The Revis tampering from 2015 was pretty much what everyone thought it was

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A new column that spends plenty of time wagging a finger at Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis for “embarrassing” the team’s owner with “late-night shenanigans” that may or may not ever result in a conviction, guilty plea, suspension, or fine contains new details about the events that resulted in Revis becoming a Jet in 2015.

Basically, it unfolded exactly the way everyone thought it did. Which is pretty much the way it always does.

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team’s landlines at their Florham Park facility,” writes Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “No paper trails were a must. [Owner Woody] Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

That’s how tampering works, every year with most if not all teams. Paper trails never exist, and face-to-face meetings occur at the Scouting Combine, with no effort by the league to ensure that agents and teams are talking only about clients currently on the roster and not about clients currently on another roster.

In 2015, even after Johnson committed a clear tampering violation by declaring the team’s interest in a Revis reunion (the Jets eventually were fined $100,000), Johnson was pushing the team to bring back Revis, before the Patriots decided whether to pick up a $20 million option for the coming season.

Mehta separately points out that the courtship of Revis ended up being a “colossal mistake.” Based on the way Revis performed in the second year of the contract, that’s a given. The recent arrest doesn’t make his return any more or less of a blunder; indeed, if Revis were still playing at a high level, the Jets would be circling the wagons and defending their star player.

42 responses to “The Revis tampering from 2015 was pretty much what everyone thought it was

  1. So the Jets are cheaters as we knew they were two years ago, and the NFL only gave them a slap on the wrist. Another example of teams cheating and spitting on the “integrity of the game” but not getting punished because the league execs aren’t after them the way they are the Patriots.

  2. The Jets got a wrist slap. The Chiefs got hammered. Makes sense in Roger Clowndell’s NFL.

  3. “…before the Patriots decided whether to pick up a $20 million option for the coming season.”

    ——-

    I loved that part. There was zero chance of that happening, and a next to zero chance of Revis staying with the Patriots after that one year.

    The only thing we can’t know for sure is if the Patriots drove up the price on Revis with the Jets in the mix or if it was, in fact, a real offer to get him to stay. The offer, if I remember correctly, wasn’t exactly lowball.

  4. .
    No time or money to investigate the Jets, the league spent it all on chilled footballs a la Wells.
    .

  5. Nothing new here by the Jets.

    They tampered with Crabtree years ago in his rookie contract holdout with the 49ERS and even tried to maneuver a trade between his agent and him. Even after the 9ERS let the league clearly aware. The league did nothing.

    Yet a season before the 9ERS lost a pick and traded draft spots with the Bears on a tampering charge over Lance Briggs who was scheduled to become a free agent.

    The league clearly has its favorite teams and protects them at all costs.

  6. I can’t even hear this over the sound of these five Lombardis clanging around. Seriously can’t even trip. Big things poppin’, li’l stuff stoppin’ up here in NE.

  7. The real tampering happened during the season and well before the combine when Woody spoke publicly about his desire to get Revis back. By the time of the combine, his going back to NYJ was a foregone conclusion. I hope Woody ends up overseas, Revis ends up in jail and Goodell goes straight to hell.

  8. There have been COUNTLESS times over the years where the the Jets alumni club AKA the league office run by Fraudger Goodell, have been the beneficiary of the league’s generosity. The tampering of Revis is just a minor blip, say, compared to having phone calls with Parcells, DURING superbowl week.

    What is amazing is that DESPITE all the largesse and benefits the Jets have gotten, they STILL have managed to be one of the leagues laughing stock teams on a consistent basis…..and it all starts at the top with their bozo owner, who is supposed to be our next ambassador to England.

    Look for us to be at war with England by next September. (sarcasm)

  9. “The league clearly has its favorite teams and protects them at all costs.”

    What did you expect? Half of the league office are former Jets executives.

  10. The Jets got caught videotaping Patriots defensive signals the year before and got booted from the sidelines. That’s why Mangini dropped a dime on them.

  11. Jets overtly tamper = slap on wrist, get the player

    Chiefs tamper somewhat improperly = Nuclear option.

    just like the legal system – It ain’t what you do, it is who you are.

  12. If my recollection of history is accurate, then wasn’t the Grigson email to 345 Park (aka the Florham Park annex) about Patriots possible tampering with footballs sent on the same afternoon as the Patriots filed the tampering complaint about Revis/Jets at 345 Park?

    Remember this when Roger says things like “we have a process”, and “there was a violation”. Tampering with footballs became a colossal two year charade, and tampering with players became a $100,000 fine.

    Roger Goodell is a man that believes his own lies.

  13. knowspinzone says:
    Feb 20, 2017 5:26 PM
    Does anyone seriously think Bill Belichick didn’t know what he was doing to let Revis go? The Jets were played like a cheap fiddle.
    ———-
    But I think it was passive – in the words of Napoleon: “never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” The bigger cheat may be yet to come, if (now Ambassador) Woody gets off $6M of his tamper. And either way Goofdell won’t increase the original penalty – much like he let Woody off entirely for his spurious claim that Kraft counter-tamped by Kraft merely saying he regretted Revis had left the Pats!

  14. The hatred between these two fan bases is beyond reasonable for adults over a game. But what do you expect from the two most intolerant and irrational fan bases in sports. Revis played both teams and one he helped win a Lombardi the other he screwed a second time. They all deserve each other.

  15. The reason tampering happens all the time is because the league does not punish anyone fairly. It is hit or miss and only one party is endanger of sanctions.

