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Revis should have been cut by Jets before Pittsburgh incident

Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) on the sideline during second half against Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-16.
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Oct 23, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) on the sideline during second half against Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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Veteran Darrelle Revis was charged with four first-degree felonies & a misdemeanor on Friday. He should’ve been cut by the New York Jets before the incident.

If you haven’t heard the buzz surrounding the Darrelle Revis news, I’ll provide a bit of context. Supposedly, these two guys (let’s say ‘A’ and ‘B’), were asking the cornerback if he was really Revis from the New York Jets. After saying he was in fact Darrelle Revis, man ‘A’ pulled out a phone and started to record the Pittsburgh alumni, because everyone’s first instinct in the world is to do this. My father hates it. Anyway, time passed, Revis got fed up, took man ‘A’s phone, and attempted to delete the video that was being recorded. Revis threw the phone in the road, and man ‘B’ got involved.

The cornerback then supposedly knocked the two guys out. The police then were involved, the men were interviewed, etc. Revis turned himself in Friday, now has a new lawyer, and awaits his fate.

Why this should not change the fact that Revis should be cut

His play last year… or lack there of

I used to defend Mark Sanchez after he threw a pick; blaming his receiving group consisting of Braylon Edwards, David Clowney, and Stephen Hill to name a few throughout the years. But, this past year with Revis was totally different. I couldn’t find a reason to defend him.

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Last year was a complete joke and more than an embarrassment to the Jets’ fanbase. If you know anything about this franchise, it’s nothing new. What should be completely clear, is that the altercation Revis was involved in shouldn’t be the reason that he gets cut. Sure, it adds to the fire that was set in a dumpster last year, but the man isn’t what he was four years ago.

One interception, five pass deflections, and multiple accounts of being burnt by seemingly everyone. There’s a recap of Revis’ 2016 campaign. His five pass deflections tallied the second-worst marking in the category in his career. Revis had three deflections back in 2012 in the two games he played before rupturing an Achilles.

He had less motivation than a koala (laziest animal in the world, per Web Chutney)

My goodness. Watching the defense gets shanked in the sides every week was already an eyesore. Watching Revis get burnt like toast by guys like Marquise Goodwin and Terrelle Pryor was worse. “But Jaiden, there can’t be anything more torturous than this, can there?” Yes. There is. Watch any game of your liking from this season. Look at the body language of Revis. Watch him pout and play 750 yards off of his man on a 3rd and short.

Excuses?

We then got reports of discussion regarding moving Revis to safety next year or sometime in the future. It’s like the once-dominant island that Revis ruled, was happy with allowing player after player stay on the forsaken territory. Fans were told by Revis “my body’s breaking down.” We had heard the excuses for his poor play, and there are reasonable ones. Injury, the inevitable concept to age and time, and just the transformation of the NFL as a whole. But, to come out and say something week in and week out, is exhausting to hear. Go out and play how we know you play. Look like you’re having fun playing a game and making millions of dollars while doing it.

The moolah factor (cha-ching!)

According to Spotrac, the Jets can save about $9M by cutting Revis. This can really help New York in terms of bringing in free agents and trying to rebuild what has been so broken in the term of one year. The offensive line, secondary, defensive line, and the quarterback position all need support. We know this. Cutting Revis, a veteran who has shown great regression, can bring in people who can help. Losing one for three or four (hypothetically speaking) is a deal I’d sign immediately.

Here’s the bottom line. Cut Revis. Plain and simple. The man played with no enthusiasm and created excuse after excuse for his downplay. He’s 31. Cutting him should’ve already been of consideration before his mugshot took over social media. Let some other team sign him if the NFL even allows it now.

“But this incident also calls into question his future in the NFL altogether. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported Thursday night that many NFL executives are wondering if Revis will retire if the Jets cut him.” –Sean Wagner-McGough, CBSsports.com

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Revis’ fate in the NFL is now up for questioning, but his time with the Jets should’ve already been cut short after the season concluded.

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