“We did our due diligence,” general manager Mark Dominik said, “or else we wouldn’t have made a deal of this magnitude.”
Revis was entering the final year of a contract that would have paid him $6 million in 2013, $10 million less than he’ll receive annually with Tampa Bay. His old contract also included a clause that would have prevented the Jets from using the franchise or transition tag on him next year.
So rather than risk the chance of losing Revis as a free agent in 2014 without receiving as much compensation as the cornerback would have commanded now, the Jets decided to trade him.
Tampa Bay, which was more than $32 million under the salary cap, was thought to be the most likely suitor.
“We felt it was one of those win-win situations for both organizations,” Dominik said.
Nevertheless, talks between the Bucs GM and new Jets general manager John Idzik dragged on for a couple of months. Negotiations heated up when Tampa Bay insisted a deal be in place a minimum of a week before the start of the draft.
The teams agreed to compensation last Thursday. Dominik then received permission to contact Revis’ agents to begin discussions on a long-term contract and eventually flew the cornerback to town for a physical on Sunday.
Revis said he met Idzik for the first time last week and that the Jets GM told him he wanted the cornerback to remain in New York.
Asked if he felt Idzik had been untruthful, Revis said: “Yeah. ... I felt that type of vibe.”
At the same time, the seventh-year pro said he’s not bitter about how his stay in New York ended. He admitted he “felt some type of way” when he learned the Jets were willing to trade him, but insisted he’s not upset.