FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- There were many ups and downs in Darrelle Revis' two tenures with the Jets, and last season's ending wasn't very pretty. But it sounds like the Jets are able to get past all the bad and will eventually honor him for all the good.
The first indication of that came on Monday when new Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne indicated he got some resistance from the Jets when he first signed and asked to wear No. 24 this season. That's the number he wore in Dallas, but it's also what Revis wore with the Jets. He said the Jets "weren't sure" what they wanted to do with the number and it sounded like they resisted -- if not outright refused -- Claiborne's request.
"Yes, I definitely asked for it because that's the only number I know," Claiborne said. "But I understand the history behind that number.
Asked if the Jets told him that they planned to retire Revis' number, Claiborne became evasive.
"I didn't really get into details on it," he said. "I don't really want to go into it because I don't know what's going on, but I knew who wore that number and I can understand why we're going through it with that number, with that person."
It make sense that the Jets would, at the least, hold back from immediately giving away Revis' number, something many teams do with players who meant something significant to their team. Revis, of course, played eight seasons for the Jets in two separate stints and was one of the greatest defensive players in franchise history. He is likely to land in their Ring of Honor some day.
Only five players have ever had their numbers retired by the Jets, though: Joe Namath (12), Don Maynard (13), Curtis Martin (28), Joe Klecko (73) and Dennis Byrd (90).
Claiborne, by the way, settled on No. 21, but he made it clear he would've been with Revis' old number had the Jets allowed him to wear it.
"A lot of people said, 'Do you want that number? You have some big shoes to fill,'" Claiborne said. "Yeah, you're right, but I'm not coming to fill Revis' shoes. Revis' shoes are already filled. It's filled and then some. He's that guy, and I still think Revis is one of the better cornerbacks in the league.
"But I'm here to fill my own shoes. But when they told me about the history behind the number and what they wanted to do with the number, they weren't sure. I didn't worry about that. I'm not here to fight about the number."