All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is never afraid to speak his mind and he certainly didn’t sugar coat the feelings of abandonment he experienced after the New York Jets agreed to trade him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.
"I definitely feel like I haven't gotten the truth [from the Jets]," Revis told reporters from the New York Post, New York Daily News and Newsday in Tampa on Monday. "Anyone can sit there and tell you to your face, 'Yeah, you're going to be a Jet.' But what's the truth out of it? What is really the truth?"
The truth of the matter is that New York’s front office and Revis are no strangers to contract squabbling. No. 24 staged two prior holdouts, the second of which was chronicled on HBO’s Hard Knocks Training Camp series in 2010. Revis would eventually report to training camp after signing a four-year, $46 million front-loaded contract, which was viewed at the time as a “Band-aid deal” until a long-term agreement could be ironed out.
That deal could not be reconciled at the negotiating table with the two parties seemingly miles apart on the parameters of a possible contract extension. Clearly irked by the most recent contract drama, Revis insisted that he received mixed signals from John Idzik and company this offseason.
"Just tell the truth, because people want to know what's going on,” mentioned Revis. I want to know what's going on with my career, whether you're going to trade me or you're not,"
Idzik’s relationship with Revis got off to a rocky start as the Jets newly hired general manager opened trade speculation by telling reporters that no player on the roster was ‘untradeable.’
Those words didn’t sit well with Revis.
"I didn't know what to expect or what was going to happen going down the road. . . . When you get information that you're getting traded, it feels like that team is giving up on you at a time in my career when I never had an injury like this."
Revis won’t have to wait long to get his revenge. The Jets open their 2013 regular season at MetLife Stadium playing host to—you guessed it— the Buccaneers.