The New York Jets announced Tuesday evening that they’ve released veteran CB Darrelle Revis.
“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.”
“Darrelle is the consummate professional and one of the greatest to ever play the cornerback position,” said head coach Todd Bowles.
“When you’re dealing with a player of Darrelle’s caliber, these decisions are extremely hard to make,” said general manager Mike Maccagnan. “We all have a great deal of respect for Darrelle and the significance of his time with the Jets cannot be overstated. He provided an example of how a pro should approach his craft and established his place in NFL history as one of the best at his position.”
It was clear that the Jets were going to release Revis at some point in the coming weeks, considering that he’s coming off of a disappointing season and had a high salary cap figure.
To make matters worse, Revis was involved in a fight that took place in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago and is facing multiple charges for his role in the matter.
If there’s anything positive about this move, it’s the fact that the Jets cut him now, which will give him a head start in finding a new opportunity with another team. Another positive for Revis is that signing him won’t factor into a team’s compensatory picks.
Although, it’s possible he could be asked to move to safety if he wants to continue his career.
Revis, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2007. He was entering the third year of his five-year, $70 million contract that includes $39 million guaranteed and was set to make base salaries of $17 million (2016), $13 million (2017), and $10 million (2018-2019) over the remainder of the contract.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Revis will free up $7,333,333 in available cap space while creating $8 million in dead money.
In 2016, Revis appeared in 15 games for the Jets and recorded 53 tackles, one interception and five pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 66 cornerback out of 112 qualifying players.