Darrelle Revis Reportedly Won't Hold Out of New York Jets Training Camp
When Darrelle Revis signed a four-year, $46 million contract with the New York Jets in 2010 after holding out the entire preseason, the deal was viewed as a band-aid from the franchise to get its star cornerback back before Week 1.
Should Darrelle Revis hold out?
The front-loaded deal signed in 2010 was used as a temporary fix to Revis’ issues, but the lack of elite pay in the final two seasons of the deal has caused tension between the defender and the Jets organization.
The AP reports (via ESPN) on Revis’ plan to attend New York’s training camp:
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the New York Jets' All-Pro cornerback expects to report with the rest of his teammates next Thursday in Cortland, N.Y., rather than hold out in a contract dispute for the second time in three summers.
Despite the fact that we as fans would have no problem working for $13.5 million over the next two seasons, we are not the greatest cornerback in the NFL today and one of the best defenders to ever step onto the field.
Revis is all that and more.
As arguably the best pure cornerback since Deion Sanders, Revis deserves to be paid as such, and that’s where this current contract dispute got started.
There was no question that the Jets and Revis had initially planned to rework the deal before the cornerback became a free agent, but the lack of an extension of any sort so far has many fans convinced that the star will take his talents elsewhere when this current deal is over.
With 18 interceptions, 95 passes defended (franchise record) and 283 combined tackles in five NFL seasons, Revis is going to get paid as the best cornerback in the league. If it’s not this year or next, the star’s payday is likely going to come from somewhere other than New York.
The Jets would be foolish to allow Revis to walk, so they must get a long-term deal done now. With their top defender locked in, the Jets can concentrate on their other issues.
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