The NFL investigated the New York Jets earlier this month concerning cornerback Darrelle Revis’s return to the team looking for possible tampering.
According to the report, the NFL sent an investigator to the team’s facility in Florham Park, N.J., on March 8, during the three-day time period where “legal tampering” was allowed before free agency officially started on March 10.
The report states that general manager Mike Maccagnan and front office personnel were interviewed, but owner Woody Johnson was not.
Revis spent his first six NFL seasons with the Jets before traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 and then signing with the New England Patriots, helping them win a Super Bowl in his one and only season with the team.
The Patriots wanted the league to investigate the Jets after Johnson told reporters at an end of the season press conference that "Darrelle's a great player. I'd love for Darrelle to come back."
The day after Johnson's press conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told a Boston radio station that he expected the league to look into those comments.
New England declined a $20 million option on Revis for 2015, as he would have counted $25 million against the team’s salary cap.
Revis then signed a five-year, $70 million contract with $39 million guaranteed to return to New York, calling the signing "a no-brainer."
- Scooby Axson