Tag:Darrelle Revis Holdout
Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:22 am

Cromartie: Jets 'are the Miami Heat of football'

Posted by Will Brinson

If you weren't expecting the Jets to be less obnoxious the night of the "Hard Knocks" finale or slightly humbled as the season gets closer, well, you were wrong. You were also stupid -- as soon as they got Darrelle Revis back, it was obvious they were only going to get cockier.

But Antonio Cromartie has taken it to a new level, unless I'm somehow badly misconstruing the quote he dropped on Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News .

"We're the Miami Heat of football," cornerback Cromartie said.

Cro wasn't the only one smack-talking, either. (Note that we'll examine his statement below.)

"Some people may think if we took a step closer and just got there, that'd be enough," tight end Dustin Keller said. "But it's not at all. This team is basically Super Bowl or bust."

That's not TOO insane. Everyone should be "Super Bowl or bust" before the year in the NFL.

Mark Sanchez' decision to say "We're building a dream team," could be considered a little cooky though.

Okay, so you've heard the other crazy talk, but re: Cro and the Heat, is it a) ridiculous, b) incorrect, c) foolish or d) all of the above?

I'll go with "d" and here's why: for the Jets to be the "Miami Heat of football," they would need a top-three player in the NFL at three-fifths of the 22 positions on the field. Darrelle Revis gives them that at one position. Bart Scott perhaps. Santonio Holmes is a hell of a slot receiver, no question about it. Nick Mangold is an excellent center. Etc, etc.

 Look, I get that they're 1) chock full of big names, 2) riddled with tons of veterans chasing a ring, 3) one of the few favorites to win the championship even though people are really skeptical and 4) universally hated, but all of those things don't combine to overcome the fact that in comparison to the Heat, the Jets lack a significant amount of elite talent to really make a valid comparison.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 11:11 pm

Report: Revis gets $32 million for 1st 2 years

Posted by Will Brinson

Darrelle Revis got a new deal and he's ready to join the Jets and Rex Ryan is not throwing tantrums anymore because his best player is on board -- those are the important things to know about the end of the Revis Holdout Saga.

Also important are the details of Revis' contract; after all, what could the Jets have offered to finally get Revis' camp to cave? Fortunately, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has some reports on just that.

Three of the most important things are 1) Revis gets $32 million over the first two years of his deal (making him higher paid per year than Nnamdi Asomugha), 2) $13.772 million is guaranteed for skill and $13.772 is guaranteed for injury and 3) the voidable three years of his contract for 2014, 2015 and 2016 are contingent on Revis not holding out.

In other words, if he decides he wants ANOTHER contract before this one is up (which isn't that far-fetched, I suppose), those three years remain on the deal, which gives the Jets leverage they hope will keep Revis from wanting more money, which he might considering it's reported that he'll get $13.5 million total for the other two years of the deal.

At that point, he'll have pocked the first $32 million, so it's not that big of a potential dealbreaker, and it's possible/likely the Jets will have given him another contract once the lockout situation is sorted out.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 5:35 pm

Rex Ryan threw 'a tantrum' over Revis' absence

Posted by Will Brinson

Rex Ryan said Monday that the newly-signed Darrelle Revis makes his "job a lot easier". Yes, that's something that deserves a "thanks, Captain Obvious" or "duh" tacked on the end of it.

Still though, it's worth noting that Ryan, for all his talk about the defense being successful sans Revis, understands how important he is, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger 's Jenny Vrentas .

"Our team has no excuses and never would have if Darrelle wouldn't have been here," Ryan said. "But I will say this: It makes our job a lot easier ... we're better coaches now; (secondary coach) Dennis Thurman is a better coach today than he was yesterday."

Ryan added that Revis' "piece of the puzzle" for helping the Jets win "just happens to be much larger" than anyone else's. Which is probably why the Jets coach threw a "tantrum" over Revis' continued absence.

"It was like a boyfriend and girlfriend but the parents won't let you get together," Ryan said. "That was kind of how I felt. He wanted to play, I wanted him to play, but for some reason it wasn't happening."

