Revis ‘Coming Home’ to Jets After Patriots Super Bowl WinRob Gloster
Darrelle Revis says he’s “coming home” to the New York Jets, and ESPN reported he’ll join Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson as the highest-paid cornerbacks in the National Football League.
ESPN said he’ll get a five-year, $70 million contract, with $39 million of it guaranteed. The Jets haven’t announced the signing.
Revis, 29, played for the Jets from 2007-2012 before moving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one season and winning a Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots last season.
“I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year. NEW YORK I’m coming home,” Revis wrote Tuesday night in a Twitter message that was accompanied by a picture of the cornerback in a Jets uniform.
ESPN reported the contract will pay Revis $48 million in its first three years. The network said the deal’s $14 million annual average ties Arizona’s Peterson (five years, $70 million) and Seattle’s Sherman (four years, $56 million) for tops among cornerbacks.
Revis became a free agent after the Patriots declined the $20 million option on his contract for the 2015 season. He started all 16 games this past season for New England.
Jets owner Woody Johnson in December praised Revis during a season-ending news conference and said he’d love to have him come back to New York. Because Revis was under contract with another team, tampering charges were filed against the Jets in January as a result of Johnson’s comments, ESPN reported.