Darrelle Revis delighted New York Jets fans this offseason with his decision to return to the franchise, and the Gang Green will be even more smug after the veteran star today revealed just who he turned down in favor of reuniting with his former team.
Per Seth Walder, Jets correspondent for the New York Daily News, Revis today revealed that no less than five NFL franchises were chasing his signature once it became clear that he would be leaving the New England Patriots after just one year.
The intense interest in the 29-year-old isn't surprising though considering another excellent year dominating at the cornerback position.
With three of the teams mentioned (the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens) having made the playoffs in the 2014 season, Jets fans will be pleased to see that despite a couple of down years they still have the ability to compete with those who were challenging for the Super Bowl last time out.
The amount Woody Johnson ultimately agreed to pay Revis to acquire his services may well have played a big part in that however.
The Jets handed out a five-year $70 million contract back in mid-March and, judging by Revis' comments today, they pretty much had to break the bank to ensure 'Revis Island' would be a MetLife venue for the 2015 campaign.
Whether the likes of the Chiefs or Cleveland Browns were willing to part with such big money remains unclear.
Speaking in the same interview, Revis also revealed that the offer made by the Patriots to keep him for another 12 months "wasn't in the ball park" he and his representatives were looking for.
The arrival of Darrelle Revis, alongside another returning CB in Antonio Cromartie, means that the New York Jets have significantly upgrading their secondary.
With a defense that proved adept at stopping the run, the Jets now have an all round system that will worry opponents throughout the regular season.
As for Revis, he will be back in the famous jersey for the first time since the 2012 season. Considering his cult status amongst Jets fans (and the $40 million guaranteed in his bank balance) could you ever really imagine him wearing the green of the Green Bay Packers instead?
What do you think Jets fans? Just how important was the arrival of Revis this offseason, and was it money or loyalty that saw him return? Let us know in the comments section below...
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