The Jets have been fined $100K for tampering in regard to Darrelle Revis, a source tells Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. According to Mehta, no further penalties are expected to be handed down in the Revis case — so the Jets won’t lose a draft pick, and the Patriots won’t face any discipline.
The outcome of the Revis case isn’t surprising. Jets owner Woody Johnson discussed his team’s interest in Revis while the cornerback was still under contract with the Patriots, which is essentially the definition of tampering. The tampering charge subsequently filed by the Jets against the Pats came after the Pro Bowler signed with New York, and New England owner Robert Kraft was asked about losing him — Kraft was far from the only NFL owner or executive to discuss a player who left his team this offseason.
According to Mehta (via Twitter), at least one other team will be penalized for tampering this offseason. While Mehta’s source doesn’t identify the club in question, I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s the Dolphins, who reportedly agreed to terms with top free agent Ndamukong Suh several days before teams were permitted to reach agreements – or even to discuss terms – with outside free agents. Many teams were likely guilty of this sort of rules violation, so Miami won’t necessarily be the one fined for it, but I could see the league making an example out of the most prominent case.
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com (Twitter link) first reported this morning that resolution on the Revis tampering case was expected before Thursday’s draft.