Revis is holding out for an upgraded contract, although he still has three years left on his current 6-year, $30-million dollar deal. Part of the problem is head coach Rex Ryan came out publicly and called Revis the best cornerback in the business. After that the wheels began to spin.
Hard to say if Revis already had plans of searching for that upgrade before Ryan made the comments. It’s possible, but nothing was ever said to give any indication that was the case.
Naturally, last year’s NFL most valuable defensive player is going to want to get paid after his coach said he’s the best out there. It’s the nature of the business. In the NFL, you want to get paid as early and often as possible, because you never know when the injury bug will catch up to you. How everything is going down, that’s another story.
The holdout hurts both sides. The Jets are trying to work with Revis over something more long term. The team is being touted by many to be Super Bowl contenders, but does that feeling go away without their All-Pro corner? Revis is also taking a public hit, being viewed as greedy and not honoring his previous contract. The New York Daily News reports the Jets had a 10-year, $120 million offer on the table for months, yet it seems the two sides are still far apart, by about $40 million.
The holdout is costing Revis, as he gets fined every day he misses training camp. You can point the finger at both sides, but save one for Ryan. If he hadn’t talked, this mess may not have happened. And don’t think for a minute the Jets brass didn’t remind him of that.
HBO couldn’t have picked a better year to feature the Jets on “Hard Knocks.” If this is any indication of what to expect in New York, the season will be no picnic in Central Park.
Written by C. James