Tim Cowlishaw is officially backtracking after he Tweeted with absolute certainty that Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets would announce a new deal on or around Wednesday. Huge surprise, right? Maybe Cowlishaw really did have a trusted source that told him the deal was a lock, but it was your typical “if I’m right I’ll have bragging rights and if I’m wrong it will blow over in no time” type of situation.
Naturally, Revis remains unsigned and absent from the cast of Hard Knocks. If nothing else, I’m going to give Cowlishaw some respect for manning up and admitting he’s wrong. After all, it’s just as easy to pull a Paul Pierce and claim your Twitter account was hacked. Here are some chunks from Cowlishaws kinda-sorta apology about the Tweet on his Dallas Morning News blog:
The words “I think” would have gone a long way towards expressing my feelings although on Sunday I felt them very strongly and wasn’t worried about being wrong. This deal, I truly believed, was almost done.
And I certainly didn’t do it to stir things up, to make life miserable for Jets beat writers or to call attention to myself. My position as a columnist at The Dallas Morning News and on ESPN’s Around the Horn has given me more attention than I will ever need.
In Revis’ case, he isn’t going to sign with a rival like the Giants or the Patriots. This story is not going to have that unhappy of an ending for Jets fans. One way or another, new long-term megadeal like a Pittsburgh radio station reported Tuesday, or same old deal he already has in place, Revis is going to be a Jet.
We just don’t know the date.
It could still turn out to be this Saturday which is what I was originally told (“Wednesday or Saturday”).
And if it happens….I won’t bring it up.
Not sure I believe that he wasn’t doing it to stir things up. What other reason is there for doing it? Yes, it’s his job to bring accurate, interesting information to the public. But the idea is to create a buzz and be right about it, so saying he didn’t do it for that reason is a complete lie. Oh yeah, and the whole “I won’t bring it up” thing? We’ll just see about that.
One way or another, Darrelle Revis will be a Jet [Dallas Morning News]