NFL has no comment on Revis tampering investigation

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The biggest headline from one of the last semi-slow weekends of the offseason came from a report regarding the extent to which the Jets tampered with cornerback Darelle Revis in 2015, while he was still under contract with the Patriots. The news from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, a far cry from the dismissive tone he initially struck on the matter, indicated that the Jets used “private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine” to negotiate with Revis at a time when Revis was still a Patriot.

On one hand, it’s an example of what constantly happens at the Scouting Combine. As one team president told PFT several years ago, his team had resisted doing it until realizing that his team was at a competitive disadvantage because every other team was doing it.

Rarely, however, does a team do it while currently under investigation for tampering with the player with whom the team is currently tampering. As to the Jets in 2015, the NFL already was poking around in the aftermath of owner Woody Johnson’s il-advised declaration that he would “love for Darrelle to come back.” Although the NFL typically enforces the tampering rules only when it happens to notice that a team has both hands and its whole mouth in the cookie jar, Johnson’s comments amounted to a declaration that his team is coming for the cookies.

So what did the NFL do to investigate whether the Jets used burner phones to talk to Revis’ agents or met with them at the Combine to negotiate the deal he quickly would sign after becoming a free agent? The league had no comment when asked that question by PFT earlier in the week.

Consider the broader context. At the same time, the NFL was chasing wisps of air pressure to eventually prove (even though it failed to do so) that the Patriots tampered with footballs during an AFC championship game played after Johnson announced that a cookie raid was coming. So what was done to grill Jets front-office employees, to demand the surrender of cell phones (sounds familiar for some reason), and to otherwise get to the bottom of a rabbit hole that, as expected, contained a big, nasty, stinky, smelly rat? From the league’s perspective, we’ll never know.

A couple of other circumstances make this one even more intriguing. First, in July of 2015, Rod Graves took a job at the league office after spending two years with the Jets. What kind of interrogation, if any, did he face regarding the Revis tampering case before or after getting a job at 345 Park Avenue? Second, if/when the Jets cut Revis, will Revis spill the beans on how his then-terminated contract came to be?

So while this one ended two years ago amid a $100,000 fine and a cartoonish tit-for-tat tampering allegation after Patriots owner Robert Kraft said “[w]e wanted to keep” Revis and “we’re sorry he didn’t stay with us,” there’s still plenty more there. If the Jets decide to cut Revis in lieu of paying him a $2 million roster bonus next month, maybe Revis will have something to say about it.

54 responses to “NFL has no comment on Revis tampering investigation

  1. We all knew the tampering went deep. We all knew they were being shady and using Bieber phones and having secret meetings with team revis. The NFL knew it too. They just didn’t care because it was the jets. They weren’t going to punish the jets for pilfering a top player from the roster. Why would they? The jets were just an extension of the NFL front office taking Brady off the field for 4 games. It’s more probable than not that the league office was generally aware to the extent of the tampering but simply wouldn’t punish the jets for it. $100k?!?!? Please. Woody can find that in the couch cushions

  2. I don’t think anyone is surprised that former Jets in the NFL league offices protect the current Jets (and a handful of other teams) from facing consequences for their shenanigans. It’s blatant and shameless. #integrity

  3. The New England Patriots. Eternally the innocent victims of a league-wide NFL conspiracy. Even though it makes no sense at all the the league to do it.

  4. C’mon. The league barely investigated in 2015. Does anyone really think they’re going to do a serious investigation 2 years later?

    This story will quietly go away, like the Giants walkie-talkie scandal, the Steelers deflating footballs and the Seahawks and Steelers falsifying the injury report. If there is any fallout from this, it will be Mehta writing a story about how his source may have exaggerated.

  5. Of course some situations are given more investigatory diligence than others–it’s the NFL way. The “company” is like most other corporations–incestuous, agenda-driven rather than fair, and rife with dirty dealing once you peel back the layers.

    It happened to work out beautifully for the Patriots, partly due to luck, and partly due to the immense institutional skill on their side resulting in their ability to adjust positively.

    Even though Revis’ skills have declined rapidly, I’d love to know just how badly (if at all) they tried to keep him before the Jets came in with that ridiculous number that he ended up signing for. That whole back-and-forth would make a great chapter in a book one day.

  6. redlikethepig says:
    Feb 25, 2017 10:16 AM

    The New England Patriots. Eternally the innocent victims of a league-wide NFL conspiracy. Even though it makes no sense at all the the league to do it.
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    It also makes no sense for the NFL to keep the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season secret. Unless it proves that the Patriots didn’t deflate footballs.

