The New York Jets reportedly filed tampering charges against the New England Patriots over remarks Patriots owner Robert Kraft made about cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The charges reportedly were filed after Kraft spoke on Monday about the Patriots' pursuit of Revis, who signed a five-year, $70 million contract including $39 million guaranteed with the Jets earlier this month. Revis, 29, spent last season with the Patriots following one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and six with the Jets.
[daily_cut.nfl]"We thought we made a very competitive offer," Kraft said at the NFL's owners meetings on Monday, according to NJ.com. "I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots. We wanted to keep him. We wanted him in our system. We have certain disciplines [with spending]. We had hoped it worked out. It didn't. ... But as a fan, and in March and April, I hate to lose him.
"That's the team that drafted [Revis]. I think he feels a great commitment there. So we understand going back. We're sorry he didn't stay with us. ... We understand that he's a great player. The fan in me wishes he were still with us."
Last week, reports indicated the NFL investigated the Jets earlier this month concerning possible tampering with Revis. An investigator reportedly interviewed general manager Mike Maccagnan and front-office personnel on March 8 after Jets owner Woody Johnson said at an end-of-season press conference in December that "Darrelle's a great player. I'd love for Darrelle to come back."
The day after Johnson's comments, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told WEEI radio in Boston that he expected the NFL "would look into those comments."
In their filing of the tampering charges this week, the Jets "submitted to the league office a letter tracking the language cited by the Patriots when making their tampering charge in January," reports ProFootballTalk.com.
- Mike Fiammetta