Darrelle Revis envisions ‘Batman & Robin’ reunion with Antonio Cromartie
Now that Darrelle Revis’ five-year, $70 million mega-contract with the New York Jets has been finalized, the cornerback has set his sights on perhaps orchestrating a move to bring back one of his former cohorts in the Gang Green secondary.
During a conference call with reporters on Wednesday night, Revis said he could envision a dynamic duo-like reunion with Antonio Cromartie and suggested he may reach out to his former teammate.
“I’m going to get in contact with him very soon and try to convince him to come back and join our Batman and Robin tandem that we had a couple of years ago,” Revis said about Cromartie, via ESPN.
The Jets, even without Revis’ input, already were making an effort to bring back Cromartie into the fold. The latest reports indicate that the cornerback and the team engaged in negotiations late into Tuesday night and resumed talks on Wednesday.
Revis and Cromartie comprised a lethal pairing in the Jets secondary when the tandem played together from 2010-2012. Revis of course was traded to the Buccaneers, later signed with the Patriots, won a Super Bowl in New England and now has returned to his former team.
Revis, despite the huge money lavished upon him by the Jets, said it was about something more important than millions upon millions of dollars.
“The bigger decision for me was to come back home,” Revis told reporters. “I have a history with the Jets. I felt like it was a no-brainer.”
Cromartie, meanwhile, was traded to the Jets by the San Diego Chargers in 2010. After signing a four-year, $32 million contract in August 2011, he was released by Jets in March 2014 and spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals.
Reports indicate that Cromartie is deciding between the Jets, Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that New York is the clear leader to sign the corner.
And if that’s the case, it will feel just like old times for Gang Green. Batman & Robin once again will be patrolling the secondary for the Jets. If so, expect a lot of “Vronk!” ZZonk!” Splatt!” and Kapow!” coming from the Jets defensive backfield next season.
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