From the time that the Jets drafted him with the 14th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Darrelle Revis has been an indispensable member of Gang Green's defense.
His 2009 campaign was arguably one of the best single seasons any NFL cornerback has ever had, solidifying his place as one of the NFL's elite shutdown corners and validating the moniker "Revis Island."
In a story all too familiar to Jet fans, Revis has threatened to hold out of training camp if the Jets do not approach him with a revised contract offer. The corner has said he is looking for an extension and a long-term commitment from the team, but the heart of the issue may be the annual compensation.
Revis' last holdout ended after the two sides agreed to a four-year $46 million contract. This front-loaded contract paid the corner $32.5 million over the first two years, but only pays a total of $13.5 million over the final two years.
The All-Pro has referred to this previous contract as a "band-aid" deal, or a temporary compromise until a team can agree to a long-term deal with a player.
He explained to NJ.com in an interview:
"People think I’m mad or unhappy. I’m not mad or unhappy. It’s a thing where some things were said, and I think that’s what people are really focusing on. It was a Band-Aid type of contract, and they were going to redo it or renew it, and it hasn’t happened yet."
The Jets' front office feels Revis benefited from the early payout of his contract and is looking to renegotiate now that he is playing for the team at a discount.
While a second holdout may have fans worried, if it is up to No. 24, he will stay a Jet. He summarized it in the same interview with NJ.com:
“I want to retire here, I think Mike (Tannenbaum) knows that. I think Rex (Ryan) knows that. (The Jets) drafted me, they gave me a chance, so yeah, I want to be here and never play for another organization again. If they feel that, if Mike feels that I’m that type of person to be here, then they will compensate me. If not, then it’s the business of it."