Woody Johnson leaning on his G.M. to bring Darrelle Revis back

AP

Woody Johnson was quick to say he “misspoke” last year when he blatantly “tampered” with Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Apparently, he’s still talking about Revis, but keeping it within his building.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News,  Johnson “has been involved in serious internal discussions” with General Manager Mike Maccagnan to make a push for Revis if and when he becomes available.

The Patriots would have to pick up a $20 million option bonus by March 9, part of the “placeholder” deal that helped Revis win his first Super Bowl. They’re working on a long-term deal to keep Revis there, and if nothing else, reports of Jets interest will at least make it more expensive.

But the Jets need Revis perhaps more than ever, since new coach Todd Bowles depends on his corners playing press-man so he can blitz more.

So it’s one thing for Johnson to say he’d “love to have Darrelle back,” but it’s easier to put that plan into motion now. The Jets have $51 million in cap room, and the means to bring him back.

Now they just have to get him away from the Patriots, and every other team in the AFC with a link to him and a need (Rex Ryan in Buffalo and Mike Tannenbaum in Miami).

37 responses to “Woody Johnson leaning on his G.M. to bring Darrelle Revis back

  1. What can he do for the Jets? They were 4-12 how many wins can a cornerback generate? We have more and bigger needs lets spread the money around on diffrent positions.

  2. I don’t remember if you can use both the franchise (Gostkowski) and the transition tag in the esame year.

    salary cap rules make my hair hurt, but can the Pats transition tag him so that if he goes to the Jets, it costs them a buttload of money plus two first rounders?

  3. If Revis were to go back there, the league needs to come down hard on the Jets for tampering earlier this past season. Woody is an idiot.

  4. BREAKING NEWS: Loud explosions or some other type of extreme noises have repeatedly be heard coming from Revis Island sounding very much like they’re saying “I’M RIIICH BEEAUCH!!!”

  5. Typical Jets: Revis is not going to make the difference between championship or not.

    Take it slow, build your team up, get a QB and then add the final piece of a player like Revis just as the Pats did. To sign him now is just so stupid.

  6. Just like the lil jets… a day late and a dollar short. Revis should have been signed back last year and the Patriots will find a way to sign him to a long term deal.

  7. That’s not going to happen. He wants to be in New England and took less pay to be there last season. So that let’s me know that it’s not entirely about the total amount of money. He has that, now it’s on to a legacy, playing for a championship caliber team and his name being remembered throughout the ages as one of the best cornerbacks ever!

  8. Patriots fan here.

    If the Pats can’t sign him then I hope the Jets do.

    And when that happens, the Pats will get the Jets’ first round pick as compensation for tampering.

    It won’t make up for the loss of Revis, but at least they’ll get something.

  9. If the Jets wind up signing Revis and Goodell does nothing about the tampering charges, then he is truly being selective in how he administers league rules.

  10. Miami is not in the mix for Revis. Not enough cash available and too many holes to fill. Revis and Grimes on outside Taylor in slot with Wilson at FS would shore up the defense but there is no way that’s happening. He will sign with Pats or go back to Jets

  11. How is that Tampering investigation going Roger? You know, the one that was filed one day before the deflatgate fiasco went down…

    Thats right, no one cares about “the integrity of the game” when its the Patriots on the short end of the stick. A football that was low on air pressure, because someone not associated with the Patriots deflated it (the Colts, Kensil, etc), that is a huge deal, but a team openly tampering with its biggest rivals’ players, thats no big deal…

  12. He’s either staying with NE or going to Buffalo. He wants to win now, and the Pats are obvious candidates for that, considering they just hoisted the Lombardi. Buffalo has his pal Rex, and the addition of a shutdown corner like Revis to that defense launches them from the great defense they are to one of the elite defenses, now and in the past.

    My guess is he’s playing for Old Belicheck again next year.

  13. I can’t believe this is happening again. This is being pushed by the same writer it was last year too. Revis will never be a Jet again. He is using them for leverage again. And Manish is willingly being his mouth piece.

  14. At some point Woodrow needs to remember he woke up on third base and he doesn’t know anything about evaluating NFL talent. Two very important truths.

  15. This would be a very JETS move: Overpay for a guy who is on the back 9 of his career while the rest of the team needs to be gutted. Put them in cap jail in 2-3 years while they fight to get to .500 AND forfeit a pick to the Patriots for tampering.

