NEW YORK - (AP) - Revis Island is open for business again - just in time for the New York Jets to start their Super Bowl run.
All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis and the Jets agreed inprinciple to a four-year contract Sunday night, reaching a deal aweek before the team's season opener.
"It not has only been hard on u guys, but it has for me too,"Revis wrote on his Twitter page early Monday morning. "I just wantto tell yall that I'm sorry for this process and I can't wait toget back on the field."
The Jets wouldn't disclose financial terms of the deal, but theDaily News reported it was worth $46 million, including $32 millionguaranteed.
"Barring something unforeseen, we expect Darrelle to be here(Monday)," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said during aconference call early Monday morning.
Revis, nicknamed "Revis Island" for his ability to routinelyshut down opposing receivers, planned to fly from his home in SouthFlorida to New Jersey on Monday morning. He's expected to finalizethe deal and end his 36-day holdout.
"This is an intermediate step to what we hope is an entirecareer of Darrelle as a Jet," Tannenbaum said, "for him to retirea Jet, for him to hopefully go to the Hall of Fame one day as a Jetand for him to be in our ring of honor."
The move capped a busy day for the Jets, who earlier Sunday cutveteran fullback Tony Richardson and waived wide receiver DavidClowney and running back Chauncey Washington. New York also claimedwide receiver Patrick Turner (Miami), offensive tackle PatrickBrown (Minnesota) and defensive tackle Marcus Dixon (Dallas).
But, the deal with Revis was by far the biggest news, especiallybecause Tannenbaum acknowledged he wasn't sure it would everhappen. He said the Jets even looked into trades over the weekendfor other cornerbacks.
"This was one of those things where I really wasn'toptimistic," Tannenbaum said. "I really wasn't. I'm an optimistby nature, but this was really hard. There was a lot of heavylifting, a lot of work put into it."
Including both owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan flyingdown to South Florida on Saturday to meet with Revis, mother DianaGilbert, and uncle and former NFL player Sean Gilbert to try tohelp get a deal done.
"I think that was an important step in the process, but therewas still obviously more work to be done," Tannenbaum said. "Wespent all day looking at it and probably about (11 p.m. Sunday), wemade a very significant breakthrough to finding a landing spot thatwas good for both sides."
Ryan was scheduled to have a conference call with reportersSaturday night to discuss the Jets' roster cutdown, but Tannenbaumhandled it instead. A team spokesman said Ryan was unavailablebecause he was at an "appointment."
That turned out to be a visit with the man whom Ryan hasrepeatedly called the best cornerback in the NFL.
Revis began his holdout Aug. 1, when the team reported fortraining camp in Cortland. Tannenbaum said the nearly $600,000 infines Revis accrued for sitting out would be handled internally bythe team.
He was scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of hissix-year rookie deal, but wanted to become the league'shighest-paid cornerback. While he didn't get that this time around,he's getting the guaranteed money he sought during negotiationsover the last several months.
With NFL Films cameras following the Jets all summer for HBO's"Hard Knocks" series, Revis' holdout was a major story linewithout him ever appearing in an episode. He'll certainly be amajor focus in Wednesday night's series finale.
Revis, who made no public statements about the sometimesacrimonious negotiations since minicamp in June, thanked his familyand agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, through Twitter.
"To my family, neil, & john I love u guys I'm comin homebaby!!!" Revis wrote. "Revis Island LET'S GO."
The new contract means Revis will likely be back on the field intime for the opener next Monday night against Baltimore at the NewMeadowlands Stadium.
"That'll be Rex's call," Tannenbaum said.
The general manager said he "had no idea" what correspondingroster move the Jets would make once Revis was signed, sealed anddelivered.
"I'm sure Rex will be able to figure out what to do to getDarrelle on the team," Tannenbaum quipped.
Since early August, the team and Revis' agents agreed to keepall negotiations confidential after things got testy through themedia. With the silence came the fear that Revis could sit out theentire season, as his uncle once did.
Now, the Jets and their fans can breathe a big sigh of relief.
"Obviously, Darrelle's a great player," Tannenbaum said."He's our guy and he's an important piece to what we're trying toaccomplish here. ... I don't think anyone wanted it to take as longas it did, but it did. Now, we can put it behind us and move on toBaltimore."