After a season that saw Revis get torched on a week-to-week basis, the New York Jets on Tuesday opted to release the 10-year veteran, and he'll become a free agent when the league year starts on March 9. Jets owner Woody Johnson offered high praise for him in the team's statement.
“Darrelle Revis is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Jets uniform,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “His combination of talent, preparation and instincts is rare and helped him become one of the most dominant players of his generation. I appreciate Darrelle’s contributions to this organization and, wherever his career takes him, his home will always be here with the Jets.”
The 31-year-old Revis signed a much-publicized five-year, $70 million deal in 2015 to return to the Jets, where he spent the first six seasons of his career. He was to be the cornerstone of the Jets' defense, but opposing quarterbacks lit him up for a 91.7 rating against him last season. Ultimately, the Jets finished with a 5-11 record and the NFL's 29th-ranked defense, according to Pro Football Focus.
He was set to make $15 million this season, and $10 million in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, as per Deadspin's Patrick Redford. $6 million is guaranteed for this season, so cutting him saves the Jets $9 million in cap space.
Revis is currently facing four felony charges stemming from an alleged Feb. 16 street fight in Pittsburgh, with a preliminary hearing set for March 15.
Personally, I'd have rather seen Revis go out on his own terms -- by sloppily scrawling "I resign as CB of the NYJ" on a sheet of loose leaf paper.
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