Woody Johnson tampers with Darrelle Revis

AP

Yes, it would be a very good idea for Jets owner Woody Johnson to surrender the keys to the car. Or, at a minimum, to learn how to properly drive it.

In his Monday press conference regarding the decision to fire coach Rex Ryan and G.M. John Idzik, Johnson committed a textbook tampering violation regarding Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis.

“Darrelle is a great player, and if I thought I could have gotten Darrelle for [what the Patriots paid], I probably would’ve taken him,” Johnson said, via the Boston Herald. “And it was our best judgment to do what we did. Darrelle is a great player. I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”

Revis remains the property of the Patriots, who signed him to a two-year contract after Revis was cut by the Buccaneers. The large salary and cap number for 2015 will compel a renegotiation; Revis now knows that he has an alternative and, in turn, leverage in his coming talks with the Patriots.

From the league’s anti-tampering policy: “Any 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, is a violation of this Anti-Tampering Policy. (Example of a prohibited comment: ‘He’s an excellent player, and we’d very much like to have him if he were available, but another club holds his rights.’)”

Said Johnson in a press conference: “Darrelle is a great player. I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”

The league, via the Herald, has no comment on the situation. It’s unknown whether the Patriots plan to file formal tampering charges.

Regardless of what happens next, it’s clear that Johnson violated the policy as written.

87 responses to “Woody Johnson tampers with Darrelle Revis

  1. It’s a textbook example of tampering, and Woody Johnson should be punished. This sort of thing goes on far too often, but rarely as blatantly or obviously.

  2. Bill Belichick hates the Jets and will stick it to them any chance he gets. Of course, with Roger Goodell running the NFL, any punishment depends on him and he is so freaking arbitrary.

  3. Just more evidence how clueless so many of these owners are. They’re not even savvy enough to know what to say or not say.

    It’s really pathetic….

  4. Yeah, I’m sure Revis would rather leave the perpetually playoff-achieving Pats in order to go to that dumpster fire with the bad owner a couple of hours south.

  5. Yeah, I’m sure Revis would rather leave the perpetually playoff-achieving Pats in order to go to that dumpster fire with the bad owner a couple of hours south.

  6. No, it’s not “absurd.” What is absurd, is the fact that an NFL owner doesn’t understand the rule. Especially one as clear cut as tampering. Then again, we’re talking about The Jets.

  7. You don’t deserve him!

    You’re a loser and you never cared to pay him!

    He’s a top 5 player! Top 5 players should stay away from one thing, a top 5 loser!

    How about bring Tebow back you joke of an owner?

  8. Like the Pats don’t know the Jets or any other team in the league would like to have Revis? This is a joke.

  9. TheWizard says:
    Dec 29, 2014 2:40 PM
    Seems like a non event to me. The powers that be have bigger fish to fry than something like this.
    ======================================
    How is it a non event? Revis has a tricky contract situation. He’s also very much involved involved in the playoffs, and this is a distraction that the Jets just created. Woody needs a good spanking.

  10. The ONLY reason he said that is because speaks on behalf of the fans of his team. Although he is a contract nightmare, he was one of the best to ever dawn the green and white!! BREAKING NEWS: EVERY TEAM WOULD LOVE TO HAVE REVIS ON THEIR TEAM.

  11. LOL at all these people who thinks that Roger Goodell, an employee of the owners, will ever pursue tampering charges against any said owners.

    Tampering charges are for Coaches and GM’s, not owners. And if that doesn’t seem fair, it’s because it’s not…but good luck punishing your boss.

  12. More money than brains.

    If he wasn’t born into wealth, he’d be a 85IQ City Councilman…

  13. Yea sure Woody, we all know that Rex never wanted him to leave in the first place and it was you who made the decision to move on ….now you act like you want him smh….I thought Woody’s most important job was getting Mitt elected president instead of putting a winning team on the field? Jet fan this is your problem right here, doesn’t matter who the GM or coach is……

  14. It’s tampering, but I doubt the league will do much about it. They’re more concerned with things like F bombs and players that won’t talk to the media.

  15. mendenhallfumblemachine says:
    Dec 29, 2014 2:45 PM
    I thought revis signed a 1 year 12 mill deal, not 2 years… Am I wrong?
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    Revis received a $10 million signing bonus on the deal, which includes a $1.5 million guaranteed base salary for 2014 and $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

    It also contains an option for 2015 that the Patriots would have to exercise by the end of the 2014 league year, locking in a $12 million roster bonus payable April 1, 2015, a base salary of $7.5 million and another $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

    If the Patriots decline the option – which seems likely given the price, no matter how well Revis plays – it also would prevent them from using the franchise tag, meaning Revis would either get a new deal in New England or hit the open market.

