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Jets CB Darrelle Revis’ Hearing Postponed

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis‘ preliminary hearing on charges stemming from an altercation in which two men were knocked unconscious was originally supposed to take place on Thursday but now won’t get underway until March 15, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter links).Darrelle Revis (vertical)

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The hearing’s new date is critical for a number of reasons, most of them financial and most of them negative (at least, from the Jets’ point of view). Revis is due a $2MM roster bonus on March 10, so New York won’t have any sense of Revis’ legal status before a decision is due on that payment. Moreover, free agency begins one day earlier on March 9, so Gang Green will have to wade into the open market without knowing where it stands with Revis.

Additionally, the league and/or the Jets are unlikely to levy any sort of disciplinary suspension on Revis until his case is sorted out. Revis is due $6MM in guaranteed base salary in 2017, however, so if New York releases him before a ban is enacted (and potentially wipes out his remaining guarantees), the club will be on the hook for that entire total.

From a legal perspective, the fact that Revis’ hearing is being rescheduled could mean a settlement is in the works, tweets Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Hypothetically, a deal for reduced or dropped charges could lead the NFL or the Jets to look upon Revis with greater favor. For his part, Revis (and/or his associates) have reportedly told New York management that a member of Revis’ entourage punched the two men, not Revis himself, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

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Latest On Jets’ Darrelle Revis

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is facing four felony charges on account of a Feb. 12 altercation in Pittsburgh that left two men unconscious. Video of the aftermath, featuring those two unconscious men and an unseen man bragging about knocking them out, surfaced Sunday, via TMZ.

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“I knocked both of these (expletive) out,” said the man, who then threatened to do the same to someone else in the video.

Pittsburgh police believe the voice belongs to Revis, per a statement from the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety (via Austin Knoblauch of NFL.com). However, Revis’ lawyers, Robert G. Del Greco Jr. and Mark Fiorilli, emphatically denied that in a statement issued to USA Today on Sunday night.

“Darrelle Revis absolutely, categorically and positively did not knock out anyone, did not conspire with anyone to commit an assault, did not say ‘shut up before I knock your ass out next,’ and surely did not ‘rob’ another of a cell phone,” the attorneys said. “The voice and admissions made on the video are NOT that of Darrelle Revis. We have no doubt but that further investigation relative to the clothing and voice verification will corroborate the above assertions.”

Revis turned himself into authorities Friday and has a hearing scheduled for this Thursday. While it’s unlikely Revis will face jail time, the NFL is “looking into” the situation and could issue him some form of punishment.

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Latest On Darrelle Revis

After formally turning himself into Pittsburgh police last night, Darrelle Revis has been arraigned. The Jets cornerback received a non-monetary bond, and he’s required to appear at all future hearings (via ESPN.com’s Coley Harvey). Revis is also barred from contacting the victims or witnesses, and he has 72 hours (as of last night) to turn in his passport. Revis was previously charged with four felonies stemming from a weekend altercation.

Darrelle Revis (vertical)Meanwhile, attorney Blaine Jones has been replaced by Bob Del Greco. Harvey notes that Jones was solely being retained for pre-trial services, and the attorney told the ESPN.com reporter that Revis has “a good case,” especially if the video of the confrontation is released.

“He’s hoping he can be vindicated,” said Jones (via The New York Post). “I hope in the next phase he will be vindicated. I think he has a very good case.”

Ralph Vacchiano of SNY points out (via Twitter) that Del Greco is the same lawyer who got charges reduced for Steelers coach Joey Porter earlier this season. The attorney also played a role in getting the domestic violence charges dropped against James Harrison back in 2008.

On Thursday evening, reports came in that Revis was injured during a fight. However, we later learned that the cornerback was being charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy – aggravated assault, and one count of terroristic threat (the former four of which are felonies). More details on the altercation emerged yesterday.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy told Darryl Slater of NJ.com that the NFL is “looking into it” when asked if they were aware of the charges. Yesterday, our own Zach Links explored whether the Jets could get out of Revis’ contract.

