NFL Rumor Central: Revis' $100 Million Contract and Other Hot Topics
With teams finishing up their mandatory minicamps this week, the NFL rumor mill continues to swirl with all sorts of hot topics to keep fans on the edge of their seats waiting to see what could happen with some of their favorite players.
No, there are no updates for Terrell Owens as he will most likely have to wait until a star wideout goes down during training camp before signing with a new team.
Instead, here are five other rumors regarding some of the top players in the NFL and what could happen over the next couple of weeks.
Is Sage Rosenfels On His Way Out of Minnesota?
It's hard to believe the Minnesota Vikings acquired quarterback Sage Rosenfels prior to the start of the 2009 season to compete for the starting job. Now, he's on the verge of not only missing out on the starting job for the second straight season, but a spot on the roster.
Numerous reports questioned Rosenfels' future with the Vikings after he lost reps to two rookies—sixth-round pick Joe Webb and R.J. Archer. With Tarvaris Jackson working with the first team and the possible return of Brett Favre, Minnesota may end up parting ways with the 32-year-old Rosenfels.
Will Brett Favre Return To The Vikings In 2010?
Oh come on, no article regarding NFL rumors would be complete without a section dedicated to the status of Brett Favre's return.
Favre's offseason ankle surgery appears to have been a success and still has a few more weeks of rehab before he'll be able to decide whether or not he can play in 2010, according to Dr. James Andrews. Then again, this is Favre we're talking about here—so the decision would still have been up in the air for a few more weeks even without the rehab.
Are The Redskins Ready To Trade Albert Haynesworth?
When Albert Haynesworth signed $100 million contract with the Washington Redskin during the 2009 offseason, he was excited to join his new team and become the highest paid defensive end in NFL history. Now, he appears to be unhappy and could be on his way out of D.C.
Haynesworth has been absent from the mandatory minicamp this week and has requested a trade from the Redskins. Ever since Mike Shanahan took over as head coach, he's been unhappy about the thought of switching to the 3-4 defense and has refused to participate in any workouts with his teammates this offseason.
Unfortunately, Haynesworth's massive contracts could complicate what happens for him over the next few weeks. Possible destinations for him include the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, or the Oakland Raiders.
Are The Jets Ready To Pay Darrelle Revis $100 Million?
Darrelle Revis' contract situation has arguably been the hottest topic during the offseason. The Pro Bowl cornerback proved last season he's the best at what he does and believes he deserves to be the highest player paid at his position.
Through most of the offseason, it seemed like Revis and the Jets would never reach an agreement before the start of training camp. However, a recent report from Bob Glauber of Newsday makes it seem as if the two sides could be closing in on a deal sooner than expected.
Apparently, New York may be ready to offer Revis a deal that would add another six years to his existing contract. He's still owed $21 million on his current contract and if this new deal works out, Revis' new contract could surpass $100 million and average $12 million per season.
Chris Johnson and Titans Seem Far From New Deal, Holdout Seems Likely
Last season, Chris Johnson became only the sixth running back in NFL history to reach the 2,000 yard mark. While his 2,006 rushing yards placed him at the top of the league among running backs, his 2010 base salary puts him near the bottom—which is the reason why he's prepared to holdout.
Clearly, Johnson is frustrated with the way the Titans are handling the situation, and he has every right to be. The fact that his base salary for 2010 ($550,000) is less than backup running back Alvin Pearman—who will make $630,000 in base salary next season—seems flat-out ridiculous.
The Titans seem hesitant towards finding a way to pay Johnson the money he deserves because they want to make sure his breakout season wasn't just a one-hit wonder.
Johnson has expressed his frustrations with the organization numerous times over his Twitter account and from what his agent claims, the two sides are nowhere close to re-negotiating a new deal—which could mean a holdout is in place for Johnson.