NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets fans may want to stop reading. Now.
If you thought Darrelle Revis landing with Bill Belichick and the rival New England Patriots was bad, that’s nothing compared to what could end up being a long-term nightmare.
Revis agreed to a reported one-year, $12 million deal with the Patriots just hours after being released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday. But the 2014 fling could get serious — or seriously bad for Gang Green — with New England hoping to sign the three-time All-Pro to an even bigger contract, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
Revis was traded from New York to Tampa Bay just last year. More than a few Jets fans were clamoring for his return to the franchise that drafted him 14th overall in 2007.
On WFAN radio Thursday, former Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress called it “the ultimate slap in the face.”
“I’ve practiced against him and I know what he’s all about,” Burress said on the “Boomer & Carton” show. “For Tampa Bay to let him go really doesn’t make a lot of sense. You would think that he would come back to the Jets. But it’s kid of a slap in the face to go to New England.”
“That’s like me signing up to go play for Dallas or the Baltimore Ravens,” he added, referencing the biggest rivals of his former teams in New York — the Giants — and Pittsburgh.
Some die-hards on Twitter were even holding out hope that the 28-year-old would make his homecoming after this year’s stop in Foxboro. But others couldn’t ever envision a reunion with a franchise that endured two Revis holdouts and narrowly avoided a third in 2012.
Breer also reported that the Patriots can use the franchise tag on Revis after next season. Revis’ last contract with the Jets contained a no-franchise clause.
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