Monday, March 17, 2014
Revis: What could be better than Patriots?
By Rich Cimini
Warning to New York Jets fans: You may lose your lunch if you read any further. At the very least, you're likely to experience some nausea. Or anger. Or both.
Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, whose signing with the New England Patriots was formally announced Monday, conducted a conference call with the Boston media. Naturally, Revis praised his new employer, saying it was "the right place" to continue his career. A few days ago, he reportedly was in "love" with the idea of reuniting with the Jets.
Revis said he was "surprised" that 26 teams showed some degree of interest after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He didn't say if the Jets were one of those teams (they weren't) and no one asked if, in fact, he had interest in returning to the Jets.
Revis also downplayed the notion that he signed with the Patriots just to have the chance to haunt his old team twice a year.
"That was never a factor," he said. "My thing is all about winning. I want to win. What better organization than the New England Patriots to be a part of? If you look at their track record, New England has won, year in and year out, and has had playoff berths. Right now, in my career, it's great to be with Tom Brady and Coach [Bill] Belihick and the Patriots, and help them win games."
His comments about Belichick come off disingenuous, considering he once called the Patriots' coach a "jerk" in a word-association game on "SportsCenter." Revis was asked about that on the conference call, and he confirmed that he sat down with his new coach to smooth it over.
"Me and Bill, we had a conversation about it, and it’s in the past," Revis said. "We’re both looking forward and we’re excited about working together and winning games. That’s the biggest goal here."
Revis said he already spoke to Brady, who reached out to welcome him to the team. He wouldn't divulge specifics, but he called it "a great conversation."
He said the task of picking a new team was "a long process" (he was a free agent for less than four hours). So why the Patriots, Darrelle?
"Basically, it’s about just winning," he said. "I weighed my options and I just wanted to win. I felt like this was the right place, to be part of the Patriots’ organization."
He also will receive $12 million for one year. At the end of the season, he'll get to pick a new team all over again.