    If the Patriots keep take on the option, they’ll have to pay him $20 M for 2015. They’ll cut him and then try to restructure. Of course, Woody has a woody for Revis and this is now a distraction.

  16. I thought revis signed a 1 year 12 mill deal, not 2 years… Am I wrong?

    It was technically 2 year but the cap number for 2015 is $25 million so little chance that he plays under that contract. Revis wisely made sure it was a 2 year deal so the Pats couldn’t franchise him after this year.

  17. Well since the league turned their back when the Jets were caught taping the Pats in Foxboro during the 2006 playoffs, then gave them a slap on the wrist for the orchestrated tripping of opponents on kickoffs… I doubt the league steps in here. Goodell used to work for the Jets, don’t people realize that?

  18. Not a slow day, wst, but a day of an organization getting what they deserve. It should also be noticed that earlier this year the Jets were given a “warning” by the league for other tampering issues.

    It hasn’t been a coincidence that the Jets have dodged a number of incidents of maleficence with nothing more than a wink and a nod. Roger’s first job in the NFL was as a Jet intern.

    If the league doesn’t come down hard on this MULTIPLE offender, Bob Kraft should be outraged. And the fact is that at this particular moment, Goodell can’t afford to have one of the more influential owners “outraged” at him.

    BTW – there IS precedence for the kind of punishment. IIRC in 2008 the Niner’s werer fined, forfeited a late round pick, and forced to swap a mid round picks with the Bears, when it was proven they had tampered with Lance Briggs.

    Shouldn’t the punishment be even harsher, given this is the 2nd time THIS year, the Jets have been caught tampering. That would be the consistent thing to do, right? and if we know anything about Roger Goodell is he is consistent in handing out punishment. 😀

  19. “Saying you want a player is not tampering…..so ridiculous.”

    umm..

    From the league’s anti-tampering policy: “Any 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, is a violation of this Anti-Tampering Policy. (Example of a prohibited comment: ‘He’s an excellent player, and we’d very much like to have him if he were available, but another club holds his rights.’)”

    Said Johnson in a press conference: “Darrelle is a great player. I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”

  20. He was asked a question and answered it honestly. LMAO Ask any owner if they would like to have Brady Manning or Rodgers and see what they would say. They would be lying if they said no.

  21. If Jerry Jones didn’t get in trouble for actually discussing possibilities with Adrian Peterson himself on the phone then how can Woody get in trouble for this? I agree it is tampering per the stated definition but the league has a history of selective enforcement. Agents and GMs do it so often that the league gave them an official time frame during the combine. Either remove the rule altogether or enforce every violation.

  22. Pathetic owner, he really needs to take a back seat and disappear. This is the real reason the Jets are a circus act….there is ZERO leadership at the top from their inept trust fund baby owner who never worked a day in his life or had to develop the tools to ever be successful at anything.

    Rex deserved so much better than the Jets.

  23. I’m sure Revis is dying to go back to an organization that just went 4-12 and fired its HC and GM. What could be more attractive?

  24. You know this guy was born into money.

    Why is every picture of him in that silly team hat, hair plugs?

    What’s next, a press conference in full pads? Perhaps a jock strap?

  25. The NFL enforces through heavy fines player behavior that violate inane and obtuse rules but let owners get away with virtually anything.

  26. It shouldn’t be too hard to win in the NFL with all these not so smart owners. These guys just can’t get out of their own way.

  27. The rule is absurd in its writing, not its intent. The intent of anti-tampering rules are to avoid making overt offers to players currently under contract to other clubs, it’s not intended to keep another club from publicity commenting or praising another clubs players. The NFL in unto itself is absurd, the rules are arbitrary and reactionary, they are never at the forefront or forward thinking. The NFL administration is akin to Congress, rich old white guys who fear change….

  28. flmike says:
    Dec 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    The rule is absurd in its writing, not its intent. The intent of anti-tampering rules are to avoid making overt offers to players currently under contract to other clubs, it’s not intended to keep another club from publicity commenting or praising another clubs players. The NFL in unto itself is absurd, the rules are arbitrary and reactionary, they are never at the forefront or forward thinking. The NFL administration is akin to Congress, rich old white guys who fear change….

    reminds me of another rule… one about the location of recording equipment.

  29. “I’m sure Revis is dying to go back to an organization that just went 4-12 and fired its HC and GM. What could be more attractive?”

    ———————-

    From this and many other comments above, it is clear that many of the readers on this website do not understand how this kind of thing is tampering.

    The owner of the Jets said outright that he would personally love to have Revis on his team. That is not an invitation. It is not likely that Revis would even entertain the idea of reuniting with the Jets. But it IS likely that Revis and his agent will use Woody’s words against the Patriots front office when it comes time to figure out the contract talks. That’s why it’s tampering; Not because the Jets actually want Revis, but because of a perceived market for his services that will drive up his asking price.

