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Darrelle Revis sharing inside information on New York Jets with Bucs

Darrelle RevisDarrelle Revis was traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason, and wouldn’t you know, the teams will meet during Week 1 of the NFL season.

One thing the Jets probably didn’t count on when they made the trade was Revis using his inside information to help beat his former team, which is exactly what the cornerback is doing.

According to Tampa Bay Times Bucs reporter Rick Stroud, Revis said Wednesday that he is sharing his knowledge of the Jets with his new teammates to help them prepare.

“I know these guys…I got a bunch of tips on these guys and the good thing about it, I’ve been sharing them. We’ll come in this game real comfortable just the experience of me knowing these guys,” Revis said of his old and new teammates.

Revis also says he’s talking with Tampa’s offensive coordinator to give him information on what the Jets’ defense does.

“I’ll spill the beans and let him know what we used to run.. what things coach Ryan might do. It’s almost like stealing a little bit. That’s what you’ve got to do.”

Well, that certainly is nice and all that Revis will be sharing the information with his new team, but this is the Jets we’re talking about. Is anyone really too concerned with them? Do you even have to worry about “stealing” when they’re going to be using Geno Smith at quarterback? Probably not. But this is just more reason to anticipate a big Bucs win, even if they are on the road.

Darrelle Revis: Richard Sherman should ‘quit attaching his career to mine’

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has plenty to worry about at the moment. He is reportedly progressing nicely in his rehab from ACL surgery and is targeting a return in the regular season opener. However, we have learned over the past six months that he is never too busy to talk about Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman.

Sherman and Revis are widely considered to be the two best shutdown defensive backs in the league, and they do not like each other. Sherman began the feud back in January when he randomly posted stats on Twitter trying to prove that he is superior to Revis. On Wednesday, Revis touched on the subject once again.

“He needs to quit attaching his career to my career,” Revis told USA TODAY Sports. “A lot of people need to have respect for this game. I’m not just talking about him. Respect what people have done to pave the way. Deion paved the way. Rod Woodson paved the way. Darrell Green. Mel Blount. Champ Bailey. Charles Woodson. Yeah, we’re the next group, but you don’t need to be getting into it with me.”

Last time Revis ripped Sherman he accused him of running his mouth like a little girl, so he wasn’t quite as animated this time. His point is that the whole Revis-Sherman feud shouldn’t be bigger than the game. Both players are young and neither is a Hall of Famer just yet.

“At the end of the day, this is a fraternity,” Revis continued. “We’re all in this together, competing. But you don’t have to shoot nobody else down. You can’t crown yourself as anything in this league. You’ve got to earn it.”

If Sherman’s last comments about Revis are true, he should, in theory, ignore Revis’ latest smack talk. Personally, I wouldn’t mind having either cornerback anchoring my defense. Assuming Revis comes back healthy, you might as well flip a coin.

Darrelle Revis reportedly paid Mark Barron $50,000 for jersey No. 24

Darrelle-RevisDarrelle Revis will be wearing an unfamiliar jersey when he kicks off the 2013 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he will reportedly be wearing a familiar number thanks to his incredibly deep pockets. Last season, the Bucs’ No. 24 jersey was worn by safety Mark Barron. Now, the Bucs’ website lists Barron as No. 23. Revis had a lot to do with that.

According to Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, Revis paid Barron a whopping $50,000 for the number.

“A well-placed source tells me that the amount Darrelle Revis paid to Mark Barron in order to get Barron to give up No. 24 was — get this — $50,000,” Lukas said Tuesday. “Is that a record? Is it not even close? Has anyone been tracking these uni number transactions over the years?”

Revis is scheduled to earn nearly $15 million between salary and bonuses with the Bucs this season, so he can certainly afford that kind of scratch. That being said, $50,000 is still $50,000. Most of us would be lucky to make around $50,000 in a year, let alone paying that amount of money for something as trivial as a jersey number.

Revis and Barron aren’t the first players to strike a deal for a jersey this offseason, but Patriots safety Adrian Wilson got off much cheaper in his agreement with Kyle Arrington. Barron would have been stupid to not take that deal.

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Darrelle Revis reportedly spends last days in NYC partying in clubs

Darrelle-RevisDarrelle Revis is heading from The Big Apple to God’s waiting room. I’m sure there is plenty to do in the great city of Tampa Bay, but you’re probably more likely to come across a pair of a Mickey Mouse ears or a shuffleboard court than a trendy nightclub in most parts of Florida. So Revis is making the most of his last days in New York.

Revis, who was traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the weekend, reportedly spent his final days in New York City club hopping and partying all night. According to the NY Post’s Page Six, Revis and some friends cheered for the Knicks on Saturday before raging into the wee hours of the morning.

After the game, Revis headed to Chelsea for a Sunset Saturday party at PH-D rooftop lounge. He was seen arriving at the Dream Downtown at about 6:15 p.m. with a crew of two guys and five gals in tow. ‘Revis’ group stayed for a few hours and hung with fans,’ a spy said. The player signed a six-year, $96 million contract to move to the Bucs, so he had more than enough to splurge on champagne.”

Revis clearly has hard feelings toward the Jets as he starts the next phase of his career, but it’s nice to hear he was hanging out with some fans. The members of Jet Nation have nothing to do with the business decisions made by the team. Woody Johnson and John Idzik may not deserve an expensive glass of champagne, but the fans who supported a team that repeatedly came up short sure do.

Darrelle Revis: Jets lied to me, gave me the ‘corporate answer’

Darrelle Revis was traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, and it does not sound like the All-Pro corner is leaving his old team on positive terms. It seemed fairly clear that the Jets were trying to trade Revis since the offseason began, but Revis says that intention was never relayed directly to him.

On Monday, Revis told reporters that the Jets consistently lied to him.

“Definitely I feel like I haven’t gotten the truth,” Revis said, via Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. “Anybody can sit here and tell you to your face, ‘Yeah, you’re going to be a Jet.’ But what’s the truth out of it. What’s really true?”

“You just want the truth of the situation. You don’t people to be dangling information or giving false information. Just tell the truth.”

Revis said the team had not been upfront with him since hiring general manager John Idzik. In fact, he recalled a recent conversation with Idzik when he was asked what he felt was a ridiculous question. According to Revis, Idzik asked him if he wants to remain a Jet.

“Why would you ask me that question?” Revis responded. “He gave me some other corporate answer about something else. I know it’s a lie. … I call it the corporate answer. The truth is the truth. Just tell the truth because people want to know what’s going on. I want to know what’s going on with my career whether you’re trading me or you’re not. But whatever you’re doing, just let me know.”

As we know, it is not always that simple. The Jets had to give off the impression that they were not desperate to trade Revis if they wanted to maintain any type of leverage. If Revis feels they should have told him they were looking to trade him and trusted him to keep quiet about it, that’s a different story.

Over the past couple of years, many people have accused Revis of only caring about money. Warren Sapp basically said it on Sunday when asked if he feels the Bucs made a good move. Of course, Revis disagrees with that notion.

“I never said I’m looking for the most money,” he explained. “Whatever I do out on that field, you should compensated for. That’s just not me. That’s any player in this league. I didn’t make this system up. I didn’t make this system of who’s supposed to get paid $25 million, $10 million… I put my body out there on the line and I play. I do it pretty well, so you should get compensated for what you want.”

Bottom line: none of it matters now. Revis is a Tampa Bay Buc. Like with any other ugly relationship that comes to an end in the world of professional sports, it’s time to move forward.

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Warren Sapp rips Darrelle Revis: ‘He’s selfish and he’s never been a team player’

When you move past the fact that Darrelle Revis is coming off major knee surgery and will be making more money than any defensive back in NFL history, he looks like a steal for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you’re going to give up a first-round pick, you might as well do so for arguably the best cornerback in the league.

However, not all fans, players and former players are sold on Tampa’s new acquisition. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp doesn’t feel that Revis contributes to a championship formula.

“He’s selfish and he’s never been a team player,” Sapp told The Tampa Tribune on Sunday. “We didn’t win the championship that way. Derrick Brooks and I always cared more about the team than ourselves.”

Former Bucs safety John Lynch, who was also part of a championship-caliber defense in Tampa, offered a different opinion.

“I played with Champ Bailey in his prime and I know what a cornerback like Revis can do for a defense,” Lynch said. “Like Champ, Revis is a guy who can neutralize No. 1 receivers, so you don’t have to dedicate extra resources to stopping that guy. Darrelle Revis is a big-time football player. … He’s a game-changer.”

You could certainly make the argument that Revis has been overly concerned with his contract since coming into the league, but it was the Jets that wanted to get rid of him. He has performed like the best cornerback in the NFL over the past several years and New York did not want to pay him accordingly. That’s the team’s prerogative, but I don’t know if I’d label him “selfish” based solely on that. Then again, there a lot of things Sapp says that I don’t totally agree with.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Jets reportedly forcing Darrelle Revis to attend team workouts to collect bonus

If the New York Jets are unable to trade Darrelle Revis before the start of training camp, it won’t be due to a lack of effort on their part. New York is trying to move Revis and get some value in return rather than having to let him leave via free agency, but that doesn’t mean they are making him exempt from team rules.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the Jets are forcing Revis to attend team workouts beginning on April 15 if he wants to collect his $3 million bonus. The 27-year-old corner has been working with his personal trainer in Arizona to rehab his surgically-repaired knee, and he would reportedly prefer to stay there. At the very least, Revis wants to wait until after the draft to see if the team is able to trade him.

But that is apparently not going to happen. There is language in Revis’ contract stating that he is required to attend voluntary workouts in order to collect his bonus money, and New York plans to hold him to it. If Revis doesn’t attend roughly 80% of the workouts, he will forfeit a $1 million workout bonus, a $1 million roster bonus and a $1 million reporting bonus at the start of mandatory workouts.

“We have a fine medical staff. We have a great training staff,” GM John Idzik said back in February. “We have tremendous facilities, so we feel that we have a lot to offer Darrelle and all of our players. We would hope that they would be there, but at the end of the day, it’s what’s best for Darrelle, how can we get him to clear medically and get back to the field to where he was before as quickly as possible.”

The belief is that having Revis attend voluntary workouts will prove that he is making progress and potentially strengthen the Jets’ position in trade talks. While we’re talking about the business side of the NFL, you can understand how Revis might feel uncomfortable being around teammates that will likely no longer be his teammates in about a month or so. However, I think he can manage if it means collecting an extra $3 million.

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