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Latest On Jets CB Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis has formally turned himself into Pittsburgh police and is set to make his initial court appearance tonight after being charged with four felonies stemming from a weekend altercation, according to Coley Harvey of ESPN.com (Twitter link).Darrelle Revis

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The police report on the incident has shed more details on Saturday night’s affair, which seemingly began when Revis objected to being videotaped by two men, writes Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. Sometime after Revis attempted to grab of one the men’s phone, the two victims ended up unconscious — exactly who punched the men is unclear.

A witness says Revis approached the tandem with “fists clenched,” but is unsure who actually threw a punch. The entire situation is extremely murky, and as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes, the details of the case make it unlikely Revis will ever serve jail time. Indeed, the charges against Revis are likely to be lessened as the legal system won’t want to invest “significant prosecutorial and judicial resources,” per Florio, who it should be noted is a former lawyer.

Even if Revis doesn’t face legal consequences, he could still face a suspension levied by either the NFL or the Jets. The more pressing question for New York at the moment is Revis’ contract, which contains $6MM guaranteed in 2017 base salary and a $2MM roster bonus due on March 10.

The Jets are investigating whether they can recoup that $6MM, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, but Revis’ contract doesn’t appear to contain language allowing the club to void the deal in the event of a felony charge. The details of Revis’ pact are just as complicated as the particulars of the criminal case, as Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com points out (Twitter link), so Gang Green’s best move may be to not wait for a legal resolution and simply proceed with business as usual, Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap opines.

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Can Jets Get Out Of Revis’ Contract?

We don’t know exactly what transpired this weekend with regards to Darrelle Revis‘ incident, but we do know that he’s facing a whole heap of legal trouble. The Jets cornerback is being charged with a litany of charges including four felonies, one of which is for making a “terroristic threat.” This all comes at a time when the Jets are set to make a critical decision regarding his future with the team. Darrelle Revis (vertical)

Revis’ contract calls for him to carry a $15.3MM cap number in 2017. In a perfect world, based on performance alone, the Jets would like to rid themselves of the entire commitment and release him. However, as a part of his five-year, $70MM deal with $39MM fully guaranteed at signing, he is owed a fully guaranteed $6MM for the coming year. Could the Jets wriggle out of their commitment after Revis’ bizarre weekend in Pittsburgh?

The cornerback’s contract does not contain specific language allowing the team to terminate the deal as a result of a felony charge, according to Darryl Slater of NJ.com. However, it does state that Revis could be in default of his contract if he is “fined or suspended by the NFL or Club for Conduct Detrimental” or “fined or suspended for violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy” or “engages in personal conduct reasonably judged by Club to adversely affect or reflect on Club.”

A four-felony fight would seem to fit the bill for those terms, but it ultimately comes down to a matter of timing. No punishment will be levied against Revis between now and the start of the league year on March 9, nor on March 10 when he is due a $2MM roster bonus. If the Jets were to cut Revis before any league sanctions, they’ll be on the hook for that guaranteed $6MM regardless.

In theory, one option for the Jets could hold on to Revis beyond March 9th and 10th and wait for the league to come down on Revis. At that point, the Jets could recoup the $6MM in salary and $2MM bonus. But, as Slater notes, the Jets can’t be 100% certain that Revis will be found guilty of the aforementioned charges or that he’ll be suspended by the NFL. If Revis is let off the hook by the legal system and league office, the Jets will only be compounding their problem.

I believe the Jets will play it safe and drop Revis at the start of the new league year, but for what it’s worth, Mike Florio of PFT feels the Jets could be encouraged to roll the dice if the NFL places Revis on leave while everything gets sorted out. If the league doesn’t place Revis on leave, he’ll be able to participate in the offseason program and if he gets hurt during that, his ~$15MM salary would become fully guaranteed. Again, I have a hard time seeing the Jets taking such an enormous gamble.

Cutting Revis in advance of March 9 is also not an option for the Jets. As Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap explained last fall, the league treats dead money from a salary guarantee differently than dead money from a bonus. If Revis were to be released before 3/9, the dead money would count against the 2016 cap rather than the 2017 cap. The Jets do not have enough room under the ’16 cap to complete that transaction.

