According to ProFootballTalk, the Jets filed tampering charges today against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spoke at the NFL owners meetings yesterday about former-Patriot and current-Jet Darrelle Revis. Kraft told CSNNE that the Patriots made two competitive offers to Revis and had hoped to retain him, but things just didn't work out.
If those sound like pretty benign comments to file tampering charges over, that's because they are. But just two months ago the Patriots started this particular tit-for-tat when they filed tampering charges against Jets owner Woody Johnson for making fairly benign comments about then-Patriot Revis. The Jets tampering charges are no more than an attempt to tweak the Patriots, as evidenced by the language used in the filing. Via PFT:
Per a league source, the Jets have submitted to the league office a letter tracking the language cited by the Patriots when making their tampering charge in January.
As PFT points out, the circumstances here aren't identical. Johnson made his comments about a player under contract with another team who was about to become a free agent, whereas Kraft made his about a player that just signed a five-year contract with another team. But the Jets don't care about these differences. Turnabout is fair play, after all.
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