    Want to eliminate tampering? Do this:

    Fine the team and coach/GM and take away a draft pick

    Fine the player involved

    Fine the agent involved and stipulate 2nd offense suspends license for a year. Third offense means that agent/firm can no longer represent NFL players.

    Do that and sit back and watch them police themselves.

  16. Revis is just lucky he was smart enough to go to the Pats when he did to get his ring. That was his one and only chance, not going to happen again, even if the Jets keep him….wait, especially if the Jets keep him.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 20, 2017 6:41 PM
    The hatred between these two fan bases is beyond reasonable for adults over a game. But what do you expect from the two most intolerant and irrational fan bases in sports. Revis played both teams and one he helped win a Lombardi the other he screwed a second time. They all deserve each other.

    ———————–

    Actually the dynamic is not how you are imagining. Once Ryan and his antagonistic mouth left things cooled down. Under Boyles the Jets were a much more likeable and (last year not withstanding) respectable team so New England fans, as long as it wasnt against the Pats, even rooted for them. Last year there was more sadness for them rather than the ugly smack that might have taken place in the past. The Jets fans have reciprocated too. They still root against the Jets but the “I’m for the Jets and whoever is playing the Patriots” attitude is gone. In CT where the territories mix there were Superbowl parties where fans of both rooted together for the Pats. (Admittedly some if those were merely rooting for the AFC regrdless who representing) Sorry man but its just not that ugly any more.

  18. The NFL should punish the Jets further, given this information because the Jets attempted to deceive the investigation. It’s one thing to tamper. It’s another thing to lie about it.

  19. As a Raiders fan, I get the Patriots bending rules. They are trying to compete with the Jets. Except the Jets are way above and beyond them when it comes to cheating. The NFLs front office is packed with former Jets executives and the football media is filled with Jets fans.
    Oh yeah, that winning thing. Jets are absolutely terrible at that, but if they can’t win, they are happy to make real winners look bad.

  20. Goodell, being the great humanitarian that he is, saw that the Jets were punishing themselves enough with the Revis contract, and took pity on them.

    The Chiefs on the other hand, represented a threat to the entire league (if not the entire planet) with their wanton disregard for the King Roger’s Rules, and had to be punished with the utmost cruelty for the greater good of the league.

  21. Woody’s comments alone should have triggered a large fine and loss of a draft pick as precedent indicated. If that’s allowed, it’s open season. When he did that, he also destroyed whatever chance the Pats had of creating an extension with Revis. I don’t care how it ended up for Revis. I care that Goodell let them walk when he has crucified other teams for the same thing.

  22. FinFan68 says:
    Feb 20, 2017 6:45 PM

    The reason tampering happens all the time is because the league does not punish anyone fairly. It is hit or miss and only one party is endanger of sanctions.

    Want to eliminate tampering? Do this:

    Fine the team and coach/GM and take away a draft pick

    Fine the player involved

    Fine the agent involved and stipulate 2nd offense suspends license for a year. Third offense means that agent/firm can no longer represent NFL players.

    Do that and sit back and watch them police themselves.

    —————-
    Sounds like some good ideas. Here is another couple:

    Nullify the contract, but the team still pays the full contract to the league, where it is put into the fund used to play underpayed first-contract players who out-perform their contract.

    The player who signed the contract would be required to return to the team he came from under league minimum salary. If the team doesn’t want him back, they will be compensated a commensurate draft pick from the tampering team and the player will be put on waivers at league minimum (regardless of veteran status)

  23. Jest (aka Jets) cheat and get a slap on the wrist.

    Giants cheat and they get not even that. They aren’t so tough in GB without their walkie-talkies.

    Integrity of the game has been questioned, but no serious action.

    But if someone accuses you of deflated footballs, a witch hunt will be ordered. Roger than, clown.

  24. So while the league office was hard for Brady’s cell phone that Wells said he didn’t want or need, simultaneously they were looking the other way on the Jets using burner phones to avoid being caught. And they were lying about to league officials. And they were not cooperating with the investigation. It’s more probable than not that he league office was generally aware of the Jets scheme to tamper with revis and decided they weren’t going to punish the jets franchise appropriately. League rules state that the jets should lose their draft pick equal to the td the player was drafted. In this case, revis was a 1st Ed pick, so by tampering with revis they should lose their 1st round pick. But it won’t happen.

    This is a perfect opportunity for the league to end deflategate. Think about it. Deflategate isn’t gonna just be over in the eyes of the fans. But the league could change things in a positive way on several fronts. First everyone thinks the jets get special treatment. Prove us all wrong and crush them. Second, everyone thinks the pats are being singled out, prove us all wrong and crush the jets. As well as, the league loves to use a crisis to change the narrative. That’s where deflategate came from in the first place. A distraction from effing up the ray rice business. So now they can hammer the jets as a distraction from adding up deflategate. Plus it would get Goodell some cheers when he visits Foxboro if he crushes the jets and takes their #1 pick

  25. Just makes that 5th Belichick Trophy that much better.

    Let them cheat, lie, change the rules, attempt to entrap, fabricate evidence, conspire, frame, selectively enforce, and slander. Been going on for 17 years and the weasels still can not stop Belichick and Brady.

    Can you imagine the bitterness when they have to constantly hear for the rest of their lives that Belichick and Brady are now universally recognized as the greatest of all time. How sweet it is!

  26. The Jets are allowed to break rule and after rule, given as many free passes as they need, and are still a dumpster fire. What a joke of a franchise and fan base.

    Now they have to bow down to the Patriots again despite the fact that the deck is unjustly stacked against the Patriots. Must be tough to be a Jet fan.

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