That doesn't mean people have to like it.
"It sucks. That's my reaction: It sucks," Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartietold New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were granted permission to talk to Revis. "Losing a guy like that just sucks. A leader in the locker room, a leader in the classroom, a leader on the field. A great playmaker on the field. It just sucks losing a guy like that.
"I'm surprised really, to tell you the truth. I'm surprised more so than anything."
The only surprise could be in the timing, and that's no shock with the NFL draft just four days away.
"I know it's a business, but I don't even have a reaction now," Cromartie said. "I don't even know what to say. I was thinking last year when I saw him that it was going to be the both of us (on the Jets) for a long time. But I understand the business standpoint of it.
"It's a disappointment. You look forward to playing with the best cornerback in the league. When you pair us two together, we felt like we had the best tandem. We had the best tandem. Now he's leaving. You just got to roll with the punches."
News broke Sunday morning that the Jets gave the Bucs permission to meet with Revis and perform a physical. Revis was on a plane and on the ground in Florida that afternoon. The teams had a foundation for the deal, and the details were expected to be wrapped up Sunday or Monday. Revis and the Bucs already had discussed a long-term contract.
Really, the only thing left was for Bucs doctors to sign off on the cornerback's surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligament.