is ready to move on with his career in Tampa Bay. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
You'd think that Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis would have been happy with his new surroundings on Monday night. After all, his team got off the schnied with a 22-19 win over the Miami Dolphins, and Revis took in the fourth-quarter interception that ended Miami's last attempt at a comeback. But after the game, Revis told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post that he's got a beef with the same New York Jets fans who cheered for him when he was the team's best player from 2007 through '11.
“I get harassed every day on Twitter [by Jets fans], and I barely even tweet. And you just get tired of it,” Revis told Hubbuch. “You’ve got to have a backbone, because guys are saying, ‘F–k you!’ and ‘I want to kill you!’ It’s crazy, but I’ve been getting death threats from them since my first holdout [in 2010]. It’s just bitter Jets fans.”
Revis missed most of the 2012 season with an ACL injury, and new Jets general manager John Idzik seemed non-committal about Revis' future with the team from the start. After a lot of contentious comments back and forth, the Jets traded Revis to the Buccaneers for Tampa Bay's first-round pick in the 2013 draft. The Jets used that pick on Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, a serious contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Jets, however, took Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with their own first-round pick, and Milliner has not performed well to date.
Revis, now in the first year of a six-year, $96 million contract, is essentially playing year-to-year for the rest of his NFL career, because there is no guaranteed money in the deal. Still, he says, Jets fans see him as money-hungry, and they're not shy about expressing their feelings on social media. This escalated when one fan asked him early in November if the $16 million he was earning on a losing team was better than the $12 million he'd be making with the 5-4 Jets. Revis replied that it was.
“They’re still not over the fact that I’m not there no more, and they give me crap all the time on Twitter,” Revis said. “If they would understand the business of it and understand what happened, then maybe they would know and maybe they would quit trying to point the finger at me. That’s where it is.
"[...] It don’t help with the record [the Buccaneers have], but at the same time, just let it go. I’m not there no more, Jets fans. I’m not there. When I left, I left with class. I didn’t leave saying, ‘Eff the Jets organization’ or anything like that. You’ve got to move on.”
Revis has, but some fans of his old team certainly haven't.