After a holdout for a contract in 2010, the Jets and Darrelle Revis reached a short-term fix. Now's the time to find the permanent solution.
Stop me if you heard this one before:
Oh, you're yelling stop already? I thought so.
Two years removed from Revis' 35-day contract holdout, the Pro Bowl corner might be leaving the men in the Gang Green offices frustrated again. While his $46 million contract still has two years left on it, it was what ESPN New York's Rich Cimini refers to as a "Band-Aid" contract.
After both sides couldn't arrive at a long term deal, the two settled on the four-year agreement. Like an adhesive bandage, the contract was used to stop the bleeding, but isn't capable of closing the wound. Revis wants, and needs, a long-term deal.
After the disaster of a season where team unity was nowhere to be found, the Jets sent shockwaves through the league to bring in former Denver Bronco Tim Tebow in a highly criticized move. I personally liked the trade, but that's a whole different story.
The issue on the table is that while everything else has been going on, the Jets are facing their second contract snafu of the offseason. Before Tebow could officially get down on one knee and put his fist to his forehead in Time Square, an issue about whether Denver or New York was responsible for the quarterback's five million dollar advance salary put the trade in jeopardy. The two teams reached an agreement, and No. 15 is now a Jet.
That's great and all, but the team leader on defense is still waiting for his cash.
Once Revis and the Jets reached the short term deal in 2010, GM Mike Tannenbaum had this to say:
Where will Revis end his career?
"This is an intermediate step to what we hope will be an entire career of Darrelle as a Jet, for him to retire as a Jet and for him to hopefully go to the Hall of Fame as a Jet."
That must be a really big set of stairs if it's taking two years to reach the second step. Rex Ryan has said countless times that Revis is the best cornerback in the league and unlike his other claims, this one has some merit.
He only had four interceptions last year because the ball was thrown to the other side of the field a majority of the game. Opposing quarterbacks fear and respect him. His teammates respect him. The front office? Say they respect him, fail to show it.
Revis made a fair chunk of change the past two seasons, pocketing $32.5 mil, but come 2012, he'll be cashing checks for $7.5 million. 2013, and it drops another $1.5 million.
Six million for who you're calling the greatest corner in the league is a joke. And now that gigantic contracts are being signed all around the league by non-quarterbacks like Mario Williams' six-year, $100 million deal, Revis has to feel slighted. Not only is this man necessary for the Jets to win, he's needed to keep intact the little amount of camaraderie that still exists in that locker room after 2011.
So to the Jets, here's my advice: Take a few deep breaths, bite your teeth together, close your eyes and rip that Band-Aid off. It hurts less that way.