Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he expects the NFL to look into possible tampering after Jets owner Woody Johnson commented about cornerback Darrelle Revis
Johnson spoke with the media after he fired head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik and said he didn’t make the decision to bring Revis back to the franchise. Revis spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Jets before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April 2013.
"Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten Darrelle for that, I probably would've taken him," Johnson said, according to NJ.com. "And it was our best judgment to do what we did. Darrelle's a great player. I'd love for Darrelle to come back."
Belichick went on Boston radio station WEEI and was asked about Johnson’s comments.
"I would think that the league would look into those comments, along the lines of what you just said," Belichick said. "I'm sure that's something that they would look into."
Johnson issued a statement saying he “misspoke” after the Revis comments.
"I would never interfere in the contractual relationship of a player with another team and should not have used those words,” Johnson said. "I called [Patriots owner] Robert Kraft this afternoon to emphasize those points."
Revis said he is unsure about his future with the Patriots and is focusing on the rest of the season. Revis has a $25 million cap hit for next season and is due a $12.5 million bonus if he is on the team’s roster on April 1.
- Scooby Axson