Reaction to trade from Revis, Jets
The deal is done, and now reactions are being shared.
The first, and most relevant, comes from Revis himself. He posted a series of messages on Twitter this evening directed to the fans who know him best, those of the Jets.
“I been sitting around for the last hour trying to figure out what to say to the Jet Nation & I came up with this,” Revis wrote via his Twitter account. “The six years I played for the New York Jets were unbelievable. I put my body on the line everyday & did everything could to help the team win. I experienced a lot & learned a lot. The memories I had in New York I will keep dearly to my heart. I want to thank all the Jets fans for making me feel welcome.”
Revis will hold a press conference at One Buc Place on Monday where we’ll hear more from the newest Buccaneer.
Meanwhile, Jets general manager John Idzik, shared his team’s thinking behind making today’s blockbuster trade.
Idzik, a former Bucs front-office executive, said the driving force behind the trade was the inability to get Revis under a long-term contract. He was going to be able to become a free agent after the upcoming season, at which point the Jets could have lost him with no compensation.
“It's not as simple as player wanting club and club wanting player,” Idzik said according to the Newark Star-Ledger, adding that there was a “substantial difference” between what the Jets were willing to pay Revis and the player’s contract demands. Revis will make $16 million per season on his six-year deal with the Bucs.
"We feel like even though it was hard, very hard to do. . . it was the best for all concerned,” Idzik said. “. . . Ideally, we would have wanted to wait, let things play out a little bit more, but with the draft this week” a decision became necessary.
And, so, that brings us to where we are – with Revis as a Buccaneer.