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Revis takes swipe at Patriots over DeflateGate

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Revis takes swipe at Patriots over DeflateGate

When former Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington joined the Ravens recently, he diplomatically avoided wading into the Patriots' DeflateGate controversy.

Not so for ex-Pats cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Revis, who is back with the Jets after a one-year stint with the Patriots, didn't hold back when asked about the Patriots and their checkered history with the rule book.

"(The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff," Revis told the New York Daily News. "You can't hide that.… Tom (Brady) was there when they did that stuff in the past."

Revis told the paper that he was not aware of any shenanigans with the footballs -- the basis for Brady's four-game suspension, the Patriots' $1 million fine and the docking of two draft picks -- but he said there was no denying the Patriots history.

"New England's been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble," Revis said. "When stuff repeatedly happens, then that's it. I don't know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do."

Revis also said that he doesn't see that the union has much argument over Roger Goodell hearing Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension -- since the collective bargaining agreement that the union signed off on endorses the concept.

Goodell, Revis said, is "the judge, jury and executioner. Everybody signed off on it…. Why didn't we stand up when it was time to stand up? You can talk about it after the fact, but we all agreed to it. So (the union's) got to point the finger back at (the union)."

Then again, now that Revis plays for the Jets, i.e. in the same division as New England, he's probably just fine with Brady's suspension holding tight at four games.

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

If you want to sign Dez Bryant in 2018, it will have to be on a one-year deal.

The 29 year-old wide receiver turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of finding a one-year deal that enables him to test the open market again in 2019, Ed Werder of The Doomsday Podcast first reported.

Bryant - who finished 2017 with 69 receptions, 838 yards and six touchdowns -  is predicating a bounce back season in 2018 with hopes of a big money, long-term contract in 2019.

The offer was similar to that of Michael Crabtree's three-year, $21 million deal, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The Ravens had to offer Bryant a multi-year deal in order to fit his number under the salary cap.

Since turning down their offer, the Ravens signed former Saints WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million contract. 

Bryant will now have to wait until after the 2018 NFL Draft to work out a deal with an organization, if one is still searching for a wide receiver going in to the tail end of his career. 

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.

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