The fact that Ryan not only thew a tantrum but visited Revis in Florida certainly lends plenty of credence to the notion that these contract talks were going nowhere and became rapidly escalated when the Jets realized what would happen to them (L-O-S-E) if they didn't have Revis on the field for Week 1.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:04 pm

Darrelle Revis' friends, family discuss holdout

Posted by Will Brinson

The fourth episode of Hard Knocks featured , obviously, plenty of Darrelle Revis chatter, and a little bit of Tim Cowlishaw talk as well . What did we learn? No one knows anything.

That's why ESPN sent Rich Cimini to Aliquippa, Pennsylvania in the hopes of actually finding Revis and talking with him. His success was pretty minimal: he got rebuffed by Revis' ex-coaches and some friends, but he did get to talk with Revis' grandmother.

When asked if she knew whether or not Revis was headed back to the Jets, she responded, "Not that I know of," and then went off on a bit of a rant.

"Darrelle does what he does because he loves it," she said, sitting at her dining-room table. "For this to be happening to him, it's almost like a slap in the face, because he's not appreciated."

"I know he wants to play, but Darrelle understands contract negotiations," she said, wearing the local school's colors -- an orange Aliquippa High T-shirt. "Some players don't get it, but Darrelle can read a contract. I think he's comfortable with his decision [to hold out] because he knows what he was told by the Jets and he knows what he's worth.

"People are trying to portray him as greedy, but he has outperformed his contract," she continued. "For them to put him in this position is just unreal."

The interview ended when Revis' grandmother got a call from her daughter, "who heard that a reporter from New York was there, asking questions." Which is fantastic, in a small town kind of way.

Not so fantastic is the news that even Revis' grandmother's firmly behind his "pay me or I'm not playing" stance -- although reports to the contrary have surfaced recently, it seems pretty unlikely that he's going to be with the Jets any time soon.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 12:07 pm

Cowlishaw fully backs off Revis report

Posted by Will Brinson

As we noted yesterday , Tim Cowlishaw was doing his best Darrelle Revis impersonation (quickly backpeddling to get into coverage, natch) on his Darrelle Revis report.

Today, Cowlishaw penned a mea culpa at the Dallas Morning-News indicating that at this point, he "can't say for sure where [the deal] stands for this weekend."D. Revis (US Presswire)

Don't be fooled into thinking anything too mean about Cowlishaw on this one: he admitted that it was him -- and, importantly, not his source -- that was wrong in this instance. There's still a possibility, though, that the deal could go down sometime this weekend, which Cowlishaw hinted at when he wrote that he wished he "could take those 15 words I sent out on Twitter ... Sunday afternoon" and change them to this:

"I think Revis and Jets get contract done sooner rather than later -- probably this week, maybe even Wednesday."

That is, of course, a VASTLY different statement from the scoop-ish manner in which Cowlishaw dropped the original news on Sunday.

Not all of Cowlishaw's post is completely apologetic, though: he spends the last few paragraphs pointing out that he wasn't the "worst kind of wrong" -- as someone who has "missed" a scoop before because something that was supposed to happen didn't happen, I get where he's going there.

There was no fabrication of a story, no lying, and no, Cowlishaw didn't report something insane like "Darrelle Revis traded to the Patriots for Logan Mankins" and completely whiff on the story.

But he's still wrong ; there's no two ways about it. The good thing is that he was willing to admit it, which means we can all go back to putting our full attention behind more deserving preseason divas like Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth.

At least until someone else "scoops" the Revis signing anyway.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 7:57 pm

Cowlishaw backtracking on Revis report

Posted by Will Brinson

Sunday, Tim Cowlishaw, a respected Dallas Morning-News reporter, dropped a tweet-bomb by announcing that a very trusted source told him Darrelle Revis and the Jets would "announce [a] new deal" on Wednesday. He actually said "probably Wednesday" but that's not the important point here, because it is Wednesday and there's no new deal.

Cowlishaw also reported that the Jets and the Revis would meet on Tuesday night; that didn't happen either, provided you believe Woody Johnson, who owns the Jets and stated that things remain "status quo" right now . (Read: no deal.)

