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Woody Johnson tampers with Revis then backtracks

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Jets Owner Woody Johnson is going the old backtracking route after “mis speaking” about wanting Darrelle Revis back in a Jets uniform today.

Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten Darrelle for that, I probably would’ve taken him,” Johnson told reporters of the one-year deal Revis signed with the Patriots in March. “And it was our best judgment to do what we did. Darrelle’s a great player — I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”

That is NFL tampering at its finest, at least according to the rules.

“Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’s player to that player’s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation of this Anti-Tampering Policy. (Example of a prohibited comment: ‘He’s an excellent player, and we’d very much like to have him if he were available, but another club holds his rights.’) In addition, speculation by a club owner, executive, or employee on whether a player under contract to a second club may play for a third club in the future may negatively impact the relationship between the player and the club currently holding his rights. If comments are found to have adversely affected that relationship, a finding of tampering can result. All clubs should be aware that improper disclosure of confidential trade discussions with another club may be a violation of this section on prohibited public statements.”

Belichick believes the league should look into it when talking to WEEI this morning.

“I would think that the league would look into those comments,” Belichick said today. “I’m sure that’s something that they would look into.”

NFL declined to comment today.

It was brought to Woody’s attention that what he said could be considered tampering, and the Jets twitter account went to work backtracking.

“I misspoke today when I commented on Darrelle Revis. I would never interfere in the contractural relationship of a player with another team and  should not have used those words. I called Robert Kraft this afternoon to emphasize those points.”

I wouldn’t worry too much about Revis going back to the Jets without Rex Ryan there, but still tampering is tampering.


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