The New York Jets are 5-4 and in second place in the AFC East. Not to mention, they are coming off an improbably victory over the New Orleans Saints that could set the tone for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, cornerback Darrelle Revis is feeling pretty lonely on his own island as he suits up for one of the worst teams in the league. One has to wonder, does Revis regret leaving the Jets to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Apparently, money is more important than winning. Revis made that perfectly clear when he responded to a tweet from Jets’ fan Jason Owen on Twitter.
“Back in the good old days when @Revis24 played for a team that mattered. Wonder if 12MM per and Rex as coach has any merit vs Schaino & 16MM,” Owen tweeted late Sunday night.
“@Jason_Owen naw 16 is better,” Revis responded shortly after.
The response to the tweets appeared to be split 50/50 with supporters in both corners. Some believe Revis is correct in that the NFL is a job, which is why he was right to take more money with a different team. Meanwhile, others think Revis is foolish to believe $4 million more this season is worth playing for the Buccaneers, an organization that has more problems than they know what to do with.
The question that really needs to be asked is if $98 million over a six-year span is enough. The Jets were not going to give Revis that kind of money and rightfully so. As good as he is one could make the case that his best years are behind him. Obviously, Tampa Bay does not want to hear that but the numbers don’t lie. His tackles may be on pace for his season average but his other numbers are down.
The fact is Revis was going to get more money than he needed if he stayed with New York. At least with the Jets he would have been playing with a team that knows how to win football games.