The New York Jets will be fined $100,000 for tampering with Darrelle Revis, whom they signed this offseason, according to The New York Daily News. The penalty stems from comments Jets owner Woody Johnson made regarding Revis in late 2014 when the cornerback was still under contract with the New England Patriots.
The Patriots filed tampering charges against the Jets after Johnson spoke about Revis. The Jets will only be fined, and won't forfeit a draft pick.
“Darrelle is a great player,” Johnson said in December. “If I thought I could have gotten Darrelle, for that (contract), I probably would have taken him.
“It was our best judgment to do what we did. But Darrelle’s a great player. I’d love Darrelle to come back.”
After New England owner Robert Kraft talked about Revis' decision to sign with New York last month, the Jets filed tampering charges of their own. New England reportedly won’t be punished.
Revis spent the first six years of his career with the Jets, but the team traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 because of a contract dispute. He signed a one-year contract with the Patriots last offseason, helping them with a Super Bowl in his only year with the team.
Less than two months after winning a title with New England, Revis returned to the Jets. New York’s contract offer far exceeded that of New England’s, as they gave the cornerback a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million in guaranteed money.