The NFL rumors surrounding the New York Jets and Darrelle Revis regarding a possible hold out are starting to heat up. With training camp starting in less than a week, the best player on the roster might be a no-show.
Revis has played coy all offseason after hinting that he might hold out for the second time in two years. In 2010, Revis held out before signing a four-year, $46 million deal. Revis has already collected $32.5 million of that and is scheduled to make $7.5 million this season and $6 million next season. There were times this offseason where Revis sounded like he would show up to camp. Others like he would hold out. His last public statement came during his camp recently where he put the ball in GM Mike Tannenbaum’s court saying his reporting is up to Tannenbaum.
Revis is the best player the Jets have. There is no question in that. The mere fact he is thinking about holding out, an action that according to his current contract, would extend his current deal by 3 years, has to worry Jets management. Jets management holds the hammer. It is very difficult financially on players to hold out thanks to the new CBA that could see players who hold out docked up to $30,000 per day. However, Revis deserves a new contract and he should get one, one that pays him like the player he is while keeping him happy and in a Jets uniform.
However, like Revis said, that is up to Mike Tannenbaum. Revis deserves to be a Jet for life and the Jets, quite frankly, need Revis.
And to think, everyone thought all of the drama entering Jets camp would surround quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Now, Revis has taken the spotlight away from them and the whole situation is focused on arguably the best player in Jets history and his contract. I have no doubt the Jets will open negotiations with Revis regarding a long-term deal but they might wait to see what Revis does first. This will certainly be an interesting chess game though I don’t think it will be as crazy as the highly publicized, caught on television cameras, drama that we saw in 2010.