Darrelle Revis Contract: Are Star Cornerback's Days in New York Numbered?

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IJuly 29, 2012

The Darrelle Revis contract saga just won't end. 

Just a few days after reporting to training camp on time, the All-Pro cornerback sat out of practice with an apparent hamstring injury (per ESPN).

The cornerback vehemently denies that the unresolved contract situation was the reason for him holding out, but questions continue to be raised about Revis' true intentions. 

"Come on, it has nothing to do with it. If I didn't want to be here, I would've held out," said Revis when asked if he sat out practice because of his contract.

The reason for the mistrust of Revis is justified. The cornerback has faked injuries before as a scheme to receive a new deal.

During the 2010 offseason, Revis took himself out of a mini-camp practice, claiming that hamstring tightness and lightheadedness were bothering him.  

Revis later acknowledged that the injuries were a ploy for him to get the upper hand in contract negotiations.

Although Revis claims that if he wanted to hold out, he wouldn't have shown up to training camp, the star cornerback had an extremely important reason to be at the Jets' offseason workout. 

If the Pittsburgh product were to hold out for the second time in three seasons, he would be sacrificing a lot financially.

If Revis had skipped training camp, a clause in his contract would've triggered an automatic three-year extension to his current contract for a lowly total of $3 million per year.

Revis knew holding out was not in his best interests, but he seems to have come to a better solution.

Holding out of training camp, without actually holding out.

The Jets continue to avoid contract talks with Revis, and rightly so, as the cornerback still has two years left on his current deal. 

However, Revis also is in the right in this situation. 

The 27-year-old will make a base salary of just $7.5 million over the next two seasons. He does not even rank in the Top 10 in base salary among cornerbacks for the 2012 season. 

That is quite astounding for a guy who is arguably the best defensive player in football.

Neither the Jets nor Revis looks like they are going to budge. Both are standing firm and are unwillingly to reach and agreement with the other side.

The ongoing drama has reportedly caused a "fractured relationship" between Revis' agent and Gang Green (per Yahoo! Sports). 

The former AFC Defensive Player of the Year may decide to play out the remainder of his two-year contract and then leave New York for the bright lights of free agency instead of remaining with the organization that drafted him.

With all that has gone on in recent years, the chances of the two sides reaching a long-term contract are low.

Revis' days in New York seem to be numbered.