- Associated Press - Monday, September 6, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Darrelle Revis was walking toward his teammates on the practice field when a strange feeling came over him.

“I had butterflies,” the New York Jets‘ cornerback said with a grin Monday.

For a guy who routinely shuts down opponents’ best wide receivers, the acknowledgment of insecurity was stunning.

“I didn’t know how my teammates were going to accept me,” Revis said, “because I haven’t been here for a month.”

After some loud, welcoming cheers and good-natured ribbing, Revis knew he was finally back home. He signed his four-year deal Monday afternoon, apologizing to fans for not getting back sooner and officially making his return after a 36-day holdout.

“It was a good feeling just to see the guys,” Revis said, “just wanting to be around them because I haven’t been here for a while.”

Revis agreed to a new contract late Sunday night and took an early morning flight Monday from his home in South Florida. He arrived at the Jets‘ training facility after 1 p.m., rejoined his teammates and signed the deal.

“It was a long process,” he said. “It was rough on me. You know I’m a football player and I love to play the game and I’m happy it’s over with. I can go play football now.”

And, he’ll get started right away. Revis is expected to practice Tuesday and be ready to play in the season opener next Monday night against Baltimore.

“I do think we may play Revis, I’m not sure,” coach Rex Ryan quipped. “I think he might need to practice for several weeks before we play him, but don’t be shocked if he’s out there.

“In other words, he’s definitely playing.”

Revis said he has stayed in shape by working out during his holdout, but he acknowledges that he’s not necessarily in football shape.

“I haven’t had pads on and I haven’t had contact,” he said. “So that’s something I have to get back into and just take it slow in the process.”

The Jets and Revis‘ agents declined to announce financial terms of the deal, but it is reportedly worth at least $46 million, including $32 million guaranteed. Revis said all along he wanted to be the highest-paid player at his position, something agent Jonathan Feinsod said the Jets cornerback would be _ without releasing terms.

“The numbers would reflect in our minds that he’s being paid as the highest-paid cornerback,” Feinsod said.

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