Darrelle Revis' next court appearance, which was scheduled for Thursday, will now take place six days after the start of NFL free agency -- complicating the Jets' decision even more.
The preliminary hearing for Revis to answer the charges he's been hit with stemming from an incident in Pittsburgh back on Feb. 12 was officially postponed on Tuesday afternoon and rescheduled for March 15. The hearing will take place at 12:30 p.m. in front of Judge Jeffrey Manning, and Revis is obligated to appear in person -- assuming that hearing takes place.
A lot can happen between now and then, including a plea deal, another continuation, or the charges being dropped altogether. For now, though, Revis remains charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count each of making terroristic threats, robbery, and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault as a result of an apparent street fight nine days ago that left two men knocked out on a street corner around 2:30 a.m.
The charge of making terroristic threats is a misdemeanor while the other four are felonies.
Revis' new attorneys, Robert DelGreco and Mark Fiorilli, insist that Revis "absolutely, categorically and positively did not knock out anyone (and) did not conspire with anyone to commit assault." They also deny he made threats or robbed anyone of his cell phone, which he was accused of doing.
The Jets have said only that they have spoken with Revis and according to a team source he has insisted to them that he did not hit anyone. Regardless, with this incident looming over them, they still have to make a decision on his future with the team before his roster bonus is due on March 11 -- four days before his next hearing.
Revis is also due $13 million in salary from the Jets if they don't release him, and $6 million of that is guaranteed no matter what. There is a chance they could recoup that $6 million if he's suspended by the NFL or if he's convicted of a crime or even if he strikes a plea deal. But to do that, they'd have to keep him and his hefty salary cap charge of $16 million on their books into free agency -- which seems unwise and unlikely. They'd also likely get stiff resistance, and perhaps a legal challenge, from the NFL Players Association if they attempted to go after any of his guaranteed money.