  7. Haven’t the J-E-T-S suffered enough already? Don’t they have to play actual NFL games and get further embarrassed.

  8. redlikethepig says:
    Feb 25, 2017 10:16 AM

    The New England Patriots. Eternally the innocent victims of a league-wide NFL conspiracy. Even though it makes no sense at all the the league to do it.
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    Yet the NFL continues to look guilty by keeping the PSI information from the 2015 season secret.

  9. Revis will need money for his upcoming felony trial and the sure to come civil suit. If the Jets cut him they know he will spill the beans about the tampering, so they’ll have to pay him and keep him on the team.

  10. This investigation needs to be reopened due to the new evidence that has come to light—-the Jets tampering to get Revis may have cost the Patriots a superbowl in the 2015-2016 season. Integrity, Roger—step up here and prove that you do not favor the Jets.

  11. The New England Patriots. Eternally the innocent victims of a league-wide NFL conspiracy. Even though it makes no sense at all the the league to do it.

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    Yeah, nothing to see here. Selective enforcement of rules, arbitrary severity of penalties, personal relationships influencing what should be a neutral disciplinary process. None of that happens in Rogers NFL, it’s just all in our heads.

  12. I lover Rodger, brought back the Rams to LA, great commish! Tampering, who cares, all teams do it, pats do it too. Some cans should stay closed!

  13. redlikethepig says:
    Feb 25, 2017 10:16 AM

    The New England Patriots. Eternally the innocent victims of a league-wide NFL conspiracy. Even though it makes no sense at all the the league to do it.
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    Well, certainly in this Revis case, even you would have to agree that NE is obviously the innocent victim. So, without (again) sounding dumbliketherock, you tell us why you think the league did so little to the NYJ while hammering KC.

  14. Revis’ play in 2015 and 2016, given his compensation, was karma. Woody Johnson got personally involved because he hated to see Revis win a ring in a Patriots uniform. The Patriots win two super bowls in three years and Woody’s Jets were a dumpster fire.

  15. Goodell ALWAYS looks the other way when it comes to the Jets

    Remember when Jets kicker Jay Feely was tampering with his footballs altering PSI? Goodell looked the other way.

    There was proof of tampering 2 years back and nothing happened – why should it now?

    And with Jets owner Ambassador Woody Johnson (a fitting name for an Ambassador of Trump) now being so close to the President, the LAST thing Goodell wants to do is make Trump even MORE mad when it’s clear Goodell slandered and framed Brady in an attempt to fix the season.

    The last thing Goodell needs is the Feds charging him with fixing games on top of trying to bribe the NIH on their concussion study.

  16. “Consider the broader context. At the same time, the NFL was chasing wisps of air pressure to eventually prove (even though it failed to do so) that the Patriots tampered with footballs during an AFC championship game played after Johnson announced that a cookie raid was coming”

    Half a dozen other things to add to that ‘context’:

    1) While no one should ever doubt the duplicity of 345 Park Ave, the primary source for all this is Manish F Mehta. Who mocked the Pats when they raised their initial objection

    2) The Chiefs got bent over for a lot less. Maclin didn’t play for a division opponent and Hunt didn’t poison the well months in advance.

    3) See#1

    4) Pats fans shouldn’t exactly be reaching for the tin foil on this one. It’s not an anti Pats move, it’s a pro Jets thing. Revis was never more than a 1 year rental. Belichick knew it, Revis knew it, the Jets knew it and so did you.

    5) Did I mention Manish Mehta is the one driving this bus? No self respecting football fan should even line a bird cage with his column.

    6) While, if true, it doesn’t change the blatant nature of owner involved tampering the truth is we all know no one but the Jets was going to give Revis that kind of money.

  17. redclaw1314 says:
    Feb 25, 2017 10:52 AM

    This investigation needs to be reopened due to the new evidence that has come to light—-the Jets tampering to get Revis may have cost the Patriots a superbowl in the 2015-2016 season. Integrity, Roger—step up here and prove that you do not favor the Jets.

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    We have all seen that the NFL doesn’t require evidence to take away multiple draft picks. Even when science proves that the team didn’t do anything the NFL has still taken away draft picks.

    It should be easy for the NFL to conclude that the Jets were generally aware of this tampering scheme. Even before more evidence is considered.

  18. The real irony here is that Revis helped the Patriots win a Super Bowl and then his skills eroded with the Jets and he now has legal trouble. I laugh a bit at Revis who came out less than a month after winning the Super Bowl and declared that Brady should take the suspension. Maybe #24 should take some jail time.

