Jets inform Darrelle Revis of his impending release
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The Jets have informed cornerback Darrelle Revis of his impending release and wholesale jerseys NFL, the team announced Tuesday.
The move was fully expected after Revis was arraigned on five criminal charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a physical altercation earlier this month.
Coming off a nightmare season, Revis was due to count $15.3 million against the salary cap for an organization squarely in rebuilding mode. By cutting the 31-year-old, the Jets will save roughly $9 million in cap space.
“Darrelle Revis is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Jets uniform,” Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a statement released by the team. “His combination of talent, preparation and instincts is rare and helped him become one of the most dominant players of his generation. I appreciate Darrelle’s contributions to this organization and, wherever his career takes him, his home will always be here with the Jets.”
Speaking to the New York Post on Thursday, Jets coach Todd Bowles said the Jets’ decision to part ways with Revis had nothing to do with the criminal charges he faces. “It’s shocking because I know the man,” Bowles said about Revis being charged. “Forget the football player, I know the man.”
There’s a strong argument to be made that no cornerback ever played the position at a higher level than Revis did as the centerpiece of Rex Ryan’s defense from 2009 through 2011.
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That incredible 2009 season featured a career-high six interceptions and a league-best 31 passes defensed while holding a string of No. 1 receivers — Randy Moss jersey, Andre Johnson, Terrell Owens jersey, Chad Johnson jersey, Steve Smith and Roddy White — under 40 yards. Ryan went on to hail Revis’ brilliant campaign as the best year a cornerback has ever enjoyed.
In the prime of his career, no NFL player was more competitive, more intense or more prepared than Revis. He took it as an insult if his practice opponent was not properly preparing him for each game. He was often lauded for beating receivers to their spot and cheap NFL jerseys, running their routes as well as they did.
“Darrelle is the consummate professional,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday, “and one of the greatest to ever play the cornerback position.”
The Jets are signing former Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne to a one-year deal worth more than $5 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.
Dallas will be in the market for secondary help in next month’s cornerback-laden draft after losing both Claiborne and Brandon Carr in free agency.
Claiborne was ranked No. 44 overall in Around The NFL’s list of the Top 101 free agents.
With Revis out of the picture, the former LSU star should slot in opposite Buster Skrine in the starting lineup.
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Although Claiborne is coming off perhaps his finest season since being drafted No. 6 overall in 2012, it’s telling that he played just seven games before going down with a serious groin injury that sidelined him until the postseason. He has played more than 11 games just once in five NFL seasons.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that McCown was inked to a one-year, fully guaranteed $6 million pact, suggesting the veteran has a solid chance to start. Rapoport adds that McCown can earn up to $13 million in gameplay and performance incentives.
The move tugs the 37-year-old into a bottom-of-the-barrel quarterback room that includes third-year passer Bryce Petty and roaming enigma Christian Hackenberg.
The Jets are hardly a team trying to win next season. Facing a full-on rebuild, New York has the look of a club already peering ahead to next year’s quarterback-rich draft class.
With a 2-20 record over his past three seasons, McCown has bounced from one awful team to the next after shining as Jay Cutler’s backup with the Bears in 2013. He boasts a strong arm and plus athleticism — and he’s an excellent teammate — but McCown has been a walking M.A.S.H. unit over the past three seasons in Cleveland and Tampa Bay.
While McCown gives the team an experienced starter, the Jets easily could decide to get a long look at Petty — or even the tucked-away Hackenberg — before swinging for the fences on a rookie quarterback next offseason. Try to contain your excitement.