Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay: Reactions to the Trade

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August 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) shown on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

When Darrelle entered the league in 2006, we didn’t even think about any of this. Remember? There was no talk of money, holdouts, value…etc. Under Eric Mangini, Darrelle Revis came to work and did his job, and we all went about our lives. Nothing about this ever came across our lips.

So, what changed? Eric Mangini out, Rex Ryan in. That’s what changed. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rex Ryan just as much as anyone. But from day one Rex Ryan made a mistake with Darrelle. His mistake was constantly talking about how great Darrelle was. We all knew it, we didn’t have to hear him say it. The problem with him saying it?

Darrell began to believe it. It’s human nature. If someone tells you how great you are at something, eventually, you are going to believe it. The more he heard it, the more he believed it, and thought the team owed him everything. He became Revis the business, rather than Revis the football player. Henceforth, the first holdout, the deterioration of the relationship until the expected end, today.

And then, you have the “Band-Aid” contract signed during the Hard Knocks holdout. If you remember, Tanny basically acknowledged that it was an interim step on the road to a long-term contract for Darrelle. But that never happened, and it didn’t seem that the Jets were ever to keen on signing that deal. Whether there was dishonesty there or not, there was something there. Both sides had trouble with the other, and the relationship became so marred it couldn’t be fixed.

So much so, Darrelle actually signed a contract with zero guaranteed money, to be in a better situation for himself than being with us.

So bottom line, the trade had to happen. Both sides treated each other poorly, and it led to the ultimate relationship end, divorce. To follow that analogy, it wasn’t an amicable divorce, but the judge made the terms of separation acceptable to both parties, and one party is free to go after relationships in Florida, while the other party stays to pick up the pieces.

John Idzik got what he could for Darrelle. That’s all we could ask for.

Tomorrow, we will look back at Darrelle’s career in New York.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    absolutely right, alan. there was a point where i thought we might be able to keep him, due to the ton of cap space we’ll have next year, but what’s the point? he’s not worth 16 mil a year. and what if he comes back better than ever? does he then want more? why don’t woody just give him a blank check and let him fill it out. it’s like when the cardinals lost pujols. at his age, for those years, at that money, the team is better off without him. we are too. good riddance. i’m glad it’s over. um, you might wanna do that look back on the thirteenth pick now. :-)

    • TheJetPress

      Exactly right. The way he is about money, there is no telling what he would ask for if he had stayed, and then played well again. He is a wonderful football player, but far too much of a “me” guy to keep around. Just can’t do it.

      I am way ahead of you by the way…you will see my look back at the 13th pick tomorrow afternoon. See, great minds think alike! LOL

      • matr dontelli iii

        I very rarely use lol because I rarely laugh out loud over something I read on a message. This time, however, it’s appropriate. Lol! Keep up the good work. Btw – I can’t believe how many people think they should have given him that kinda money! That’s how we got into this rebuilding (sorta) position. Irresponsible spending. IIWT

        • TheJetPress

          Thanks. I agree with you, its easy for people to spend money when its not their own you know?

          • matr dontelli iii

            I know exactly what you mean. I love spending other people’s money!

          • TheJetPress

            it’s fun! did you hear revis said the Jets lied to him now? The more he talks, the happier I am that he is gone.

          • matr dontelli iii

            my brother had the tv on and there was something like that going on. i said “i’m just so glad he’s gone and it’s over with.” i don’t understand people leaving places they claim they want to be for money they cannot possibly spend in their lifetimes. i just cannot understand that. for money he will never spend he gets to play for greg schiano. greg schiano instead of rex ryan! give me a break.

          • TheJetPress

            Its the truth. When you after every last $, it makes the statement that you want to be a “Jet for Life” a heck of a lot less credible. To be fair, I get the idea that football players need to make the most money possible as soon as they can. They have a limited window. But still, the Jets didn’t owe him anything. See ya!