During today's press conference to officially announce the New York Jets' signing of Darrelle Revis, head coach Rex Ryan had this to say about the return of his All-Pro cornerback,
"I think the great thing about it is that all Darrelle wanted to do was play."
Except when he didn't want to...for almost a month.
It's amazing how a four-year, $46 million contract will get a man to change his mind.
The good news? The New York Jets and their fans have their All-Pro shutdown cornerback back in the fold.
The bad news?
Brian Jackson was released and is currently seeking employment.
So maybe there really isn't any bad news for Jets' fans.
With that said, let's put the Darrelle Revis deal into further perspective.
Using Revis' 2009 regular season statistics, what exactly does approximately $11.5 million per season buy the Jets?
Darrelle Revis made 54 tackles last season.
Under the terms of his new deal that equates to $212,962 per tackle.
For the record, 47 of those 54 tackles were of the solo variety.
Memo to the seven Jets who assisted on Revis' other tackles: Ask for your slice of the pie.
Darrelle Revis didn't have any sacks last season.
In fact, the only sacks he'll probably have in 2010 will be the ones carrying the bulk of his newfound cash.
Of course he isn't paid to record sacks, but for $11.5 million per season, it sure would be a nice added bonus, wouldn't it?
Darrelle Revis had a total of six interceptions last year.
That's roughly $1,916,666 per interception.
Talk about your money ball.
Not only did Darrelle Revis have six interceptions last year, but he had a total of 121 return yards after the INTs.
With a 20.2 yards/interception average, that equates to $95.041 per yard of return.
If only Wall Street provided the same rate of return for its shareholders.
Darrelle Revis is pointing one finger to the sky.
Coincidentally, one also represents the number of touchdowns he scored in 2009.
A cool $11.5 million per touchdown: that gives reaching paydirt a whole new meaning.
With all of the Jets' offseason moves, none would have made any difference if Darrelle Revis wasn't a Jet.
Thanks to the hard work and persistence of coach Rex Ryan, GM Mike Tannenbaum, and team owner Woody Johnson, the Jets no longer have to envision a season without Revis.
When you're talking about the potential for the Jets to push past the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and make their first Super Bowl appearance since SB III, Jets' fans really can't put a price tag on that.