In summation: the Jets can maybe possibly somehow someway avoid paying Revis his guaranteed $6MM, but it would require a gargantuan risk by team ownership.

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Jets’ Darrelle Revis Facing Charges

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was injured in an weekend altercation, and is now being formally charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy – aggravated assault, and one count of terroristic threat, the former four of which are felonies. A warrant has been issued for Revis’ arrest, and the 31-year-old is set to turn himself into police.Darrelle Revis (vertical)

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Revis’ lawyer indicated his client was assaulted by a group of five people, but the police report states Revis and a partner may have instigated the violence. The account claims Revis was approached by a tandem of men who questioned whether Revis was an NFL player, and began to video him. Revis reportedly grabbed the men’s phone, at which point the altercation began.

Revis, at one time, was considered to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He returned to the Jets prior to the 2015 season and while he earned a Pro Bowl nod in his first year back, his 2016 season turned out to be a disaster. The Jets have been expected to either restructure Revis’ deal this offseason or release him entirely. If Revis was badly injured in this brawl, it could impact his future with the team and in football as a whole.

Additionally, Revis could face a suspension and/or see his guaranteed 2017 salary voided as a result of this incident. Already expected to be a candidate for release this offseason, Revis is now more likely than ever to be cut and could end up retiring, per Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (Twitter links).

Last year, Revis appeared in 15 games for the Jets and totaled 53 tackles and one interception. Pro Football Focus ranked Revis as just the 66th best cornerback in the NFL out of 112 qualified players. His 72.1 overall score was a career-low and not at all in line with his monster contract.

KDKA-TV offered one account of the incident, while WTAE provided another. Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reported Revis was formally facing charges and would turn himself into police.

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AFC Notes: Colts, Bills, Jets, Jones

While the Colts are set for a front-office transition, they are set to return most of their offensive coaching staff, with one exception. The Bills’ previous wide receivers coach, Sanjay Lal, will make the move to Indianapolis to work in the same capacity, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). Lal coached Buffalo’s wideouts for two seasons. Between 2009-14, he worked with the Raiders’ and Jets’ receiving corps. Lal replaces Lee Hull, whom the team dismissed.

Aside from that switch, the Colts will return OC Rob Chudzinski‘s staff. Former Dolphins HC Joe Philbin will remain in charge of Indianapolis’ offensive line, Quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer will return as well. Although, no such assurances are made to this staff beyond the 2017 season, and per Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, the assistants are exhibiting a sense of relief at the Senior Bowl that Ryan Grigson‘s firing did not come with a sizable staff shakeup.

Here’s more from the AFC.

  • Jim Irsay continues to consult with former Colts GM Bill Polian, per Holder, about the search to replace Grigson. Holder isn’t certain the Hall of Fame executive will sit in on the interviews, but it’s clear he’s functioning as a sounding board for his former boss.
  • When Doug Whaley listed some of the Bills‘ free agents, he categorized three players (Stephon Gilmore, Robert Woods and RFA punter Colton Schmidt) as starters before pointing to the other 25 players in that grouping as performers brought in for depth purposes. “The rest of those guys, we brought in for backup depth purposes and they’ve played extremely well, and that’s a compliment to our pro personnel department,” Whaley said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. “But we feel we have confidence that we can get a lot of those guys back on extended contracts.” Mike Rodak of ESPN.com points out UFAs like Lorenzo Alexander, right tackle Jordan Mills and Zach Brown enhanced their value this season (Twitter links) and won’t likely be regarded as depth players once they hit free agency. Rodak (via Twitter) also doesn’t see Alexander, used as an outside linebacker in Rex Ryan‘s 3-4 scheme, as a fit in Doug McDermott‘s 4-3.
  • The Jets are almost certainly set for some type of negotiation with Darrelle Revis about reducing his contract, but should he return in 2017, a transition to safety is in play. New Jets secondary coach Dennard Wilson said he “wouldn’t think it would be a problem” for Revis to take up playing on the back line, per Connor Hughes of NJ.com. Wilson demurred when asked whether he wants Revis on the 2017 team. The Jets can save $9MM by cutting Revis before the second day of the new league year but will incur a $6MM dead-money hit — one that would be alleviated, due to offset language, if Revis lands elsewhere.
  • Gang Green has done “extensive homework” on former Texans OC George Godsey, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Rapoport views Godsey, who mutually parted ways with the Texans after the team’s divisional-round loss to the Patriots, as a strong candidate to succeed Chan Gailey.
  • One of the Jets’ considerations with their No. 6 overall pick will be North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com notes. However, Pauline said upon discussions at the Senior Bowl that labeling the Jets as being infatuated with the early-entry Tar Heels talent may be a bit overblown, noting the Jets are part of a “pack of teams” at the top of the draft considering Trubisky.
  • Adam Jones could face a suspension next season after his profanity-laced tirade against police officers was captured on video. The Bengals cornerback issued an apology statement, via the Associated Press, following the franchise’s apology. Jones will be set for his age-34 season next year, which doubles as the second year of his latest Bengals contract.

