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Revis gets deal in time for season

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis signed for four years after holding out for 36 days.

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Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis signed for four years after holding out for 36 days.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darrelle Revis was walking toward his teammates on the practice field when a strange feeling came over him.

"I had butterflies," the Jets cornerback said with a grin Monday.

For a guy who routinely shuts down opponents' best wide receivers, the acknowledgment of insecurity was stunning.

"I didn't know how my teammates were going to accept me," Revis said, "because I haven't been here for a month."

After some loud, welcoming cheers and good-natured ribbing, Revis knew he was finally back home. He signed his four-year deal Monday afternoon, apologizing to fans for not getting back sooner and officially returning after a 36-day holdout.

Both sides declined to announce financial terms, but the deal is reportedly worth at least $46 million, including $32 million guaranteed. Revis has said he wanted to be the league's highest-paid cornerback, and agent Jonathan Feinsod said that would be the case.

"It was a good feeling just to see the guys," Revis said, "just wanting to be around them because I haven't been here for a while."

Coach Rex Ryan admitted to NJ.com, the online site of the Newark Star-Ledger, that he "threw a tantrum" directed at both sides in team offices Sunday night, when it appeared a deal might not get done in time for the regular season. Ryan visited Revis in Florida on Saturday.

"It was like a boyfriend and girlfriend but the parents won't let you get together," Ryan said. "That was kind of how I felt. He wanted to play, I wanted him to play, but for some reason it wasn't happening."

New York will re-sign fullback Tony Richardson a day after cutting the popular veteran, Ryan said. Cornerback Brian Jackson will be released to clear a roster spot.

BILLS: Fullback Corey McIntyre signed a two-year, $1.85 million contract extension.

BROWNS: Nose tackle Shaun Rogers, who missed all four preseason games recovering from a 2009 leg injury, returned to practice.

CHARGERS: Free agent quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, a former 49ers starter, signed a one-year contract.

DOLPHINS: Pro Bowl tackle Jake Long wore a left knee brace and sat out drills as the team prepared for Sunday's game at Buffalo. The team signed Bobby Carpenter and released fellow linebacker Charlie Anderson.

49ERS: The team signed former Ravens backup Troy Smith, who won the Heisman Trophy for Ohio State in 2006, and waived third-string quarterback Nate Davis.

JAGUARS: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who missed most of the past two weeks of work amid reports he was dealing with a knee injury, returned to practice.

LIONS: Receiver Tim Toone, dubbed "Mr. Irrelevant" as the final choice of the draft, joined the practice squad.

PANTHERS: Guard Shawn Murphy, the son of former Atlanta Braves star Dale Murphy, was among eight players signed to the practice squad.

PATRIOTS: Wide receiver Randy Moss, in the last year of a contract that will pay him $6.4 million this season, told cbssports.com that he feels "not wanted" because he has not been offered a contract extension. "When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted," he said.

RAVENS: The team agreed to terms with receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and traded receiver Mark Clayton to the Rams for an undisclosed draft pick. Houshmandzadeh, a 10-year veteran, was cut by Seattle last week.

REDSKINS: Quarterback Donovan McNabb practiced for the first time in two weeks. Albert Haynesworth was still mostly playing with backups, but defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Haynesworth took "a few" snaps with first-stringers and that it doesn't matter who starts because linemen frequently rotate in and out. Haslett said Haynesworth took snaps at defensive end, nose tackle and played some in nickel packages. "He has a much better understanding" of the defense, Haslett said.

SEAHAWKS: Veteran safety Jordan Babineaux, fullback Owen Schmitt and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson were released.

STEELERS: Dennis Dixon was named the starting quarterback, at least for now. Ben Roethlisberger, serving a four-game league suspension to start the season, was not chosen a captain in a vote by his teammates. He had been selected the previous two seasons. Coach Mike Tomlin named Dixon, who has only one NFL start, the No. 1 QB over Charlie Batch for Sunday's opener against Atlanta.

TEXANS: Former Cardinals QB Matt Leinart agreed to a one-year deal, according to agent Tom Condon. The team would not confirm the deal.

JURISPRUDENCE: The Giants were sued by a woman and her husband who claim she was attacked by fans during a Jets game last year at Giants Stadium. Michelle Munoz says she attended the Sept. 20 game against New England and was assaulted by Jets fans and thrown to the ground, causing her to suffer back injuries. The suit, filed in July, names the Giants and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operated the since torn-down stadium. The Jets were not sued.

Revis gets deal in time for season 09/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 1:06am]

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