FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots reportedly have filed tampering charges against Jets owner Woody Johnson for his recent comments about Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis.
According to ESPN, the NFL is looking into Johnson's statement that he'd "love" for Revis to return to the Jets, who drafted him 14th overall in 2007. He made the comment in late December during a news conference in which he discussed his decision to fire coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik.
"I mean, Darrelle is a great player. And if I thought I could have gotten Darrelle for that [amount], I probably would have taken him," Johnson said, referring to the $12 million Revis earned this season with the Patriots. "It was our best judgment to do what we did. Darrelle's a good player. I'd love Darrelle to come back."
A portion of the league's anti-tampering policy states: "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."
Even so, the rule is not always enforced. But a few hours after talking about Revis, Johnson called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to apologize for his poor choice of words.
"I misspoke today when I commented on Darrelle Revis," Johnson said through the Jets' Twitter account that day. "I would never interfere in the contractual relationship of a player with another team and should not have used those words. I called Robert Kraft this afternoon to emphasize those points."