Woody Johnson might have been the driving force behind the Darrelle Revis union two years ago, but he didn’t exactly throw his support behind the fading cornerback moving forward.
The Jets owner sidestepped rumors that he felt betrayed by the underachieving Revis after signing him to a blockbuster five-year, $70 million deal that included $39 million in guarantees.
“My feeling towards Darrelle is different, I think,” Johnson said on Thursday. “He’s going to be Hall of Famer the day out (when he retires), there’s no question. He’s one of the best players to ever put on a Jets uniform, that’s for sure. Or any uniform. He had such an unbelievable talent. It wasn’t his best year. But a lot of guys didn’t have good years this year. So, my hat’s off to Darrelle. Great career.”
Would Johnson want Revis, whose selective effort and poor production were parts of the problem during this miserable five-win season, back in 2017?
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“I like Darrelle,” Johnson said, “But it’s up to the coaches and general manager to decide whether ... how he fits and all that.”
Revis’ production (five passes defensed and one meaningless interception in Week 17) obviously wasn’t nearly enough given his team-high $17 million salary in 2016. His half-hearted and inconsistent effort was plain to see throughout the season. He repeatedly shied away from contact.
He made no impact on gamedays.
“He has high expectations for himself,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said Thursday. “I don’t think he necessarily played to how he felt his expectations were for this season. ... We also have high expectations for him in terms of his play.”
Revis said last week that he has discussed transitioning to safety next season with Todd Bowles, but will he get that chance with the Jets? The organization will have to decide whether to ask Revis, who will turn 32 this offseason, to take a severe pay cut down to $6 million (the fully guaranteed portion of the $15 million he’s scheduled to make in 2017) or simply release him.
“We liked him when we signed him,” Maccagnan said of the long-term deal that looks pretty bad these days. “He holds himself to a high standard. There’s expectations we had for him… I don’t think he – again, he may say this himself - he probably didn’t feel as good as his season last year like he thought his standards were.”
Maccagnan admitted that the brain trust will “sit down with” Revis to discuss whether a position change makes the sense.
“Those are things we’ll look at this offseason and make a determination moving forward,” Maccagnan said.Send a Letter to the Editor