The words many Jets fans have been dreaming of hearing have finally been uttered in this latest story by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News: The New York Jets have reached out to Darrelle Revis on a possible reunion.
After trading Revis due to contract issues last season to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in return for a 2013 first round pick (Sheldon Richardson) and a 2014 third round pick (which has now become a fourth rounder), the Jets appeared to have moved on from their homegrown shutdown corner.
All of this changed, however, when the Bucs announced earlier today that they had released Revis after failing to come up with a trade for him. In the short time that Revis has been on the market—and even before so—Jets fans have been clamoring for general manager John Idzik to bring #24 back and finalize one of the greatest coups in NFL history.
Throughout the past couple of days the wide speculation has been that teams like the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and—look away, Jets fans—the New England Patriots would be the likeliest of landing spots for the corner. However, in Mehta's latest story it has been reported that the Jets have had internal discussions about reuniting with their former All-Pro corner, as well as reaching out to him.
Revis would like to return to play for Rex Ryan. It's believed the feeling is mutual.
There's no question that Rex Ryan is likely pushing both John Idzik and owner Woody Johnson hard about bringing back Revis, but after a rocky ending just one year ago, there are no guarantees that Idzik nor Johnson would pull the trigger.
Not only would it improve the Jets, look like a genius move and keep him away from Foxborough, Gang Green needs Revis. While Dee Milliner finished off his rookie campaign with a flourish, he struggled throughout the season and is no sure thing entering this season. The other two contributing corners from last year's squad are Kyle Wilson, who has not progressed at all the way the Jets were hoping, and Antonio Cromartie, who was released on Sunday.
It's going to be an interesting couple of weeks—or days—and however unlikely it may seem to some, as long as Darrelle Revis is still on the market, there's hope for Jets fans.