The New York Jets' star cornerback Darrelle Revis was all ears as he listened to Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl and you can bet Asomugha's speech went a little something like this:
"I'm getting paid $45.3 million dollars over three years and you're not."
Unfortunately for the Jets and their fans, Asomugha's words resonated in Revis' psyche throughout the off-season as the Jets cornerback threatened to become a hold-out when training camp was set to begin.
As recently as a few weeks ago, Revis went on record as stating he would be at Jets training camp as he did not want a potential holdout to affect his future free-agent status.
Apparently the Jets All-Pro cornerback had a change of heart.
As first reported by the New York Daily News on Sunday morning, Revis will not be in attendance at Jets camp as he sits out on the sidelines, waiting for a new deal.
Revis' agent Neil Schwartz released a statement that read, "We waited until the last possible minute to get something done.... Darrelle won't be there."
When asked by a reporter how long the holdout would last, Schwartz responded with a short-yet deliberate phrase- "Ask the Jets."
As of 5:30pm, Revis was indeed a no-show, officially missing the mandatory camp-reporting deadline.
Looks like things are about to get interesting on Revis Island.
In other camp developments....
After initially failing his conditioning test, Jets' fourth-round draft pick Joe McKnight managed to finally get it right on Sunday and has been cleared to practice.
On Saturday, the Jets agreed to terms with their first-round draft pick Kyle Wilson on a 5-year, $13 million dollar contract.
The Jets signed free-agent wide receiver Laveranues Coles to a one-year contract on Friday, marking the third go-round for him on his personal Jets carousel ride. According to Coles, he doesn't think he'll be around that long.
"It’s an insurance policy for them," Coles said. "Those first four games are very important for the team to get where they want to go. It’s an opportunity for me to come in and see what I can still do, but there’s a slim chance I’ll be there after four games. There’s a good chance I’ll get released; it depends on how things go. They were honest and open about it. It is what it is
As one of the Jets' fan favorites, hopefully Coles will be pleasantly surprised.
Back-up Quarterback Mark Brunell was thrilled to be part of the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victory and is now hoping to flash the same victory smile as a Super Bowl XVL Champion with the New York Jets.
The Jets have granted permission for Santonio Holmes to report to training camp by Wednesday so he can deal with a personal matter.
Nose tackle Kris Jenkins has been placed on the active-physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury. The Jets are hopeful that he will be ready to practice within a short time frame.
Quarterback Kellen Clemens has been placed on the active-physically unable to perform list with a calf injury.
Unfortunately for Clemens, this is a certain blow to the already beleaguered QB's chances of making the team due to the recent signing of Mark Brunell.
Last Thursday, Quarterback Erik Ainge was placed on the non-football illness list which will give QB Kevin O'Connell extra reps when practices begin.
With practices beginning, Hard Knocks will have plenty of video footage to sift through as it gets set for the August 11th premiere on HBO. Here's to a good season!
With today's 14-1 loss to the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks, Rex Ryan and New York Mets' fans everywhere can pretty much tip their caps to the 2010 baseball season and look forward to Jets training camp practices which officially begin on Monday.