A slip of the tongue at a press conference could cost Jets owner Woody Johnson a large sum of money, or worse: a draft pick.
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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and his franchise are facing tampering charges from the NFL over comments he made about New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on his Facebook page that the NFL is looking into levying penalties against Johnson and the Jets for comments Johnson made on December 29th, 2014 – a press conference in which he announced the firing of head coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik.
Johnson was asked about the possibility of New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis possibly returning to the Jets, where he played from 2007 to 2012. Johnson answered “I’d love for Revis to come back.” Statements about any type of plans of pursuit of players under contract with other teams are forbidden by NFL rules and subject to severe fines or forfeiture of draft picks.
Assuming the Patriots choose not to exercise their 2015 option on Revis, he will become a free agent.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichik was quick to point out after Johnson’s press conference that comments like the ones Johnson made could be considered tampering.
The Jets have plenty of cap space to use on a CB like Revis, who will likely be one of the most expensive free agent targets in the 2015 offseason.