The Jets are leaking to the New York media that they’re going to make a strong move to sign Darrelle Revis. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Manish Mehta, NY Daily News – Woody Johnson is positioned to pull off a coup by bringing back a defensive force that will bolster his wayward franchise.
The Daily News has learned that Johnson has been involved in serious internal discussions with Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan to make a push for perennial All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis if/when he becomes a free agent next week. …
There are few images more nauseating in Florham Park than Revis hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in a Patriots uniform, but Johnson can electrify everyone from his fan base to his players and coaches by reacquiring one of the NFL’s biggest difference makers at the exact right time. …
Johnson’s admission the day he fired [head coach Rex Ryan and [GM] John Idzik in December that he’d ‘love to have Darrelle back’ prompted a hissy fit by the Patriots that resulted in a formal tampering charge against the Jets. Although Johnson’s words were harmless ‘ he didn’t even know who the new GM and head coach would be when he praised Revis in response to a direct question ‘ it makes perfect sense now to help the organization land a dynamic player, who will yield myriad benefits.
Manish Mehta joined
MFin’B MFB Tuesday afternoon and repeated what he wrote here, which is that Woody Johnson wasn’t tampering. To review: The owner of one team stands before the assembled media and announced to the world that he lusts after a player who not plays for a division opponent (I’m pretty sure at this point the word “rival” no longer applies), but who was in the process of getting ready for a Super Bowl run and oh, by the way, is under contract with that team.
But that’s “harmless.” And if anyone suggests it’s tampering, like say, the team that holds the 2015 club option for Darrelle Revis, well they’re just having “a hissy fit.”
Look, I don’t know exactly how the NFL’s bylaws define tampering, but I do know how dictionary.com does: “to engage in underhand or corrupt dealings, especially in order to influence improperly.” And Woody Johnson‘s open open coveting of Revis weeks before he and the Pats would start talking about an extension not only violates that definition, I’m pretty sure it violates a couple of the Ten Commandments.
Of course Mehta doubled down on the “Woody Johnson is a dumb Lucky Spermer who can’t be held accountable for the nonsense that comes out of his mouth.” But what good does pleading ignorance do the Patriots if Revis’ agents are being sent every signals short of morse code that the Jets will pay him stupid money to come to New York and them get from four wins to five next year?
If Johnson saying what he did in December, and then the Jets leaking this to the Daily News now isn’t tampering, then tampering is not a thing. And if it isn’t, it’s time for the Patriots to list every good player in the NFL and saying they’ll pay them anything to get them to come to New England. Then again, they can’t hide behind the stupidity defense the way Woody can.