Can’t imagine the New York Jets defense without all-pro, Darrelle Revis? Well that could be a possibility for training camp and possibly into the season if the two sides cannot come to some sort of contract agreement.
ESPN NFL reporter, Chris Mortensen, said he would be surprised if Revis were to show up for the start of camp on July 26, in Courtland, NY. This issue should be the number one priority for the organization because without Revis the Jets whole defensive scheme would have to be altered.
Revis has two years and $13.5 million remaining on his original four-year, $46 million contract ($32.5 million guaranteed) that he signed in 2010 after a prolonged holdout. He claims that Jets GM, Mike Tannenbaum, made it seem as if this deal was meant to be restructured after the second year, but the Jets are saying they will re-look at the contract at the end of this upcoming season. Revis is looking for a long term contract and it is believed that the Jets want to work on this with Revis, but just not this season.
Although Revis makes the highest average annual salary of any cornerback in the league, Anotonio Comartie will make more money than him these next two years. Cromartie is due to make $16.5 million and will be the highest paid player at the position, per the next two years, in the league. Revis is due to make $7.5 million this season, including a $1 million roster bonus, a $1 million workout bonus and a $1 million reporting bonus, which he will forfeit if he is to holdout. He’ll make the rest ($4.5 million) in base pay. This does not appear to sit well with Revis, who has clearly outplayed Cromartie since the two became teammates.
The way the situation is unfolding, it would not be surprising if Revis holds out and the Jets refuse to give him a new deal this season. The Jets cannot use the franchise tag on Revis in 2014, due to a clause in the contract, so they will have to get a deal done before that or he will become a free agent.
Rex Ryan must be having trouble sleeping at night knowing he might not have his best defensive player ready for the start of the season. The Jets defense focuses around Revis’s ability to shut down the opponent’s number one receiver and thus allowing Ryan to dial up his numerous blitzes. The team has not had a consistent stand out pass rusher since Ryan became head coach, so relays on his cornerbacks to play man coverage in order for him to send more rushers to compensate for the lack of a high level pass rusher.
Revis will probably go down as the Jets greatest cornerback in their team’s history whether or not he resigns his contract. In his career he already has 283 tackles, 18 interceptions, and two force fumbles; all while teams hardly throw the ball his way.