Jets on track to be a young team for the 2017 season. That might worry some coaches as they enter their third year without making the playoffs in the first two, but Bowles said Thursday that he’s “not afraid of the unknown.”

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28 Responses to “Todd Bowles: Arrest wasn’t reason we cut Darrelle Revis”
  1. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 2, 2017 9:48 AM

    “That might worry some coaches as they enter their third year without making the playoffs in the first two”

    Not really. He is either going to pull it off with a young team he builds or he is not. He wasnt going to make it with the old one. This way at least he can make or break his future with a team of his own doing.

  2. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 2, 2017 9:54 AM

    We figured TB, Gilligan’s Island just isn’t as good as of late.

  3. byHim4u says: Mar 2, 2017 9:57 AM

    Well, if Revis’s arrest wasn’t the ‘reason’ they cut him, it certainly made things easier in deciding which route they should run (pun intended).

  4. streetyson says: Mar 2, 2017 10:01 AM

    Don’t worry, we’ve seen this before: Revis will classlessly talk trash about your team and then send his mom to collect his things, and Fraudger won’t investigate The Woody for the Jets’ extensive further tampering that occurred AFTER the initial tampering that got Woody fined.

  5. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:03 AM

    Gotta believe the JETS and the WHOLE NFL..it’s all about the money and the lack of performance……Revis has made millions from the NFL….don’t feel sorry for him…he’ll do just fine…

  6. kenberthiaume says: Mar 2, 2017 10:04 AM

    his legacy will be that he was money hungry, bit the hand that gave him a ring and then quit when he got his final paycheck.

  7. jag1959 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:05 AM

    It probably wasn’t a leading factor but it probably wasn’t ignored. Maybe it was reason number 15,000,001

  8. blkandgld4eva says: Mar 2, 2017 10:10 AM

    They were going to cut him regardless, but that incident made their decision a no-brainer even for the fans wearing the green and white shades.

  9. QB Film Room says: Mar 2, 2017 10:10 AM

    Bowles with the Honest Answer! Its true… Got em…

  10. nyneal says: Mar 2, 2017 10:11 AM

    Bowles graduated from the Henry Kissinger School Of Monotone Speaking. So did Bill Belichick, by the way.
    Bowles says he’s not afraid of the unknown. He doesn’t have to be. Because everyone knows the Jets are not only a lousy team, they are an old lousy team.
    So — there is no unknown, other than when he will be fired so their inept owner can hire someone else he can fire.
    As for Revis, if anyone pays him more than the league minimum after what he showed last year, they should go have a beer with Johnny Manziel.

  11. alan226 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:12 AM

    Well played Mr Revis. Grab 14 mil and a ring from the Pats, grab like 30 mil for 2 years from the Jets and become a free agent. Now you just have to fins a sucker to sign a big contract with after you “recommitted” yourself to football. Of course, this is after you admitted you were slower and not in great shape.

    Well played…

  12. nite2al says: Mar 2, 2017 10:13 AM

    I believe him, but that arrest sure made it a lot more easier to cut him! Oh, and AJ Green.

  13. kneedragr says: Mar 2, 2017 10:19 AM

    I will never understand why a guy worth 10’s of millions of dollars is out wandering around the streets at 2AM knocking out anonymous idiots. I mean really, with all that cash to do whatever you wanted with for the rest of your life, thats how you chose to spend your time?

  14. cueghost says: Mar 2, 2017 10:21 AM

    He couldn’t cover a baby with a blanket last year!! He’s without question done as a shut down corner… Maybe he could still be useful, but it’ll be for peanuts compared to what he is used to seeing on his checks.

  15. footballboozer says: Mar 2, 2017 10:29 AM

    Love it, the New Jersey Jets are a total joke!!!!

    #EPICFAIL

  16. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 2, 2017 10:34 AM

    Probably the best corner of the decade but bouncing around near the end of a career can tarnish a legacy.

    See Reed, Moss, Rice

  17. qbarrel says: Mar 2, 2017 10:37 AM

    Translation “we’re happy to keep someone with a felony assault on the roster as long as he can produce”

  18. sportschatterdotco says: Mar 2, 2017 10:57 AM

    kneedragr says:
    Mar 2, 2017 10:19 AM
    I will never understand why a guy worth 10’s of millions of dollars is out wandering around the streets at 2AM knocking out anonymous idiots. I mean really, with all that cash to do whatever you wanted with for the rest of your life, thats how you chose to spend your time?
    ——

    people actually believe he knocked those dudes out? And they both landed on their backs right next to each other with not so much as a bruise? lol

    Not a Jets fan at all but I dont believe that one at all

  19. weepingjebus says: Mar 2, 2017 11:05 AM

    Pains me to say, but Bowles has been making smart moves lately. Hopefully Woody decides to Jets out and fire him to make room for more crates full of toilet paper on his plane to his ambassadorship.

  20. toybkshr says: Mar 2, 2017 11:14 AM

    As much as Dis believe anything the Jets mgt says, I do agree they’d a cut him even without the arrest! ———————–

    Anyone else get the feeling those Pitts police officers were def not Jets fans?

  21. realfootballfan says: Mar 2, 2017 11:24 AM

    Revis sure puts a lot of panties in a bunch for a guy who was one of the more low key players during his career. I’d say parlaying your excellent skills into QB money made him very smart since we know fans don’t turn on you the minute you lose a step. No way, that never happens, lol.

  22. strummer174 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:28 AM

    I like Todd Bowles. I don’t know that anyone can really excel as a head coach in the Jets organization, but I think the guy deserves to build his own roster and show what he’s made of. Last year was ugly, but the Jets were one quarter from the playoffs in 2015 if Fitzpatrick didn’t have the worst quarter of his career in the 4th quarter of the last game of the season. Lots of good coaches had rough starts and some down years. I think Bowles has enough promise to get two or three more years, provided things don’t totally fall apart this season.

  23. RE LEE says: Mar 2, 2017 12:30 PM

    That incident is uncharacteristic of Revis, though. We’ll see.. The Jets will still pay him 6 millions. He might need it to settle the case.

  24. chargerdillon says: Mar 2, 2017 1:47 PM

    Dude is old and slow. Unfit to play the position nor earn the money in his contract.

    Based on that criteria, not sure why the Jets didn’t extend him.

  25. mickmars says: Mar 2, 2017 1:59 PM

    You gotta think that the fact that Vince Wolfork could’ve toasted him on a fly pattern last year probably had a lot to do with it….

  26. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 2, 2017 2:18 PM

    Was he playing for the Jets last year ? Sorry I thought he hung his boots up.

  27. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 2, 2017 3:24 PM

    Woody Johnson’s ownership skill have been diminishing for years. When will be be released?

  28. ladyjet says: Mar 2, 2017 4:54 PM

    Revis never said anything bad about the Jets, that was Trump’s team. It bothered him that they cheated, that’s all.

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