The 36-day war is over. With exactly seven days to go until the Jets' MNF opener against the Ravens, the league's most-talented CB and 'real' 2009-10 DPOY picked a good time to end this contract impasse. The prolific 'shutdown corner will once again be locking down opposing WR1's and taking names while doing it.
Manish and NYDN were on top of things per usual, and provided the specifics behind the deal:
The Jets agreed to a deal in principle with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis around 11:45 pm on Sunday night. It's a 4-year, $46 million deal -- with $32 million guaranteed -- according to sources. (It's technically a 7-year deal that will easily be voided to four years).
The Associated Press has reported Revis will fly from his South Florida home to New Jersey on Monday morning to finalize the deal and sign the contract. During a 1 A.M. conference call early this morning, GM Mike Tannenbaum said he expected Revis to be at practice on Monday, "barring something unforeseen."
Cue the return of exotic blitzes out of the secondary, cue FS Brodney Pool being up to sneak up in the box and help stop the run, and cue Revis-Cromartie-Wilson as the top 3 on Jets' CB depth chart. That's one hell of a combination if you ask us.
So breathe easy, Jets fans. The shutdown CB has returned, and the Jets' defense has now received a huge upgrade.
The team did lose some leadership in order to free up some of the guaranteed money that was offered to Revis, but hopefully veterans like Richardson and Coles can return and be signed after week 1. Still, the Jets' strongest link is now going to be out there wearing the green and white, and this looks like a Super Bowl caliber team once again.
Revis Tweeted the following after the deal was announced:
To my family, neil, & john I love u guys I'm comin home baby!!! Revis Island LET'S GO.