  30. This is precisely the problem that plagues this sad franchise…a succession of desperate owners that operate from the ‘little brother’ syndrome, doing anything it can to escape the shadow of an opposing force that is not in existence; in fact the opposing force is manifested in reactionary business practices that fight for the back page of news rags. Win the offseason headlines. Someone needs to save Woody from himself immediately…John Spano, the ghost of Al Davis, Donald Sterling…anyone. What he’s going to do with Revis is grossly overpay him once he hits the free agent market and completely blow the parameters of the market for a top flight corner for a guy who is good, but is over 30 and has a recently repaired ACL, just to prove he can do it and say that Revis ‘wanted to be there’. Eight years, $140 million with $90 million guaranteed? And still no quarterback to build around; looks like sound Jets ‘business’ planning.

  31. “Darrelle is a great player, and if I thought I could have gotten Darrelle for [what the Patriots paid], I probably would’ve taken him,” Johnson said,

    —————————————————————-

    This isnt tampering…..Its the reason he got rid of Idzik, and Ryan…..They failed in not only coaching and player development/scouting , but what it takes to bring FA’s, or Trades in.
    Hey Jet fans be smart and find out if they fired the Scouting dept too.

  32. Hey rcampore: what part of the tampering rules that florio literally pasted into the article are you unable to understand? Saying you would love for a player to come back is a textbook violation. Maybe pictures would have helped you.

  33. jetfan74 says:
    Dec 29, 2014 2:48 PM
    The ONLY reason he said that is because speaks on behalf of the fans of his team. Although he is a contract nightmare, he was one of the best to ever dawn the green and white!! BREAKING NEWS: EVERY TEAM WOULD LOVE TO HAVE REVIS ON THEIR TEAM.

    Yes but they cant say it publicly and especially attach a dollar amount to it

  34. Just in case it hasn’t been mentioned Godell used to work for the Jets. That’s why he waived their cap penalties one year and that’s why they won’t get anything worse than a slap on the wrist for tampering.

  35. 13timenflworldchamps says:
    “Darrelle is a great player, and if I thought I could have gotten Darrelle for [what the Patriots paid], I probably would’ve taken him,” Johnson said, —– This isnt tampering…..”

    No, it isn’t. But when you take Woody’s FULL quote, you know, the part when Woody said he wants Revis..

    That IS tampering.

  36. willycents says:
    Dec 29, 2014 3:11 PM
    He was asked a question and answered it honestly. LMAO Ask any owner if they would like to have Brady Manning or Rodgers and see what they would say. They would be lying if they said no.

    No they should say what all the rest say, ” I will only speak about players on my own team”

  37. This is the Captain of the Ship of State for the Jets but the Jets are more like “The Wreck of the Hesperus”. Long suffering Jets fans should take notice.

  38. the precedent for punishing tampering comes from penalties for the Lions for tampering with Chiefs players on 2010 and the Niners tampering with Bears linebacker Lance Briggs in 2008.

    The Lions lost a 7th rounder and swapped 5th rounders with the Chiefs.

    The Niners lost a 7th rounder and swapped 3rd rounders with the Bears.

    Johnson was reprimanded for this before, in comments he made about DeSean Jackson.

    repeat offender?

    Swap 2nd round picks with NE and lose your 6th rounder.

    That sounds about right.

  39. It is not disputed that tampering occurred here. The real question is what the proper sanction should be.

    Perhaps the league should wait and see on which roster Revis is next year before handing down the sanction.

    If Revis is still on the Patriots roster, there should still be a sanction against the Jets because the rule was clearly broken. If he is not on the Patriots roster, then the sanction should be increased. If Revis is on the Jets roster next year, then the sanction should be severe.

    Rules are intended to punish past, and deter future, transgressions. This escalating formula would seem to be appropriate in this (and other) cases of tampering.

  40. Hey by letter of the law he tampered. Let’s us see Bill B. hates the J E T S with a passion. Yes of course there will be tampering charges asked for by the Pats. If the shoe was on the other foot the jets would do the same.

  41. If Woody Johnson is that stupid, of course there should be penalties. Not that the penalties would serve as a deterrent, they should be imposed for the sheer entertainment value of the football fans.

  42. We ALL know the Jets would file tampering charges against the Pats. FOR SURE the Patriots should file them against the Jets. Another example of how poorly this franchise is ran, starting at the top.

  43. He looked like such a dork in that Jets hat I can’t believe anyone even heard what he was saying. Who besides a coach has a press conference with a baseball hat and a suit and tie?

    He also wasnt articulate and it was obvious he didn’t rehearse what he was going yo say. Pretty sloppy. Too bad, I have respect for the Jets. Too bad the owner is such an unorganized mess.

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