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New York Jets overpay for return of Darrelle Revis


After two seasons away from the team that selected him in the 2007 NFL Draft, a forgettable 2013 season playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Super Bowl winning 2014 season playing for AFC East rival New England Patriots, Darrelle Revis, arguably the best cornerback in the National Football League, has returned to the New York Jets, but at what cost?

The Jets have reportedly signed Revis to a five-year, $70 million contract with $39 million in guaranteed money yesterday.  The Patriots and other teams were reportedly after Revis as well, but at the price that the Jets returned Revis Island to New York, I can’t blame the other teams for dropping out of the Revis race.

While having one of the best front sevens in all of football, the Jets were one of the worst teams in the defensive backfield.  The acquisition of Darrelle Revis will allow head coach Todd Bowles, known for his defensive prowess, the ability to send additional pressure to opposing quarterbacks without worrying about a below-average cornerback being on an island defensively, as receivers have not had much success on it when it has been Revis Island.

From a financial standpoint, the Jets aren’t paying a lot of money at the quarterback position, with Geno Smith the best option right now, so in the immediacy, the team can handle the contract of Revis, especially after removing a big contract off the books by releasing wide receiver Percy Harvin yesterday, which saves $10.5 million.

With the Revis move, the Jets have now upgraded the team on the offensive side of the ball by trading for wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and by reacquiring a key defensive weapon.  But above all, perhaps the biggest accomplishment is re-energizing the fan base, as chants of ‘J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!’ could be heard from the die hards of Gang Green.  The Jets definitely overpaid for the return of Revis Island, but, for the upcoming season, it shouldn’t be a detriment to the team financially, and was a good move on many fronts.

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