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Jets hit back at Pats with Revis tampering charge


The New York Jets filed a tampering charge against the rival Patriots on Tuesday regarding comments New England owner Robert Kraft made Monday regarding cornerback Darrelle Revis, multiple media outlets reported.

The move could be viewed as a response to a tampering charge the Patriots levied against Jets owner Woody Johnson in December for comments Johnson made about Revis.

After helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Revis became a free agent when New England declined his $20 million option for 2015. Revis then signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Jets, his former team. According to reports, he is guaranteed $39 million under his new contract.

On Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Kraft said of Revis, “He’s a great player. The fan in me wishes he were still (with) us. … We wanted him in our system, and we have certain disciplines. We had hoped it worked out. It didn’t. … As a fan, in March and April, I hate to lose him.”

Kraft added that the Patriots were competitive in their bid for Revis.

After spending 2007 through 2012 with the Jets, Revis played one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then signed a two-year, $32 million contract with the Patriots in March 2014.

Late last season, Johnson said, “Darrelle is a great player, and if I thought I could have gotten Darrelle for (what the Patriots paid), I probably would’ve taken him. And it was our best judgment to do what we did. Darrelle is a great player. I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”

The Patriots responded with a tampering charge that is still awaiting an NFL verdict. Possible penalties for teams found guilty of tampering are fines or the loss of draft picks.

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