Cowlishaw took to Twitter on Wednesday night -- as pointed out by Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk -- to revise his original statement . Kind of.
Have I said lately I was originally told "wednesday or saturday" on Revis but I shortened it for twitter? Now seems like good time. Now, without saying that Cowlishaw -- or any of the other reports discussing Revis' eventually signing a deal -- are wrong, that's a backtrack.

We tweeted at Cowlishaw to inquire as to the joking nature of the Saturday portion of his statement, but have yet to get a response. After all, he stated on Monday that he was told "Wednesday or Saturday," which, yes, is weird.

In hindsight, Cowlishaw should have originally said "Wednesday or Saturday" in his original tweet; just because it's Twitter doesn't mean that clarity should be sacrificed for brevity.

If Revis and the Jets do announce a deal on Saturday, there'll be a small measure of redemption for Cowlishaw, but the basic fact right now is that the information he originally provided on Sunday was incorrect.

Since, you know, it's Wednesday. The good news is that at least we can stop thinking about the Jets for the next two hours until "Hard Knocks" comes on again.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 6:08 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 9:34 pm

Twitter War! (Or: Revis deal coming?)

Posted by Will Brinson

The Darrelle Revis saga has been going on just long enough for HBO and the Jets to milk it for all it's worth on "Hard Knocks" dragging.

Lest the world turn complacent and worry about important things like Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth, Tim Cowlishaw showed up on Twitter Sunday afternoon to drop this bomb:
Revis and Jets announce new deal, probably Wednesday. You heard it here first. "Inside information!" Cowlishaw also added that "This [source] has never been wrong."

As you may or may not realize, Wednesday is "Hard Knocks" day -- which means, although Cowlishaw didn't say so specifically as far as I can tell, there's always the possibility of them announcing the contract mid-show. Which would be both awesome and embarrassing. Awesome in the sense that it would be groundbreaking television and it would absolutely encapsulate the PR-dream/nightmare combo that the Jets have become under Rex Ryan.

It would be embarrassing in the sense that Revis' contract and holdout status would be incredibly undermined -- not to diss HBO here, but if the public and/or the press get even remotely a whiff of the possibility that this was all a stunt to boost

Of course, that's completely null and void if Manish Mehta is correct :
Contrary 2 internet rumor, #Jets & Revis have no plans 2have contract announcement on HBO this wk. Communication lines remain open tho (Aside: I swear I'd read that "internet rumor" was just reserved for disputing the bloggers' claims.)

There are some folks out there that believe Cowlishaw's Twitter account got hacked and -- for whatever reason, I have NO earthly idea -- the hacker decided to report about the Jets and Revis. After all, hackers steal bank account numbers, spam people and probably blog for a living ... not out-scoop New York-area reporters from Dallas.

Fortunately, Bob Glauber of Newsday reports that it's not a hack : Cowlishaw replied to him and called him "Cubby" which, as you can read here, proves that the Top Cat ain't lying.

At any rate, he might be right or he might be wrong, but as the Jets and HBO would prefer, you'll probably have to tune into "Hard Knocks" to find out!

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:00 am

Jets' DBs doing pre-practice rain dance for Revis

Posted by Will Brinson

There's no question that the Jets defense will miss (or does miss, as it were) Darrelle Revis. Even with Rex Ryan's schemes helping to mask certain flaws, no one wants Antonio Cromartie playing the role of No. 1 cornerback on a team that already won the 2010 Super Bowl*.

Which may explain why the members of the secondary are doing a rain dance (for lack of a better phrase) around Revis' jersey on the practice field.

"We just have to keep his memory alive while he's not here," safety Jim Leonhard said of the dance. "The DBs always dance before games. We wanted to let him know that we're still thinking about him and he's still one of us."

Cromartie didn't even think the dance was enough from his end, either, running over to the right side of the field right before the snap as a tribute to the missing DB.

"That's his side," Cromartie said of why he vacated the left side. "I went over to the right side for that one play. That was my tribute."

Clearly, they like him. And miss him -- although it's unlikely that any sort of dance, short of one that can produce $15.2 million a year, will bring Revis back. His relationship with his teammates isn't the issue -- it's the relationship with the team that's the problem.

*only in Rex Ryan's mind

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