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Darrelle Revis on returning to Jets: 'This is where I wanted to be'

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis eyes the offense of

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis eyes the offense of the Baltimore Ravens. (Sept. 13, 2010) Credit: Joe Rogate

Darrelle Revis is where he always wanted to be.

And shortly after he signed on the dotted line, he contemplated whether he could see himself retiring as a Jet.

"That would be awesome if that did happen," he said with a chuckle during a late-night conference call with reporters Wednesday night. "That would be pretty awesome, man."

Hours earlier, Revis and his cousin, Jimmy Moore, boarded a jet in Fort Lauderdale at 2:21 p.m. and touched down in Morristown, New Jersey, two hours, 18 minutes later. With his physical complete and with a five-year, $70-million contract of which $39 million is guaranteed, Revis officially became a Jet for the second time.

"It's pretty surreal. But at the same time, it's exciting," he said of rejoining the Jets. " . . . We've been through a lot."

He said "a number of teams called" but in the end, "it was a no-brainer to come here cause I know the organization."

The Jets moved up 11 spots to draft Revis with the 14th overall pick in 2007 and he spent six seasons with them before his career took a dramatic turn. After undergoing major knee surgery in 2012, he was traded to the Buccaneers by former Jets general manager John Idzik.

After an "unbelievable" Super Bowl win with the Patriots, Revis is looking forward to a new chapter with first-year GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles.

"The main thing I really wanted to focus on was doing the right thing -- coming home," said Revis, who became a free agent on Tuesday after the Patriots declined to pick up his $20-million option for the 2014 season. "This is where I wanted to be."

Revis conceded that "everyone has an opinion" on his ability to secure hefty contracts from various teams. But he said matter-of-factly: "Everybody's got to get paid based on how they perform on the field."

Revis wouldn't discuss financial offers or whether the Patriots came close to keeping him. Instead, he stressed the importance of "all the history I have with the New York Jets."

"I think the bigger decision for me was to just come back home," he said. "Come home . . . and make it a marriage."

The Jets also officially announced the signings of former Browns cornerback Buster Skrine and offensive lineman James Carpenter. Strong safety Marcus Gilchrist visited the Jets, but no deal has been announced. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie also wants to rejoin Revis and the Jets, but both sides have yet to agree on contract figures.

Revis said he plans to call Cromartie soon and "hopefully" persuade him to re-sign with the Jets so they can have their "Batman and Robin tandem" again.

Revis said he hasn't talked to Bowles about what his role will be this season, but he told the team's website that he's "real excited" to be a part of Bowles' defense.

Said Revis: "I think I can be a piece to the puzzle."

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