  19. As a Patriots fan, I just want thatnk Bozo Goodell for Bradys suspension…. not only did it motivate him to ring #5 it also showed the organization that we have our next franchise QB to torment the league with already in house! If not for that suspension, Jimmy G woulda been delt this off season for a third round pick.
    Funny how karma always comes back to bite “the shield”

  20. I wonder if this will start a trend in fans not watching as much football because it is obvious that the league is trying to fix the season’s outcome by favoring some teams while handicapping others. Oh wait…….

  21. It’s worth noting that the CBA with the players does NOT require them to turn over cellphones

    ALL NFL EMPLOYEES MUST GIVE UP THEIR CELLPHONES as was the case with the Patriots employees (note – no evidence of tampering with footballs was found by the NFL in doing so)

    Even though no NFL player can be compelled that didn’t stop Goodell from assessing Jets QB Brett Favre a $50,000 fine for his failure to cooperate in a possibly criminal sexual assault of an NFL employee…. and of course it didn’t stop Goodell from using Brady’s refusal to hand over his phone to a guy who had already shown he would lie, suspending the GOAT for 1/4th a Season.

    So there’s NOTHING stopping Goodell from gathering up phones in a moments notice with his own employees.

    The only thing is, we know Goodell is corrupt so even that would just be to make things look good – it’s just good that EVERYONE else can see just how corrupt the current NFL ownership and commissioner are.

  22. turfczar57 says:
    Feb 25, 2017 12:23 PM
    Signing Revis was penalty enough!
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    His stats were actually ok that first year back (2015) with the Jets, it was this past season he faded away. So it’s conceivable he could helped the Pats reach and win SB50. But I’m angrier for Reid/Chiefs, they co-operated and got slammed whereas Woody lied (and spuriously counter-claimed against the Pats) and he and his team get little more than a wrist-slap and a Park Ave job (with pay raise) for one of the guilty.

  23. Both complaints hit the desks at the NFL league office within hours of each other. One received intense scrutiny and “independent” investigation (aided by published false information), and the other received the fast track. The NFL league office quickly dispensed of the Revis tampering case 10 days BEFORE the Wells Report was released (and before the public even knew the extent of the false information). It seems pretty clear that the Revis investigation was intended not to uncover much. Any novice can see that the league office had a dog in this hunt.

  24. joeychitwood says:
    Feb 25, 2017 12:05 PM
    As a Patriots fan, I just want thatnk Bozo Goodell for Bradys suspension…. not only did it motivate him to ring #5 it also showed the organization that we have our next franchise QB to torment the league with already in house! If not for that suspension, Jimmy G woulda been delt this off season for a third round pick.
    Funny how karma always comes back to bite “the shield”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    2 things; first and foremost; the bogus suspension imposed on Brady allowed for 4 less games wherein he could’ve been injured. Also, allowed him to be more fresh at the end of the seasons and playoffs. Brady only played in 15 total games this year, unlike most other years where’s 18 or even 19.

    Jimmy G: we’ve seen what amounts to a thimble full of snaps for his professional career. He’s looked good in that very limited audition, but he also took a ridiculous hit that could’ve/should’ve been avoided, as rookies are wont to do.

    How is it that he is the 2nd coming of Bart Starr?
    At least 2 full seasons of starting play would be needed to see what he is….or isn’t

  25. To think that Roger told all those lies, denied science and spent all those millions to frame Brady, all to help a pathetic Jets team that will continue to bottom feed for years to come.

    The entire NFL world is laughing at you Roger. The clown shirt is actually a very kind image of you. I always imagine your head on a worm’s body because you’re such a vile little worm.

  26. If tampering resulted in Revis turning his gaze (though the rest of him was in decline) towards the Jets, I would beg the Jets to do this all the time and make BB’s rentals to be the the smartest moves in all player transaction history.

  27. It also makes no sense that Brady cheated and then lied about it. And it makes no sense that the Patriots nor Brady fully cooperated.

    There was plenty of circumstantial evidence that wasn’t explained and science did show the Patriots ball were slightly deflated more than the IGL

    I’m done with this site and the poor Patriots who were busted twice for cheating. What a bunch of losers. GTH

  28. carloswlassiter says:
    Feb 25, 2017 1:19 PM
    Can someone explain what exactly KC did and how it differs from what the Jets did?
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    Your inquiry has been forwarded to 345 Park Ave where it will be reviewed by top men. As soon as an acceptably obscure non answer can be determined the top men will work backwards from it to develop a report that will suitably obfuscate the logic applied. Said report will be released in due course at a time and place guaranteed to limit the impact of it’s pointless nature. As always the league thanks you for your interest and appreciates your continued support.

  29. Revis took a lot of money from the Jets these past 2 years and way under produced. Plus he gets a 6MM going away present.

    Why should Revis be mad at the Jets?