Jets Notes: Revis, Harris, Geno, Tyrod

Opinions of Darrelle Revis appear to be divided within the Jets organization as he concludes a 10th NFL season that was probably his worst. A faction of Jets personnel believe the declining cornerback can be an asset at a lower rate and are of the opinion he would be open to taking a pay cut to stay with the team, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Another Jets staffer described Revis as being “a pig in terms of his money,” pointing to the 31-year-old defender being less receptive to slashing his 2017 salary. Mehta points to the $6MM figure as being what the Jets would want to reduce his salary to since that’s the fully guaranteed portion of his prospective ’17 earnings. On Friday, Revis categorized this impending showdown with management as one revolving around the question of whether the franchise will treat him with class or not.

The four-time first-team All-Pro’s 2017 cap number currently sits at $15.3MM, with a $2MM roster bonus due on the second day of the ensuing league year. Arguing the Jets should move on from Revis instead of renegotiating his deal or asking him to transition to safety, Mehta notes the former star cornerback will not see that bonus. Pro Football Focus ranks Revis as its No. 77 corner (out of 119 who qualify for full-time status). It will cost the Jets $8MM in dead money to release Revis while saving the team $7.3MM.

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  • While including Revis among potential Jets departure candidates — along with Brandon Marshall, Calvin Pryor and Sheldon RichardsonESPN.com’s Rich Cimini expects veteran David Harris to avoid such a fate and return next season. The longtime Jets inside linebacker will make $6.5MM, all of which is nonguaranteed, in 2017 as part of the three-year deal he signed prior to the 2015 season. A Jets starter since 2007, Harris will turn 33 in January.
  • Geno Smith should be a viable Jets option as a starter in 2017, Bob Glauber of Newsday writes. Noting there might not be many more attractive options on a quarterback market that could house Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick, Glauber points out Smith’s ACL tear will keep his price tag down and allow a potential reunion as Christian Hackenberg attempts to develop.
  • Conversely, Tyrod Taylor would not fit in Chan Gailey‘s system, Cimini notes, despite the run-centric quarterback being possibly on the move after this season. Should the Jets retain their OC for a third season, Taylor’s style wouldn’t mesh with the spread-passing setup Gailey’s created since arriving. However, Taylor would profile as a stopgap solution, something the Jets do not have presently.
  • Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan are likely to receive a third year with the team.

Extra Points: Revis, Jets, Bills, Vikes, Panthers

Cornerback Darrelle Revis wants to retire a Jet, he told Brian Costello of the New York Post, but it’s possible the team will release the declining defender in the offseason. Regarding that notion, the 10th-year man offered, “My thing would be this: Do the New York Jets want to treat my situation with class or no class? With me being one of the best players in the history of this franchise, do they want me to retire here or not retire here?”

Revis sees himself as “one of the best cornerbacks to ever play this game,” but he realizes he’s “losing a step.” Thus, the soon-to-be 32-year-old is seemingly open to taking a pay cut to remain with the Jets. “You have to understand what the next step is, what the next chapter is for you, and I understand that,” he said. “You feel where you’re at in your career, you talk to the guys upstairs and see what’s going to best help me and best help the team moving forward.”

