Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Darrelle Revis on Twitter: "16 (Million) is Better" than Playing For a Winning New York Jets Team and Making Less

After spending a few weeks away from the social networking service, Darrelle Revis returned to Twitter to answer a question from a fan.

His answer isn’t very long, and it doesn’t give much of an explanation, but it’s an interesting comment from a player on an 0-8 football team.


Where does one even begin when considering what this tweet means?

Is this a slight to Rex Ryan and Jets’ management, who traded him away despite his open desire to remain a member of the team? Is he saying that earning more money in a place where he’s wanted is better than the strife of being in New York and being unwanted?

Or is it a look into his own personality, and a sign that he’s “all about the money” and made the best financial decision he could make? Revis didn’t have to agree to a long-term deal with the Buccaneers, but he did because he believed it to be a wise business decision. Ultimately, almost any employment choice for anyone in any field of work takes money into consideration.

Could this also be a dig at Greg Schiano? Revis doesn’t say he’s happy being a Buccaneer, just that he’s happy being paid the total he’s currently being paid. Could this be a subtle way of saying he’s just collecting a paycheck until things change in Tampa Bay?

It could be none of the three. It could just be that Darrelle Revis is happy to be highly paid, and doesn’t regret his decision to come to Tampa Bay. He couldn’t have foreseen what has happened this year, and regretting his choice doesn’t help. He, like most other people, must know that this franchise is loaded with talent, so he’s happy to earn a large sum of money to go to work every day, and has no regrets for his choice to become a Buccaneer.

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    Compensation for pro athletes is always a controversial subject because there will always be a segment of fans that resent that “these guys get paid millions to play a game,” as if that over-simplification should dictate that athletes get paid something resembling what they themselves make.

    I vividly recall the venom directed at Revis by Jets’ fans when he held out for a better deal a few seasons ago. There was all the usual talk of “how dare this guy not honor his contract like a man” and such. Of course, in that exact same offseason, when the Jets told All-Pro OG Alan Faneca to either take a paycut or be released, there was nary a Jets’ fan to be heard chastising the team for not honoring the contract it signed with Faneca. (Note: The Jets did the same to Kellen Clemens, but he sucks so nobody cared.)

    Why the inconsistency? Why do fans expect players to honor contracts when not holding teams to the same standard?

    If Revis is portrayed as greedy than you know what? Good for him. The window for an NFL career is so small, why shouldn’t these guys make as much money as they can in that time span? It’s not as if the owners aren’t making money hand over fist.