Darrelle Revis is not a bad guy.
Revis held out two years ago and eventually signed the largest contract for a cornerback in NFL history, a four-year deal worth $46 million.
However, there is language in that contract, which is entering the third year this coming season, that essentially prevents Revis from holding out again this offseason.
When Revis signed the new contract in September of 2010, the deal was technically a seven-year deal, worth $55 million, rather than the oft reported four-year, $46 million deal.
The reason for this discrepancy is that the final three years of the contract can easily be voided, and most likely will be voided. Provided Revis doesn’t hold out.
Yes, the contract comes with a stipulation that if Darrelle Revis holds out even one day of mandatory offseason activities and/or training camp, those years become guaranteed, at just $9 million total over those three years.
If Revis honors the contract he signed two years ago, the final three years of the contract would be voided, and he would become a free agent again after the 2013 season.
Additionally, if the contract does void, the Jets would not be able to use the franchise tag on him either, as per the structure of the deal.
But the four-year, $46 million deal can easily become a seven-year, $55 million deal if Revis decides to hold out. That would mean he’d be a free agent after his age 31 season, rather than his age 28 season.
At the end of the day, I think Revis is smart enough to know that he can’t risk another hold out. He’s already highly paid, but I do expect the Jets and Darrelle Revis to work out a new extension. Just not before the 2012 season.
I expect Revis to be a model citizen in camp this year, and the Jets will likely reward his faith next season with contract negotiations on a deal that will keep him a Jet for life.