Darrelle Revis has slipped into a special kind of delusion reserved for entitled players clinging to past glory.
He lives in a warped reality. He spews illogical nonsense whenever he opens his mouth.
He’s a cut-throat businessman whose feelings are hurt now that he has no leverage in the twilight of his career. He has become an excuse-maker and a punchline.
It’s time for the Jets to officially desert Revis Island.
The cornerback has cashed in like few others over the past decade, holding the Jets hostage for every last penny, but it’s time to end this marriage.
The Jets must move on and cut Revis after this season.
He should never wear a Jets uniform again.
Sunday’s game vs. the Bills should be Darrelle Revis’ final game in a Jets uniform.
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There’s no room for an expensive, unproductive relic who gives selective effort in an organization trying to build a new culture with hungry and motivated young players.
His excuses are embarrassing. Revis has blamed his surgically repaired wrist for his poor production. He’s taken subtle jabs at teammates for being out of position when he’s gotten beat.
Revis has a grand total of four passes defensed and no interceptions entering the season finale against the Bills on Sunday. Opposing quarterbacks have a 109.8 passer rating against him, according to Pro Football Focus. He strikes fear in exactly no one anymore. Opposing receivers crave the opportunity to expose him.
Revis has made no positive on-field impact this season. He’s been a pricey ghost.
He has set the exact wrong example for teammates with his questionable effort. He has repeatedly shied away from contact. He has appeared disinterested and disengaged as the team’s highest paid player.
He looks like he’s moving in quicksand. He should no longer play cornerback for the Jets or any other NFL team.
He’s 31 going on 41.
“The film doesn’t lie,” former teammate Antonio Cromartie told the Daily News. “That’s the only thing I can say.”
Revis has been the best cover cornerback in the league since Deion Sanders a generation ago. Revis used to be a game-wrecking force that was worth the price of admission.
That greatness should earn him a place in Canton one day, but it doesn’t give him a free pass now. He simply doesn’t understand that. In Revis’ world of entitlement, past accomplishments should make him immune from criticism about his poor effort this season.
Age and physical deterioration don’t impact effort. Players with heart, desire and a true love for the game give effort no matter how old or banged up they are.
Revis lost the benefit of the doubt because he has been on cruise control this season. He lost the benefit of the doubt because he became allergic to tackling.
He lost the benefit of the doubt because he exhibited no dedication or discipline by showing up overweight to training camp.
He has embarrassed himself and all the people in the organization that believed in him.
Revis’ subpar preparation and lackadaisical mindset prompted people close to him to wonder whether he wanted to continue to play.
“He tanked it,” a Revis confidant told the Daily News last month about the cornerback’s approach this season.
Revis collected $17 million this year playing his own version of two-hand touch.
It was sad to watch a former great choose that path.
Although Revis has a wealth of football wisdom that he could share with younger defensive backs in meeting rooms and practice, his falloff on gamedays has been too significant to bring him back next year.
There’s a faction on One Jets Drive that believes that the veteran can still be a valuable asset if he takes a severe pay cut. Revis is amenable to transitioning to safety, but would the Jets be willing to pay a fading player learning a new position?
Revis has exactly a zero percent chance of making the $15 million he’s scheduled to collect next season as part of his five-year, $70 million deal signed two years ago. The team must make a decision on how to proceed before he’s due a $2 million roster bonus on the second day of the 2017 league year in March.
Spoiler alert: He’s never going to get that bonus.
Only $6 million of Revis’ $13 million base salary in 2017 is fully guaranteed, so the Jets will ask him to take a pay cut to that guaranteed portion (with the possibility of performance-based incentives to earn more) if they want him to stick around.
If Revis isn’t interested in taking a pay cut to $6 million, he’ll be gone. The Jets will clear about $7 million and incur an $8 million dead money charge on the 2017 salary cap if Revis is cut. Since there’s off-set language in the contract, the Jets could be on the hook for less than $6 million in 2017 if Revis signed elsewhere (likely for close to the veteran minimum).
Revis has maintained that he wants to be a “Jet for Life” (after joining the team’s most hated rival to get a Super Bowl ring), but that doesn’t mean that the organization should let sentimentality guide its decision now.