  30. luckyforus says:
    Feb 25, 2017 5:06 PM

    science did show the Patriots ball were slightly deflated more than the IGL
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    Only if you use the starting levels from the gauge the ref said he did NOT use.

    In other words, the league lied about the level of deflation, and then applied whatever circumstantial evidence they could scrape together to try to “prove it”.

  31. It’s pretty sad that the Jets cheat their asses off, yet still haven’t won anything meaningful since before Armstrong stepped off of the lunar lander.

  32. “A couple of other circumstances make this one even more intriguing. First, in July of 2015, Rod Graves took a job at the league office after spending two years with the Jets>/b>.”
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    Good grief, another one? It’s really getting a little ridiculous there at the league office.

  33. And yet King Roger’s minions leak info that he’s “angry” when Matt Patricia is seen wearing a Roger-the-clown tee shirt.

    If I were Robert Kraft, I would be giving away those shirts to every fan as they came through the turnstiles at Gillette Stadium for the opening game.

  34. luckyforus says:
    Feb 25, 2017 5:06 PM

    It also makes no sense that Brady cheated and then lied about it. And it makes no sense that the Patriots nor Brady fully cooperated.
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    It makes even less sense that the NFL would do the following while preaching about “integrity”

    • Why did the NFL would feel the need to tell even half of the “56 lies the NFL told during deflategate” ?
    • Why did the NFL refuse to correct the false story that claimed that 11 footballs were 2.0 PSI below 12.50 PSI ?
    • Why does the NFL still refuse to divulge the results of PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season ?
    • Why did the NFL decided to manipulate public opinion and dupe gullible people by the millions with nonsense about a replaced phone when the NFL already had the text messages from that phone ?

  35. luckyforus says:
    Feb 25, 2017 5:06 PM

    There was plenty of circumstantial evidence that wasn’t explained and science did show the Patriots ball were slightly deflated more than the IGL

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    • The only “experts” that claimed that the IGL didn’t explain the drop in PSI received large checks signed by Roger Goodell.
    • Circumstantial “evidence” really can’t compete with the fact that scientists from no less than 21 universities stated that the weather explained the deflation.
    • Circumstantial “evidence” can never refute video evidence like the video posted online that is titled: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  36. luckyforus says:
    Feb 25, 2017 5:06 PM

    I’m done with this site and the poor Patriots who were busted twice for cheating. What a bunch of losers. GTH
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    That’s wrong.

    • A camera needed to be move a few feet to comply with a poorly worded memo. The Patriots received a lesson in human nature when they told a petty person that his memo was poorly worded. The Patriots were subsequently over punished when that petty memo writing person also got to be the judge and the jury.

    • The weather explained the drop in PSI for the Patriots footballs and the Colts footballs. And the more recent drop in PSI for the Steelers footballs.

    • Name calling is just admitting that you lost the argument. All those repetitive posts accomplished nothing.

  37. qbarrel says:
    Feb 25, 2017 10:05 AM
    If the Patriots are the victims, then nothing will happen. The league proudly wears its anti-Patriot bias on its sleeve.

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    The Jets were the victims.

  38. Brady won two of three super bowls since this happened. Check out the site does you team cheat. The worst is Denver, Steelers third and Indy fourth worst cheaters. Pays are 17th on the list (of 32).

  39. luckyforus says:
    Feb 25, 2017 5:06 PM

    I’m done with this site…

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    Guessing not.

  40. Let’s sum up what we’ve seen for league discipline in the past few seasons:

    – Giants caught red handed illegally using walkie-talkies.

    Punishment: Moved down 10 spots in the 4th round.

    – Jets blatantly tamper with Darrelle Revis using clandestine meetings and burner cell phones.

    Punishment: Fined $100K.

    – Seahawks caught hiding Richard Sherman injury all season long. Punishment: a warning.

    – Seahawks caught running illegal practices (for the THIRD time since 2012).

    Punishment: $400K fine and loss of a 5th round pick.

    – Steelers caught hiding LeVeon Bell groin injury prior to AFCC game (falsely listing his absence from practice as “non injury related”).

    Punishment; Nothing so far.

    – Atlanta Falcons caught piping fake crowd noise into dome:

    Punishment: $250K fine and loss of 5th round draft pick.

    – Vikings and Panthers both caught warming footballs on sideline.

    Punishment: a warning.

    Compare these slaps on the wrist with the reeming the Patriots got for allegedly tampering with a few footballs, and it’s obvious that the league isn’t even trying to hide their anti-Patriots bias.

    And BTW, the reason the league gave to justify the harsh punishment it gave the Pats was that supposedly they were ‘repeat offenders”. Well guess what – so are the Seahawks. They’ve been caught running illegal practices THREE TIMES now. So why the light punishment?

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