Jets Release Former All Star Corner Darrelle Revis
After bringing him back two years ago, the Jets have informed the former all star cornerback Darrelle Revis that he will be let go on March 9th, which is the first day of the league calendar. This came to a surprise for no one, as the former corner saw a very significant amount of decline in the 2016 season and is now accounted for $15.3 million in the 2017 salary cap. Let’s recap, he is 31 years old and didn’t really have any signs of the player he was in 2014. When he was with the Patriots, he had a great season but also had a lot of safety help because even the great Bellichek knows he isn’t the same corner that we are used to seeing, so why pay him so much money? Not blaming Maccagnan because he did a great job bringing in players but he paid Revis too much money for the player he used to be.
Revis' ouster came 11 days after he was charged with four felonies, including aggravated assault, stemming from his alleged role in a street fight in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He's due in court March 15 for a pre-trial hearing. Revis' legal issues didn't factor into the team's decision to release him, a source said, adding that it was "100 percent football related." The Jets are in rebuilding mode, and sources said the organization had decided weeks ago to release Revis.
In a span of four days, the Jets have released Revis and center Nick Mangold, two of the most accomplished players on this team. Although they will be missed, it had to be done because they just aren’t the same players like they used to be and the Jets are in rebuilding mode. Finally, they have are doing the right thing. Revis, a first-round pick in 2007, ascended to stardom early in his career and became known as the premier cornerback in the NFL. His ability to dominate the top receivers launched the "Revis Island" moniker. Revis also became known for his contract problems, and a bitter dispute led to his trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. The Jets received a first-round pick from the Bucs, which they used to select defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.