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Why Darrelle Revis Is Worth Every Penny of Massive Contract

New England Patriots' Darrelle Revis answers questions during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
New England Patriots’ Darrelle Revis answers questions during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(Bleacher Report) – Darrelle Revis may not be the final piece to a championship puzzle for the New York Jets like he was for the New England Patriots, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be worth every penny of the reported five-year, $70 million contract he signed to rejoin the team that drafted him.

That’s a lot of money for any player, but “a lot” is not the same as “too much.”

For starters, the Jets had to spend “a lot” in order to reach the salary floor this year and avoid a penalty. Teams have to spend 89 percent of the salary cap from 2013-2016, and the Jets were at 81.2 percent before free agency opened, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. That’s part of the reason why they had roughly $45 million in salary-cap space entering the offseason, according to OverTheCap.com.

So, while the Jets can blame former general manager John Idzik’s bargain-bin free-agency strategy for the team’s relative lack of success over the past two seasons, they can thank him for affording the Jets an opportunity to spend big on a proven commodity.

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