The Jets are paying Darrelle Revis a little less than $6 million this season. So it seems only fair that he'll play in one of their games.
That, of course, will take place this Sunday when the 32-year-old Revis is scheduled to make his debut for the Kansas City Chiefs. He signed with them last Wednesday, eight months after the Jets released him. The Jets were pretty convinced Revis' NFL career was over when they cut him.
Think he might have a little something to prove?
It still remains to be seen how much Revis really does have left, and how much he'll be hurt by nearly a year out of football. But the Chiefs, desperate for help in the secondary, were willing to take a chance on him. And Chiefs coach Andy Reid even said he expects Revis will start sooner than later.
Based off what they saw last year, when Revis was a shell of his former self, was admittedly out of shape, and often times seemed disinterested, the Jets undoubtedly hope he's inserted into Kansas City's starting lineup now. And if he is, you can bet they'll do whatever they can to get the speedy Robby Anderson over on Revis' side. Because even if he's in better shape and more motivated than he was last season, he's undoubtedly going to be shaking off some rust.
"Well, I think you understand a couple of things (with Revis)," said Jets quarterback Josh McCown. "You understand if they put him out there they've obviously seen something at workouts and practices that they feel good about having him out there. You can't take anyone out there lightly. That's how you have to approach it.
"But obviously you have minicamps and training camp for a reason. It may take him a little bit to get into it. Who knows? Everybody's different."
The Jets will try and find out for sure if Revis is on the field for the Chiefs. Because, as McCown said, "These guys were here with him last year. They know him. I think maybe that could be a little bit of an advantage."
Of course, as Jets coach Todd Bowles reminded: "He knows us as well." Still, if the Jets can take advantage of the former all-pro cornerback, it would seem only fair considering they are paying Revis quite a ransom to not play for them this season -- about 16 times more than he'll be paid by the Chiefs. He still counts for $6 million on the Jets' cap and the Jets were contractually obligated to pay him that much even if he didn't play a single down this season. That money is off-set by what he makes from in Kansas City, but the Chiefs are only paying him $352,941 for the rest of this year.
So the Jets still owe Revis $5,647,059, even though he signed a two-year deal worth a reported $11 million. According to the NFL Network that deal calls for a minimum salary this season ($1 million) which is pro-rated over the final six games. And it calls for a $10 million non-guaranteed salary in 2018, but there's almost no way the Chiefs don't cut him before they have to pay that.
Revis' contract also reportedly calls for an additional $1.75 million if the Chiefs reach the AFC championship game and another $1.75 million if the Chiefs win the Super Bowl. It does not appear that those bonuses would impact what the Jets still owe. So all the Jets get back is that $352,941 - and that amount of cap space will be added to their account in 2018.
That's not anything the coaches and players are worried about, of course. In fact, on Monday they were pretty adamant that they're not worrying much about Revis at all.
"I'm just focused on preparing for the defense as a whole," said Jets receiver Jermaine Kearse. "I don't want to make this bigger than it is. I know it's kind of a home coming for him going against his former team. But I'm not going to make it bigger than what it is."
"I've been on teams where you spend time worrying about a player and the other 10 guys kill you," Bowles added. "So we've got to get ready for the Chiefs, not Darrelle."