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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan said it was “really weird” seeing Darrelle Revis last season in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform. On Thursday night, the New York Jets‘ coach will get an up-close look at his former cornerback wearing the colors of his No. 1 rival, the New England Patriots.
And that will be beyond weird.
“A little sick to my stomach,” Ryan said Tuesday, imagining how he will react.
Revis used to be a Ryan guy, and now he’s a Bill Belichick guy. It’s tough to handle for the New York fan base, which considered Revis one of the best players in Jets history. No one feels the loss more than Ryan, whose secondary is in disarray.
Ryan was interested in re-signing Revis last offseason when he was released by the Bucs, according to sources. The feeling was mutual, but the Jets’ front office, which traded him to Tampa Bay in 2013 amid a bitter divorce, never tried to negotiate a homecoming.
Watching him sign with the Patriots was like a kick in the stomach for Ryan, the Jets and their fans.
“Oh, man, I’m not going to go there,” said Ryan, refusing to answer when asked if he wanted to bring back Revis. “Let’s focus on the team right now in front of us, and recognize the guy is an excellent player and plays on someone else’s team. That’s the way it is.”
Revis played with the Jets from 2007 to 2012, the last four seasons under Ryan. In that time, he was considered the top cornerback in the league, spawning the nickname “Revis Island.”
But business got in the way — acrimonious contract negotiations — and general manager John …read more