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The New York Jets reported to Cortland, NY today to officially open up training camp with their sights set on making the upcoming season a super one. While high expectations and goals are always good, they are hard to accomplish when you're missing important pieces to the overall puzzle.
Darrelle Revis didn't show for the team's conditioning test Sunday morning at the Jets' training facility in Florham Park, NJ, and officially became a holdout when he missed the team's first meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Cortland. There is a big problem looming here for the Jets if they can not get this resolved, and quickly.
Revis, coming off a spectacular season, is seeking to be the league's highest-paid cornerback. He is currently entering the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal and is set to earn $1 million this season.
"The two things that we've all agreed upon is that Darrelle has outplayed his contract and it needed to be addressed, and he has three years to go on his contract," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said.
By holding out, Revis will be fined $16,523 for each day he misses, but stated he will not return without a new deal.
What I don't seem to understand here is why the Jets created this mess by approaching Revis at the end of last season wanting to re-work his contract, and now are unwilling to pay. They made remarks about how he is the best cornerback in the NFL. Rex Ryan publicly stated that he is the most important piece on the team. If you're going to make comments like this then you need to open up the checkbook and pay.
Revis is clearly the best defensive player in the game and needs to be paid like it. He allows the Jets to do so many things defensively. His ability to shut down the opposing team's best WR every week allows the Jets to successfully blitz their secondary more then any team in the NFL.
With him, they are the best defensive team in football. He makes them great and it's time to stop the nonsense and pay the man. They do not need these distractions right now. This is an extremely talented team on the verge of greatness. Today's news was disheartening to us Jet fans.
Not good news for a team with its sights set on a Super Bowl.