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Could Revis Island Float Away?

Darrelle Revis has been listening to Rex Ryan raving about his superior abilities at the cornerback position for quite some time now. Ryan has gone so far as to say Revis is the best defensive player in the league. In this day and age, it’s only natural for Revis to want to get paid like a premier talent since the Jets obviously think so highly of him. He is, without a doubt, in the class of Nnamdi Asomugha, Troy Polamalu, Patrick Willis, DeMarcus Ware, and Jared Allen in terms of dominant defenders. His current contract is worth about $5 million per year (about half of the franchise tag amount for his position) while Asomugha’s deal is worth more than triple that.

The Jets seemed willing to renegotiate the deal, and Revis understood that the deal would not happen overnight and maybe not before the end of the season. However, the Jets made an offer right off the bat that was so insulting to Revis that he decided that his relationship with the organization was now fractured. It was reportedly worth around $9 million per year. Sources close to Revis are under the impression the corner was searching for between $16 and $20 million per year.

That “lowball” offer did not come from a difference of opinion regarding Revis’ talent level. The Jets cannot sell tickets in the new stadium they poured so much money into. They have over 9,000 unsold PSLs (Personal Seating Licenses) and have dramatically reduced the price on 18,000 seats so they can save themselves from the embarrassment of opening their new stadium in front of a half-full crowd.

If Revis were to bolt for another team, he would certainly not be the first. Laveraneus Coles and Chris Baker have left Gang Green because of insulting offers and broken promises. This is also an uncapped year, and while Woody Johnson is rich enough to own an NFL team, he does not have Dan Snyder or Jerry Jones cash on hand. In fact, the releases/trades of Alan Faneca, Thomas Jones, and Leon Washington were probably an effort to save money to resign Revis.

Oh, and Revis isn’t in his situation alone. D’Brickashaw Ferguson (pro bowl LT), Nick Mangold (pro bowl OC), and David Harris (young, starting ILB) are also in line for new deals. To keep them all around, it may take an annual average of $16 million for Revis, $12 million for Ferguson, $6 million for Mangold, and $7 million for Harris, which equates to approximately $200 million over five years. So while the Jets look good on paper, they could be in serious trouble down the road. Jets’ fans had better hope for Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson to blossom in Ryan’s scheme I guess.


June 12, 2010 - Posted by | NFL News, Opinion

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