The prodigal son has returned home.
Perhaps the best player in the history of the franchise has returned as Darrelle Revis is once again a member of the New York Jets, the team that made him a first round draft pick in 2007 and oversaw his rise to become the best cornerback in the NFL. Revis, who was traded from the Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 in a deal that landed two first round picks, has always been longed for by Jets fans since his departure. Now he returns after spending last season with the New England Patriots and he returns to New York with a Super Bowl ring.
The deal is reportedly for five-years, $70 million and it gives the Jets the cover cornerback needed to unlock head coach Todd Bowles' ability to utilize his linebackers in blitz schemes. The deal makes Revis the highest paid cornerback in the league.
In the deal, $39 million of the contract is guaranteed.
Revis joins free agent cornerback Buster Skrine, also signed on Tuesday, in a suddenly revamped Jets secondary.
Another bonus for the organization is that Revis leaves a divisional rival in New England, a move that upgrades the Jets but also hurts the Patriots in one sweeping move.
Perhaps almost as important as to how he helps on the field in the rebuilding of this team and the defense, off the field Revis is a goldmine for the organization. Still wildly popular with the fanbase, Revis can contribute to help flagging season ticket sales as well as PSLs, both of which have taken a hit after four years without the playoffs.
With the Jets for the first six years of his career, Revis was four times a Pro Bowl selection and thrice selected All-Pro before he was traded away in 2013.