Darrelle Revis has torn ACL Updated: September 24, 2012, 11:42 PM ET By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets star Darrelle Revis, widely regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL, tore the ACL in his left knee and will require season-ending surgery.
A Monday morning MRI exam confirmed the Jets' worst fears, leaving their struggling defense without its best player. Revis will wait two to three weeks before having the surgery, the team said. The usual recovery time for ACL surgery is six to nine months.
A somber Rex Ryan made the announcement at his noon news conference, admitting he had a hunch the MRI would reveal bad news after talking with a downcast Revis on the team's flight home from South Florida. He said the team doctor indicated after the game it was likely a significant injury.
"Is it a major blow when you lose a great player like Darrelle Revis? Of course, absolutely it is," Ryan said. "But this is a football team."
Ryan stopped short of saying Revis will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, but that's only a formality at this point. The Jets made a flurry of roster moves Monday, leaving them with 52 players. There will be a second opening once they put Revis on IR.
Revis, who returned to action Sunday after missing Week 2 with a concussion, was injured late in the third quarter of the Jets' 23-20 overtime win over the Miami Dolphins.
Buccaneers emerge as top suitor for Jets' Revis By BRIAN COSTELLO Last Updated: 9:56 AM, March 13, 2013 Posted: 1:49 AM, March 13, 2013 Jets Blog
The Jets did not make any splashy moves on the first day of free agency. The question now is: Will they make the biggest splash of the week by trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis?
Multiple reports yesterday said the Buccaneers are the leading candidate to make a deal with the Jets for Revis and a deal could be getting closer. Tampa Bay makes sense because it has more than $30 million in cap space, a need at cornerback and some familiarity with Revis and his agents. The Eagles also are reportedly interested.
The deal is still a very complicated one, and it’s hard to imagine it will come together quickly, but the Jets are motivated to trade their best player, according to a source. There are several hurdles to clear to make a trade, though.
There has been no contact with Revis’ agents yet, according to sources, something that is going to have to happen for the team trading for Revis to figure out a contract extension. There is little chance a team would make a deal for Revis without having him under contract beyond this season. It is possible the Jets will wait to agree on terms of a trade before bringing the agents into the fold.
Whatever team trades for Revis also is going to have to be comfortable that he is going to fully recover from his October left knee surgery, something no one can guarantee. If not, the Jets will not receive full value for their top commodity.
The Jets also made some maneuvers yesterday to clear salary cap space, something they will need if they deal Revis. If they trade him, they will get an additional $3 million cap charge.
The only hold-up to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' acquisition of cornerback Darrelle Revis was a physical to ensure that his surgically repaired knee was satisfactory to the team's medical staff.
Revis has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers on a six-year, $96 million contract, a source informed of the negotiations tells NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The deal averages $16 million annually, making Revis the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. However, the deal includes no guaranteed money....
Thanks mostly to ex-GM Mike Tannenbaum, Revis was pretty much the only player on the team that could be traded for a 1st round pick. I hate losing a player of his caliber, but it's been reported that the Jets weren't going to sign him after his contract ended next year, so they were basically forced to trade him or get nothing for him next year. With that said, I'm shocked that the Jets only got pick #13 in this years draft and a conditional 4th rounder (could end up being a 3rd rounder) in next years draft. But then again, TB was the only team interested in Revis, so that put the Jets in a bad situation.
I'm equally shocked that Revis's new contract included NO guaranteed money. Assuming he's able to come back at full strength (or even close to full strength), I think this was a great trade for the Bucs. Man it sucks being a Jets fan.
EDIT: And I didn't even mention that Revis will count $12M against the Jets cap for 2013.