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Jets fans feel sting of Patriots’ Revis signing

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  March 13, 2014 07:48 AM

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The New York Jets had some big news to announce Wednesday evening.

Neat.

No disrespect to Giacomini, one of the top offensive lineman for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks last season, but the announcement, of course, came on the heels of a report some 20 minutes earlier that the New England Patriots had landed Darrelle Revis, signing the former Jet and Buccaneer to a one-year, $12 million deal after his release by Tampa Bay late Wednesday afternoon. Let’s just say it didn’t have Jets fans conjuring images of January in the Meadowlands.

J-E-T-S, L-O-L.

The New York Giants’ stadium tenant did add wide receiver Eric Decker to the mix later in the evening, signing the former Denver Bronco to a reported five-year, $36.25 million contract, but that news was overlooked in the panic that was Revis-to-the Patriots, whom second-year Jets quarterback Geno Smith will now have to face twice next season with the best cornerback in the game on the field.

The reaction from New York was indeed something to behold.

Gary Myers, New York Daily News:

Revis has never been a big fan of Belichick, which is now about to change.

Two years ago in the offseason, Revis was asked to play a word association game on television.

“Bill Belichick,” the host on ESPN said.

“Jerk,” Revis said.

“Whoa,” the host said.

“Jerk,” Revis said again.

Asked to elaborate why he felt that way, Revis said, “Some of the comments he says about the Jets.”

If Revis can help the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Belichick won’t care at all what Revis called him, and if Revis can get a ring with the Patriots, he won’t care about how he felt Belichick disrespected the Jets.

One year ago, I presented a scenario where Revis could end up in New England in 2014 if he played out his contract with the Jets. “It’s not that far-fetched,” an NFL source said at the time. “It would not shock me if he’s in a Patriots uniform next year.”

He took a circuitous route through Tampa to get to Foxborough. Maybe the Jets can name an island after Dee Milliner.

Here’s the ESPN segment with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski that Myers refers to:

Rich Cmini, ESPN New York:

It surely is a nightmare for Jets Nation, seeing one of the best players in team history join forces with the Evil Empire to the northeast. It was a brilliant move by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, doling out a steep, but not-so-outrageous contract for one of the top corners in the NFL -- a move that has Jets fans asking, “Why didn’t we sign him?”

Don’t beat yourself up. It was never going to happen. Not ever.

Revis never wanted to return to the Jets; it was always the Patriots. He started thinking about the Patriots a year ago, when his bitter divorce from the Jets became imminent. It took him a year to reach his desired destination, enduring one miserable, but profitable ($16 million) season in Tampa, but he’s in position now to haunt the Jets, collect a bunch of money and maybe reach the Super Bowl.

Bob Glauber, Newsday:

Maybe Revis comes back to haunt the Jets this year, maybe not. But this just wasn't the right time for a one-year deal with a player who would put the team in the same position next year, not knowing whether you could count on him or not.

Revis reportedly would have loved the chance to be back with his old team. At $12 million for one year, the Jets weren't in the market, choosing to go younger and cheaper to build over the long term.

Sure, it'll hurt Jets fans to see him twice next season. But now they won't be held hostage a year from now wondering where Revis might head next.

Steve Serby, New York Post:

Belichick, as of Wednesday night, had in the neighborhood of $18 million in cap space after cutting defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga. It meant he was maneuvering. It meant he was restless. It has been a decade since he won his last Super Bowl. The Great White is hungry, and he is desperate.

Darrelle Revis is a New England Patriot.

Read it and weep, Jets Nation.

Manish Mehta, New York Daily News:

Revis had told friends that he wanted to return to play for Ryan, who was his biggest fan. It’s believed that the coach who built his defense around Revis for years shared the same feeling.

However, Jets management and ownership weren’t amenable to bringing back Revis after their past rocky relationship.

Revis, who returned to the Pro Bowl in his first season after suffering a torn ACL, would have been the perfect piece for Ryan again.

Now, the Jets will face the best player in the Ryan era twice a year, a painful reminder of a bungled decision and flawed mindset.

The Patriot Way always seems to be the better way than their way.

Oh, buck up, Jets fans. It may not be Revis Island, but you still have a Giacomini Sandbar to look forward to.

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Eric Wilbur is a Boston.com sports columnist who is still in awe of what Dana Kiecker pulled off that one time in Toronto. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. Comments and suggestions for the best Buffalo wing spots are encouraged.

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