The NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports the New York Jets have agreed to a six-year deal worth $36 million with first round draft selection (14th Pick) CB Darrelle Revis. Revis will report to the Jets’ training camp Thursday, Aug. 16. The 6-foot, 204 pound standout, all-world corner from Pittsburgh was the player New York traded up to get in this year’s NFL draft. He is expected to become the Jets’ best cornerback once he steps foot on the field.
The other corners on the team (Justin Miller, Andre Dyson, David Barrett and Hank Poteat) are all 5-foot 10 or shorter, and all of them have been injury-prone in their careers, during their stays in New York. Revis will not find it tough to become a starter right away. There is no secret the the team found a gem to fill their most glaring need, and he will be ready to play as soon (coach-willing/pending) as Saturday’s second pre-season game (vs. Minnesota). He will definitely make the starting line-up at home against the Patriots though (Week 1), surely facing a true challenge in front of him, lining up versus WR Randy Moss. He already is the strongest, fastest, and tallest corner on the team, so why would he not start?
Revis can learn the playbook quickly and become all what the Jets need from him and much more. They have high expectations for this “Panther” who can do it all, a cornerback with “mad” return ability, (see highlight at home vs. WVU -for his skills showcased) physicality, and closing speed; making it two positions Revis can occupy, where it happens to be where the Jets are the weakest, on defense, on special teams, and with the cornerback need being the biggest hole/void. Jets fans and Coach Mangini see Revis teaming up with the talented SS Kerry Rhodes for decades to come. New York got its wish in many ways, getting the player they wanted, (drafting up) at the right price/length, (six years – compared to Revis’ demand for five) and they got a true, balanced defensive back (top-flight shutdown defender) who can be the main cover corner in no time, for a secondary that commands immediate help like an emergency worthy of full attention.
Revis will have the biggest impact of any rookie, for a playoff caliber team, one that needs him to be on his game week in and week out, for the Jets to be successful in stopping the aerial attack as they work their way up to become a Top 10, accomplished defense in the NFL.