Revis is set to rake in a $13MM salary and count upward of $15.333MM against the cap next season, and the Jets surely view those as unpalatable figures. If the two sides do renegotiate Revis’ contract prior to next season, he’ll represent himself.

More from around the NFL:

  • Even if Teddy Bridgewater recovers from his disastrous knee injury by next season, the Vikings will begin 2017 with Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback, report Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN. Not only has Bradford fared well this year, but he’ll account for a $17MM cap hit against Bridgewater’s relatively meager $2.18MM charge next season. Both signal-callers are scheduled to become free agents in March 2018.
  • Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins opined Thursday that the team needs to “change the culture” in the wake of Rex Ryan‘s firing. Another high-profile Bill, running back LeSean McCoy, shared a similar sentiment Friday. “I think the discipline has been an issue,” McCoy told reporters, including Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “Players just [need to take] accountability for their own actions. … I just think as players, as professionals, we need to step up and play accountable. That’s the biggest issue.” McCoy added that “the coaches have to be hard on us” and “yell at us,” and revealed that players often had difficulty understanding their on-field assignments under Ryan. Similarly, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said Tuesday that Ryan’s scheme may have been too complicated. It’s worth noting, of course, that Watkins, McCoy and Dareus are likely the Bills’ three best players.
  • Panthers offensive lineman Trai Turner expressed confidence Thursday that left tackle Michael Oher would return next season. That will indeed be the case, per ESPN’s David Newton, who writes that Oher is out of the concussion protocol and preparing for the 2017 campaign. The 30-year-old missed all but three games this season as a result of the concussion he suffered in Week 2.
  • To recap a day filled with pass rusher-related news, the Seahawks extended Michael Bennett; the Colts’ Robert Mathis, who’s 18th on the all-time sack list, is retiring after Sunday; and the NFL won’t reinstate suspended Raider Aldon Smith this season.

AFC East Notes: Brady, Watkins, Bills, Revis

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says that playing until he’s 45 years old is a “great goal” of his, as WEEI.com’s Ryan Hannable writes.

I think that — they kind of brought that up and I said that would be a great goal,” Brady said. “I certainly think I can do it. It’s just about how long I want to make the commitment to doing the things that get me ready to go. Look, I love playing. I would love to play the game for as long as I can. There are a lot of things that aren’t up to me, but I am going to do everything I can to keep playing at this level for as long as I can. I think I can do it. Why would I stop now? I’ve worked to get to this point and this is I think when I can really capitalize and really try to make the most of everything that I have learned over the years with who I have been fortunate to be around. If I can keep doing it, I certainly think I can.

Brady is signed through 2019, when he will be 42 years old. Will the Patriots sign him to another deal? That depends on a lot of factors, including his performance and whether they have a succession plan in place involving Jimmy Garoppolo. Last year, we saw Peyton Manning decline sharply in his final season when he was only 39, so Brady will have his work cut out for him.

Here’s more out of the AFC East:

  • Speaking to reporters – including Mike Rodak of ESPN.com – on Wednesday, Bills receiver Sammy Watkins implied that the team could fire head coach Rex Ryan with a loss to 0-13 Cleveland on Sunday. “We know if we lose, something crazy might happen immediately,” he said. “We need to go out there and win this game.” A loss would drop the Bills to 6-8 this year and 14-16 during the Ryan era.
  • It has been speculated that the Jets could eventually move Darrelle Revis to safety, but it won’t be happening this season, coach Todd Bowles says (link via Brian Costello of the New York Post). Revis says he would consider moving to safety, possibly as soon as next season. But Bowles says that’s not a transition that should happen in the middle of the season. “It’s not a thought process right now,” Bowles said. “That’s something we may talk about in the offseason. It ain’t going to happen in the next three games.” Revis is under contract through 2019 thanks to the ill-advised deal given to him prior to the 2015 season. Already, Revis has declined sharply and the Jets have to be giving serious thought to taking a dead money cap hit and releasing him before the start of the 2017 season.
  • The Jets need a quarterback and they reportedly have their eye on UNC signal caller Mitch Trubisky.
  • This week, the Dolphins passed on activating Dion Jordan.