- Associated Press - Monday, September 6, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Revis Island is open for business again _ just in time for the New York Jets to start what they hope will be a Super Bowl run.

All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis and the Jets agreed in principle to a four-year contract Sunday night, a week before the team’s season opener.

He wrote on his Twitter page Monday afternoon that he arrived in New Jersey after flying from his home in South Florida. Revis was not at practice, but was expected to be in uniform Tuesday after signing the deal later Monday.

The Jets wouldn’t disclose financial terms, but the Daily News reported it was worth $46 million, including $32 million guaranteed.

“It not has only been hard on u guys, but it has for me too,” Revis tweeted early Monday morning. “I just want to tell yall that I’m sorry for this process and I can’t wait to get back on the field.”

Revis, nicknamed “Revis Island” for his ability to routinely shut down opposing receivers, held out for 36 days.

“This is an intermediate step to what we hope is an entire career of Darrelle as a Jet,” general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. “For him to retire a Jet, for him to hopefully go to the Hall of Fame one day as a Jet and for him to be in our ring of honor.”

The move capped a busy day for the Jets, who earlier Sunday cut veteran fullback Tony Richardson and waived wide receiver David Clowney and running back Chauncey Washington. New York also claimed wide receiver Patrick Turner (Miami), offensive tackle Patrick Brown (Minnesota) and defensive tackle Marcus Dixon (Dallas).

But, the deal with Revis was by far the biggest news, especially because Tannenbaum acknowledged he wasn’t sure it would ever happen. He said the Jets even looked into trades over the weekend for other cornerbacks.

“This was one of those things where I really wasn’t optimistic,” Tannenbaum said. “I really wasn’t. I’m an optimist by nature, but this was really hard. There was a lot of heavy lifting, a lot of work put into it.”

Including both owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan flying to South Florida on Saturday to meet with Revis, mother Diana Gilbert and uncle and former NFL player Sean Gilbert.

“I think that was an important step in the process, but there was still obviously more work to be done,” Tannenbaum said. “We spent all day looking at it and probably about (11 p.m. Sunday), we made a very significant breakthrough to finding a landing spot that was good for both sides.”

Ryan was scheduled to have a conference call with reporters Saturday night to discuss the Jets‘ roster cutdown, but Tannenbaum handled it instead. The team said Ryan was unavailable because he had an “appointment.”

That turned out to be a visit with the man whom Ryan has repeatedly called the best cornerback in the NFL.

Revis began his holdout Aug. 1, when the team reported for training camp in Cortland. Tannenbaum said the nearly $600,000 in fines Revis accrued for sitting out would be handled internally.

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