    JETS can’t sign this guy or the league has to penalize them.

  16. I hope the NFL is taking note of this (not likely with former Jets executives in charge who just so happened to implement a sting operation on the Patriots on the same day they filed tampering charges against the Jets)

    But between Woody’s initial remarks and now the leaking of info to Manish to reaffirm that Revis can and should increase his price tag for the Pats, the league should incur a major fine to the Jets if the Pats re-sign him and give a very high draft pick if they don’t to counter this blatant tampering

  17. Naysayers,

    Yes Jets were 4 and 12, but of those 12 losses, 2 were to Patriots by a total of 3 points. They also had a huge lead on Packers before falling. And all that without corners.

    And I am not forgetting some embarassing losses to Bills and Chargers.

    Add those corners, spend wisely in other areas during free agency (OL, skill positions, passs rushing LB) and they could fight for a wildcard.

    An improvement to an already good defense and an offense where a QB doesnt have to shine could make Jets a worthy contender.

  18. Woody. Have you learned nothing from the Dan Snyder Game Plan? It doesn’t work, in case you missed it. Let your football people do their jobs and step away from the Revis. He’s a pretty, shiny toy that is distracting you from the many other glaring holes that your team needs to fill (QB, WR, TE- oh, heck, your whole offense!).

  19. I hope he comes back to New England but if he goes back to the Jets at least I know they will have to kiss his ring.

  20. Even if Revis is all about the money, I still think he wants to win and going to the Bill or Jets who don’t have great QBs is not the place to go. I truly hope he stays with the Pats with a long term contract, but if he leaves I’d think maybe Green Bay or Seattle. I’d say Denver, but don’t think Manning will play after this year.

  21. mrmike57h says:
    Mar 3, 2015 11:04 AM
    Naysayers,

    Yes Jets were 4 and 12, but of those 12 losses, 2 were to Patriots by a total of 3 points. They also had a huge lead on Packers before falling. And all that without corners.

    And I am not forgetting some embarrassing losses to Bills and Chargers.

    Add those corners, spend wisely in other areas during free agency (OL, skill positions, passs rushing LB) and they could fight for a wildcard.

    An improvement to an already good defense and an offense where a QB doesnt have to shine could make Jets a worthy contender.


    They were a -118 point differential, when every other team in the division was +. That’s the 6th worst # in the NFL last year.

  22. I’d trade revis for the jets first round pick.

    If the Jets get away completely free for their tampering because ex-Jet Goddell hates the Patriots I will have a hardy laugh every time he mentions the “integrity” of the shield.

  23. The salt from the Pats fans is unreal. Every team tampers but it wasn’t as blatant as Woody did it.

    Man, according to all the NE fans I thought every free agent was going to take a discount to play for them?

  24. i almost want mccourty more. id be happy with both coming on down but i feel like its been so long since the jets have had a good safety in his prime. they have the money for both… sign both, then go get a combination of offensive playmakers and linemen, address whats left in the draft. that defensive front seven is solid, if they can get coverage behind them and score a bit on offense the team will be competitive.

  25. Revis isn’t negotiating in the media or with any of these PFT commentators. We will all find out at the same time. I have no idea but I think the Pats will keep either Revis or McCourtney and have a long shot at both. If BB isn’t working on both he would have made his decision and be working on a replacement and/or other position needs.
    Quien Sabe?

  26. Woody is driving up that price tag.. And I dont think the Jets will resign him. I think they fear a tampering charge and can avoid it by not showing interest if Revis is available.

    Manish doesn’t have an inside source listening to conversations between Macc and Woody. But Woody and Macc can release info through the media to give Revis even more negotiating leverage to make it more difficult/expensive for the Patriots to resign him.

    Manish has also been going on Boston sports shows and downplaying the tampering charge. Not crazy to think Macc is trying to have a better relationship with the media than Idzik and Rex who were ripped (although they deserved it).

  27. Revis is done being a loser–he’s already been on teams with no chance. The Jets would be wasting their money because they are not winning a Super Bowl for the rest of Revis’ career, even if he’s there.

    If Revis is not with the Pats, he’ll be with a team that has a chance to win. He’ll make the big $$$ either way.

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