Following his release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month, Revis reportedly sounded out Rex Ryan’s interest in bringing him back to the Big Apple. Rex wanted him back, but the rest of the Jets organisation didn't.
When the Jets passed, he ended up with the Patriots and Bill Belichick - divisional rivals to the Jets.
And that was enough for one New York Daily News source linked to the Jets to compare Revis to Benedict Arnold, the notorious Revolutionary War traitor who defected from the Americans to the British in the eighteenth century.
The Daily News source said: “Jets fans look at him as Benedict Arnold.”
To which a member of Revis’s camp said: “Since day one Jets fans absolutely know the truth about what has transpired.”
The animosity between the Jets and Patriots is a product of divisional rivalry, geographical proximity, and recent results.
The Patriots have been the alpha dogs of the division since Belichick took charge, but the Jets see themselves as the bigger franchise - they play in New York after all.
Revis was once the undisputed best cornerback in the NFL, but left the Jets - and Revis Island - for Tampa Bay after a serious knee injury.
His huge cap hold prompted the Bucs to shop him, but after failing to find a willing trade partner, they released him, making him an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.
It didn’t take long for the Pats to snap him up though, and he signed a one-year $12m contract with New England this week.
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