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Revis hold-out might last a while

Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:42 pm
D. Revis, if he continues his hold-out, will have plenty of more time for photo shoots (Getty). I talked with Lauren Shehadi on Monday during the Around the League video segment , and I told her I thought the New York Jets would take care of CB Darrelle Revis’ contract. They’d have to, I thought. He’s the best cornerback in the league and he has plenty of leverage.

But I also pointed out that New York had moved Antonio Cromartie to Revis’ side of the field, so it seemed that the Jets felt like a longer hold-out was a possibility. But – and I don’t think I said this – I didn’t expect his absence to last into the season.

Well, that might not be the case. At least, that’s the sense I got from reading this Boston Globe story about Revis’ holdout, which entered its third day today.

From Albert Breer’s piece:

What are the chances the Jets start playing games that count without Revis? Better than you think.

“The main issue with us at this point is total compensation,’’ owner Woody Johnson said. “The guaranteed money or length of a contract or all the things that are part of a contract. . . we haven’t even negotiated those, because we’re so far apart on the other one.’’

The gap is, indeed, cavernous, according to league sources. The Jets have made a one-year offer, giving Revis a hefty raise from his $1 million salary with a promise to revisit the situation later, and they’ve also made a blockbuster long-term offer. Revis’ opinion of both is represented by his absence.

But more than the dollars, the divide is philosophical.

Revis’ position is simple. He wants that highest-paid-cornerback designation. That distinction now belongs to the RaidersNnamdi Asomugha, who signed a three-year, $45.3 million deal with $28.3 million guaranteed in 2009 that brings him $16.585 million in 2010.

Breer then points out something I hadn’t thought about. Sure, Revis deserves to be one of the highest-paid players in the NFL – though I don’t see how New York will give him $15 million – but he’s still only a third-year player who still has three years left on his contract.

Oakland’s Asomugha played out a contract and then was franchise-tagged before getting his huge contract. Asante Samuel, Dunta Robinson, Nate Clements and Champ Bailey went through similar circumstances. Why shouldn’t Revis have to wait a little longer – prove a little more – before he gets paid like a big-boy cornerback.

I think eventually Revis will get more money, because he’s so invaluable to the Jets defense. But it might take longer to get him on the field than I originally thought. And New York – financially and defensively – will be the poorer for it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:42 am

Revis hold-out might last a while

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:37 am

Revis hold-out might last a while

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:31 am

Revis hold-out might last a while

there's two sides to this. one, revis definitely deserves a raise for what he brings to the table. he was hands-down the best corner in the league last year, and will most definitely be among the best moving forward. everyone admits he deserves a raise.

the other side to this is that despite popular belief, the jets have the most leverage in this situation. will they miss him, of course they will. however, because he's under a three-year contract, and an nfl players career is so short, revis will eventually hurt himself by missing games. period. the jets could literally hold him hostage for three seasons, virtually ruining his career if they chose to do so.

so where does that lead? well, a deal has to get done. he may very well miss a couple of games. so what? if he turns down everything they throw at him, then so be it. it would appear that jets' leadership is winning the publicity battle as well as the negotiation battle in my eyes.

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:23 am

Revis hold-out might last a while

If you think Revis is worth 10 million a year already then your crazy! This guy loves himself a bit too much... Holding out for the kind of money he wants is absolutely ridiculous.. How about showing a little "team" in himself.. He's all about himself and while I can understand wanting the most for yourself, why doesn't he try earning a little more before he gets the big pay day... 1 or 2 years doesn't put you in the hall of fame...

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2010 10:40 pm

Revis hold-out might last a while

and what athlete doesn't have a ridiculous contract?  I love how everyone wants to blame Revis holding out on the Raiders,  the Raiders didn't sign Revis' contract form him, he signed it now own up to it.  Nnamdi played out his entire contract, was tagged with the exclusive tag and then got his contract.  Is it ridiculous? Yeah it is, but tell me one athlete that doesn't have an out of control contract, because they all do.  They play a frickin sport.  It's not for the love of the game, more like for the love of the money.  It's not Al Davis or Nnamdi's fault Revis is holding out and THINKS he is worth more than $16 mil a year.

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:46 pm

Revis hold-out might last a while

Well seeing as how this is training camp, the Jets are placing Cromartie in the position where Revis would be playing. If this was pre-season and the starters were in I'd be willing to bet that Rex moves Cromartie wherever the opposing teams no. 1 is playing rather than letting dwight lowery cover him. Just my opinion. And since Cromartie would be playing on the right side if Revis was in the formation, switching him to the left where Revis would normally play allows him to step into that role.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:43 pm

Revis hold-out might last a while

hey i think you are the idiot my friend.  yes Nnamdi "earned" his contract, but he did not "earn" the amount of money he got.  Al Davis paid him what 16MM a year, when the next highest CB is Samuel who is only making 9.5MM i believe.  The point is that the Jets shouldnt have to pay Revis what Davis paid Nnamdi because it's a ridiculous contract

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:43 pm

Revis hold-out might last a while

The "total compensation" issue is definitely a part of it but the biggest problem is that Revis wants the Jets to guarantee the contract both against performance and against injury. If he had half a brain he would follow D'Brickashaw Ferguson's route of taking the performance guarantee and getting the guarantee against injury insured by a private company. The reason Brick was the first to get his deal is because he went about it with class and dignity, he wasn't demanding a new deal or to be the highest paid player at his position, even though he is one of the best. He had faith thsat his performance and actions would speak for themselves and for it he was rewarded with $60M. I used to think Revis could do no wrong but the first time I heard he wants/demands to be the highest paid anything, I instantly lost respect for him. He's just proving that he is no different than any other of todays spoiled breed of athlete and is putting himself ahead of the team. With all the moves the Jets made to bolster their defensive roster, we would obviously miss Revis, but not as much anymore as maybe 3 months ago. Antonio Cromartie is back in a man coverage system where he thrived in SD and with Rex Ryan at the helm, Cromartie, Lowery and hopefully not before too long Kyle Wilson will be great for our defense. Lowery is the big question mark after being burnedm, badly, by the Colts in the AFC championship game but hopefully he's seen enough of the replays to right the ship. It is not that the Jets don't want to pay Revis, they have said they are willing to get the deal done IF IT WORKS FOR BOTH SIDES. Clearly at this point Revis doesn't care about the team it's all about me, me, me. I don't think he will get a warm welcome from the club if and when he decides to man up and stop being such a spolied baby. He held out for his rookie contract for christ's sake, now he's halfway done with that deal and he's already clamoring for highest-paid designation. I'm not saying he isn't the best player on our team/defense but he doesn't care about his teammates and the deals they will be looking to sign while he's holding out for more money.

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:36 pm

Revis hold-out might last a while

Dear Mr. Revis,

Please consider striking a deal.  I am making a suggestion without considering your great skills or the short amount of time you will have to play at this top level.  

1- Is a person with 35 million as happy as a person with 34 million?
2- Does this country need another unemployed black man?

A lifelong Jet Fan 

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 11:22 am

Revis hold-out might last a while

Oh and one other piece of BS I forgot to mention.
The fact that the Jets are working Cromartie on the left side means NOTHING.  Revis doesn't play a traditional left cornerback role.  He covers the #1 receiver wherever he goes, meaning that the corner opposite Revis has to be ready to switch sides as well.

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