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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.

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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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Richard Sherman: Darrelle Revis is irrelevant in my mind

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There has been some speculation that the San Francisco 49ers would be in a good position to acquire Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets should they choose to make a run at him. If the Niners were to make a trade for Revis, one interesting thing to note would be that it would put him in the same division as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

About a month ago, Sherman randomly posted some stats on Twitter in an attempt to prove that he is a better corner than Revis. The Jets corner finally responded to Sherman’s call-out last week, and an epic Twitter battle between the two Pro Bowlers followed shortly thereafter. However, Sherman insists he does not think it would be a big deal if Revis joined him in the NFC West.

“It’d be fun either way, there’s always a rivalry there,” Sherman told 710 ESPN in Seattle when asked about the prospect of Revis being traded to San Francisco. “I still wouldn’t get to play against him directly so it wouldn’t really matter to me. I’m sure our receivers would have a little fun with him. But yeah, I don’t mind either way, he’s really irrelevant in my mind.”

If that were true, Sherman wouldn’t have taken the time to post those stats back in January or get into a heated argument with Revis on Twitter over who is the better corner. He clearly wants to be considered a superior player, and it’s obvious he keeps a close eye on what Revis is doing and has done throughout his career. At this point, Sherman is well past the point of being able to play it cool.

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49ers will reportedly pursue Darrelle Revis

Think about how dangerous the San Francisco 49ers are on defense. Now think about how much worse it could get for opposing offenses if they added Darrelle Revis to the mix.

By trading Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, the Niners are expected to add a second-round draft pick to the stockpile of selections they already have in 2013. If Kansas City sends a second-rounder to San Francisco, that will give Jim Harbaugh’s team 12 picks in the upcoming draft. More importantly, the trade gives them five of the top 93 picks.

With a divorce between Revis and the New York Jets looking more inevitable by the day, the Niners have put themselves in a prime position to offer the type of compensation New York would be seeking in exchange for its star corner. As Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports pointed out, the Niners have expressed interest in a number of top cornerbacks already, so they are certainly in the market for one. In 1994, San Francisco signed some guy named Deion Sanders to a one-year contract and went on to win the Super Bowl.

According to CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge, it is widely believed that it would take at least a first-round pick to pry Revis away from the Jets. However, a number of GMs feel that a second-round pick would be a good place to start, given the fact that Revis is coming off major knee surgery and New York seems to have no intention of keeping him around after his contract expires next season.

For what it’s worth, Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter does not see the Niners acquiring Revis. Trotter said that the team does not typically do the one-year rental thing and doubts they would shell out the necessary cash to keep Revis long-term.

The Niners marched their way to the Super Bowl earlier this month, but their secondary was torched in the playoffs. Joe Flacco threw for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the big game, which is one of the reasons the Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl champions. Whether San Fran is willing to pay what it will take to get Revis remains to be seen. But if they do pull the trigger, the best team in the NFC will get that much better.

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Jets reportedly did not meet with Darrelle Revis’ agents at Combine

Another day, another sign that the marriage between Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets could be ending in a divorce sooner rather than later. At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, tram executives and agents typically spend a good amount of time discussing player contracts and exploring new options prior to the official start of free agency. This did not happen with Revis’ agents and the Jets.

The NY Daily News reports that the Jets brass, including owner Woody Johnson, head coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik, avoided the Revis camp and did not attempt to make any type of contact with the star cornerback’s agents during the Combine. The two groups were reportedly staying at hotels that are a six-minute walk apart.

Revis’ agent, Neil Schwartz, said that he was in Indianapolis with his partner for five days before they left on Monday. Neither he nor the Jets would confirm whether or not the two camps met. The NY Daily News noted that Idzik and company met with representatives for Santonio Holmes, Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland, Austin Howard, Shonn Greene and LaRon Landry during the week but chose not to meet with Revis’ reps.

A source reportedly told The News that Idzik has not made an attempt to communicate with Revis’ agents since he took over as GM a month ago. An executive also said that it is widely believed that Johnson is not interested in signing Revis to any type of long-term deal, given the current state of the franchise.

One way or another, Revis is going to get top dollar. There have already been rumors that the Jets are exploring the possibility of trading him, and Revis clearly is starting to doubt that the Jets want to keep him around. It seems inevitable that they will part ways at this point, but we know better than to say never when it comes to the NFL.

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Darrelle Revis says Richard Sherman is running his mouth like a girl

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Darrelle Revis finally responded to Richard Sherman by calling out the boastful cornerback over Twitter Wednesday.

Sherman developed a reputation last season as a big smack talker. He got into it with Tom Brady, Calvin Johnson, and both teams he faced in the playoffs. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback even seemed to suggest last month that he is better than Revis, whom many consider to be the best cornerback in the NFL.

Revis has heard enough junk coming out of Sherman’s mouth and finally called him out for it:

Revis then seemed to say he was in a different class from Sherman, who should worry about Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White:

Revis even tried putting down Sherman by doing a Twitter follower comparison:

Revis brought up White because the Falcons receiver burned Sherman for a touchdown during the playoffs last month. Despite that fact, Sherman still called White “an easy matchup” during an NFL Network interview last week.

Sherman, of course, responded via Twitter.

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