The New York Jets tampered with NFL rules prior to signing Darrelle Revis a couple years ago and were fined $100,000 for it. It seems it was worse than we thought.What do you do when you want a player to return to your team? You break the rules. The New York Jets apparently broke many NFL rules to get cornerback Darrell Revis to come back in 2015.
At the time Revis was playing for the New England Patriots and had just won a Super Bowl. Jets owner Woody Johnson made it known through the public that he would love to have Revis back. However, what the NFL fined them for doesn’t cover everything. Apparently, they did much more than we all suspected.
Gang Green called the cornerback through private cell phones and had face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 scouting combine in order to sign him, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
“Johnson’s words at that December press conference became the face of the tampering that ultimately prompted a $100,000 fine, but back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion,” Mehta wrote Monday. “Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team’s landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.
The cornerback signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Jets. After the signing, NFL investigators questioned Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan and others about possible tampering. The Jets were fined $100,000 for the tampering.
On Sunday, a video, which was obtained by TMZ Sports, emerged, showing two men knocked out on a sidewalk while a man, supposedly, Revis, brags about having just knocked them out. Darrell has denied that he is the guy in the video. He has been charged with four felonies for the street fight.
Revis didn’t have a good year this past season as he had 53 combined tackles and one interception.