This is a multibillion dollar business. The Jets shouldn’t foot the bill for a Revis Farewell Tour. Nobody should know that better than a guy with $125 million in cash earnings (and two protracted holdouts to ensure he got top dollar).
“This guy’s been a pig in terms of his money,” a Jets Insider said.
Woody Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis, has done right by the cornerback. The owner pledged $39 million in guarantees in this latest contract for Pete sake’s.
The Jets don’t owe Revis anything more. He doesn’t have to retire in green and white. Joe Namath and Don Maynard finished their Hall of Fame careers in different uniforms.
Revis needs to wrap his head around this sobering truth: For the first time in his professional life, he has no leverage.
If he threatens to go back to the Patriots (after suggesting last year that they’re cheaters) to play safety, the Jets should chuckle and show him the door.
It was fun while it lasted, but it’s time for Darrelle Revis to join all the wide receivers that he used to blanket.
It’s time for him to disappear.
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JETS VS. BILLS, METLIFE STADIUM, 1 PM
LINE: Bills by 3½; O/U: 42½
TV: Ch. 2 (Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker)
RADIO: ESPN 98.7 FM (Bob Wischusen and Marty Lyons); in Spanish on WEPN 1050 AM (Clemson Smith-Muniz, Oscar Benitez)
FORECAST: Partly sunny. High 47°, Low 32°; Chance of rain: 2%
GO FOR 2 – TWO BOLD PREDICTIONS
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw for 300 yards. It seems like a lifetime ago when Fitzpatrick orchestrated a 37-point explosion in a Week 2 win in Buffalo. His season-high 374-yard performance earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Fitzpatrick will end his brief Jets career on a high note against a Rex Ryan-less Bills defense.
2. Leonard Williams will have three sacks. He’s been the shining light in this otherwise dark season. Williams will cap his second season with a bang by wreaking havoc on poor EJ Manuel.
JETS HOT READ: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK
Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back under center for the Jets this weekend after Bryce Petty suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Christmas Eve in Foxborough. Rookie Christian Hackenberg will serve as the backup. Sunday will almost certainly mark Fitzpatrick’s final game in a Jet uniform. He signed a one-year contract in the offseason and hasn’t come close to living up to the $12 million the Jets paid him this season. It’s been an up-and-down tenure for Fitz in New York. He set the single-season team record for touchdown passes in 2015 but failed to lead the Jets to the playoffs. Coincidentally, he threw three interceptions in a loss at the Bills in the season finale that sealed Gang Green’s fate. This season has been a disaster for Fitzpatrick, but it will be interesting to see how he plays Sunday. Fitzpatrick is a competitor, and you can bet he wants to finish his Jets career on a high note. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he plays well in his final game at MetLife — though it would come at the expense of Jets fans, who should be rooting for their team to lose with April’s draft in mind.
– Daniel Popper
RB Matt Forte (knee), LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (hamstring) are OUT. CB Nick Marshall (hamstring) is DOUBTFUL. WR Robby Anderson (hamstring), CB Juston Burris (knee), WR Brandon Marshall (hip, shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), RB Brandon Wilds (hamstring) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle, knee) are QUESTIONABLE.
BILLS HOT READ: QB EJ MANUEL
Rex Ryan got the boot this week after less than two seasons in Buffalo. Bills brass didn’t even give the former Jets coach the chance to finish his 2016 campaign. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who was promoted from running backs coach after the Bills fired OC Greg Roman in September, takes over for Ryan in the interim.
Sunday will mark his first game as a head coach in his NFL coaching career. After Ryan’s firing, there was further drama in Western New York when the team announced starting QB Tyrod Taylor would be benched in favor of EJ Manuel. Lynn told a local radio station that he “wasn’t in that room” when the QB decision was made. Either way, Manuel will be under center at MetLife.
A former first-round pick out of Florida State, Manuel enjoyed a productive rookie season in 2013. But he fell off in 2014 and was eventually benched in favor of Kyle Orton. This will be Manuel’s first start since Oct. 25 of last season.
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and T Cordy Glenn (back) are OUT. LB Preston Brown (foot), LB Zach Brown (illness), TE Charles Clay (knee), G John Miller (hip), WR Sammy Watkins (foot) and DT Kyle Williams (back) are QUESTIONABLE.
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