The NFL filed tampering charges against the New York Jets in regards to comments made by team owner Woody Johnson about cornerback Darrelle Revis, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.
The NFL is investigating remarks Johnson made during a Dec. 30 press conference in which he announced the firing of general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan. During the press conference, Johnson offhandedly said to reporters he'd love the ex-Jet Revis to come back.
"Darrelle is a great player," Johnson said in December. "If I thought I could've gotten Darrelle for that (money that New England gave him), I probably would've taken him. It was our best judgment to do what we did. Darrelle is a great player. I'd love Darrelle to come back."
The league has not yet decided whether Johnson violated a specific rule or if he will be fined.
NFL rules prohibit statements of interest by a team to a player's agent or the media when that player is under contract with another team.
Johnson clarified his remarks after the press conference, saying in a statement he "would never interfere in the contractual relationship of a player with another team."
Revis spent six seasons with the Jets from 2007 through 2012, logging 241 tackles, 19 interceptions and three defensive touchdowns. He played for Tampa Bay for one season in 2013 before signing with the Patriots in advance of the 2014 season.
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