Revis Comes Back to the Jets

In a scene right out of professional wretling, Darrelle Revis and the Jets have mended fences after a two year split and Revis is “coming home” to wash out the taste of the last two years. According to Manish Mehta its a big deal with $48 million in the first three years and $70 million as the total contract value.

It’s a bit of an odd contract in that the last two years are actually designed to push the value of the contract down from an annual value perspetive, which is often not the case, at least not to this extent. It gives the Jets a sense of a “compromise” on the deal while also being some type of bagaining chip in future negotiations with younger players who would be productive at the back end.  Revis can also claim he took less than his worth to come back to the team he loved. At heart this is a 3 year deal for $16 million, the number Revis always craves. In many ways the deal is the contract that Revis wanted, at east on the front end, in 2010 when the relationship between the team and player began to go bad.

Speaking as a Jets fan I think this was a move the team had to make. This isn’t a football move. This is about recapturing a fanbase that was disgusted with the Jets the last two years, primarily in 2014. It is well known that Revis made an attempt to come back last season to the Jets but the Jets wouldnt really even take the call. When things got so bad at the end of the year owner Woody Johnson basically came out and said if he knew Revis would have played for $12 million last season he would have made the move for him. That is going to open the Jets up to tampering charges since Revis was under contract at the time, but coming off the darkest run since 95-96 he had little option.

Because the Jets spent no money the last two seasons and built up a giant salary cap surplus the move really has no negative repercussions financially. They have so much space that adding one player at $16M per year in cap dollars isn’t a major problem, especially with no viable QB on the roster that will be due an extension. By the time they find a QB Revis will either be off the team or making $11 million per year, a much more manageable number.

Revis played his hand perfectly last year, which was something I talked about when he signed with New England. The cornerback market was depressed and Revis came off a lame season in Tampa Bay that saw limited interest. He wisely took what he expected to be a one year contract (though he almost outsmarted himself by continuing to aim for the $16 million metric) to allow Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman reset the cornerback market. The minute you saw Byron Maxwell and Kareem Jackson getting huge money you knew Revis was going to score big if he got to free agency.

We’ll see where things go for the Jets, but their new front office is off to the kind of start that will keep them popular with fans and media of the team. Thats important to surviving the town and making it look like you are making every effort to get better fast. The team has made moves that are reminiscent of the Mike Tannenbaum run in 2008 and 2009 that completely remade the image of the team from the Herman Edwards/Chad Pennington group to the Rex Ryan/Revis group that nearly made the Super Bowl.  Nobody can predict the future but it’s at least a start in changing the culture of the team.

  • Tyler Ferree

    REVIS ISLAND!!!

    That doesn’t prove Jason’s point at all i don’t know what you are talking about.

  • McGeorge

    Had the Jets not wasted 15MM guaranteed on David Harris, or all that money on that idiotic contract with Buster Skrine, I’d be ok with this.
    But the Jets have acted like idiots, wasting all that unused cap space.

    I think Maccagnan is not a good GM and a poor evaluator of talent. Is he as bad as Idzik? Probably not. As bad as Tannenbaum? Maybe.

    I sure hope the Jets draft well, because it looks like they got another turkey as a GM.

    • Tyler Ferree

      Skrine may get the Tyrann Matheiu treatment, move to safety and cover slot recievers from time to time.

      That may just have been an overvaluation of turnovers.

      • McGeorge

        Ok, lets hope he can be good cover safety, because they are paying him a lot.
        I’d rather not have signed David Harris, and instead used that money plus what they are paying Skrines, to get Devon McCourty.
        Better to have a star and a replacement ILB, than a below average CB/FS and a slow old ILB.

        • Tyler Ferree

          Skrine’s issues are really just penalties and to a lesser extent size, more snaps covering the slot as well as players like Julian Edleman. And McCourtey never hit the market so that wouldn’t have happened, though Harris’s contract still makes no sense.

  • ConservativeChas

    After this contract and its $16 MM cap hit for 2015, you still show the Jets at $30 MM under the 2015 cap. Huh? How does that work?

    • Joshua Richard

      They had over 46 million still available after cutting Harvin

  • buk

    With Suh off the board I agree a move Jets had to make. It also finally shuts up all the naysayers who said Revis never would have signed with Jets last year essentially defending Idzik and Woody not placing a call to his agent. Skrine can make plays and Revis is still pro bowl caliber. Jets also have 5 1st rd picks under 30 on that defense with Mo,Richardson,Coples,Milliner and Pryor. If it comes together under Bowles the Jet defense could be tops in entire AFC and they might not be done.

    • McGeorge

      Coples, Miliner, and Pryor?
      I wouldn’t count on any of them.

      Miliner missed most of last season. He is going to take a lot of this season to get up to speed, so I wouldn’t expect much from him. Pryor wasn’t very good his rookie year. Hopefully he improves, but we can’t assume that. Coples has “talent” so what? He doesn’t perform and the coaches don’t play him all the time. He hasn’t earned playing time.
      3 under achiving 1st round picks (thanks Rex/tannenbam/Idzik)

      • Tyler Ferree

        Pryor was always going to need a full offseason, most of his issues are things that are fixable with good coaching.

        • McGeorge

          I hope so. That implies the coaching under the Rex regime was sub par, and I can believe it.
          Pryor is weak in coverage and takes bad angles.
          I hope he gets better, but wouldn’t be surprised if he turns out to be a mediocre player at best.

          • Tyler Ferree

            And those were his issues coming out, and the half offseason rookies get wasn’t going to be enough to really improve upon them regardless. I stand by my evaluation that he was the best safety in that draft, but would need a year, and that was really what played out, he was a wrecking ball in the run game who would miss play things here and there and need to work on his coverage technique.

          • McGeorge

            Fair enough – lets see how he evaluates by the end of the 2015 season.
            Hopefully he improves a lot. I’d be very happy to eat my words if he develops into a very good safety.

  • buk

    I don’t understand releasing Harvin today instead of the 18th. The Bills and Pats are showing interest and they are both in our division. It makes no sense unless Harvin and Jets had tacit agreement that they would at least give Jets chance to match or beat another team’s offer. Harvin on Jets at 10 mil per was the problem, at best he’s a 7 to 8 mil player.
    I’m still concerned about the Bills because clearly they are not done. It looks like they will try to sign Miami TE Clay or Harvin. Harvin, McCoy and Watkins could be a pretty dynamic trio.

    • McGeorge

      I’m not concerned with the Bills as long as they have Rex and their incompetent GM Whaley.
      let them spend $$$$ on Harvin.
      I’m still bummed the jets spent so much on Harris and that new CB Buster Skrines.