Remember a few weeks ago when we were talking about Nnamdi Asomugha being the highest paid cornerback in the NFL?
Darrelle Revis was looking to be the highest paid cornerback in the league, and for good reason. He is one of the most shutdown defensive backs in the NFL, and has proved it this year with eight interceptions (six regular season, two postseason), 54 tackles, and 31 passes defended.
As of last week, he just might have gotten a reason to get the money he deserves.
Joe Haden, the star cornerback of the Florida Gators, was picked fifth in the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He had a great career at the University of Florida with 197 tackles, eight interceptions, three sacks, and three passes defended.
As of last week, Haden became the highest paid cornerback with a $50 million contract with $26 million guaranteed. He hasn't played a down of NFL football yet, and he became the league's highest paid cornerback.
This gives Revis some firepower to argue with now. If an unproven rookie can come in and ask for that type of money, what's stopping the league's most shutdown cornerback from asking for more?
If anything, Joe Haden and his agent did Darrelle Revis a favor by getting all that money. Obviously, there needs to be a rookie salary cap in place to stop things like this from happening. For the most part now, at least Revis has a case to fight with.
He'll just walk up to the Jets owner and say, "Hey, if this scrub can get $50 million right off the bat, why not your shutdown cornerback?"
If Darrelle Revis plays his cards right, he could very well be the NFL's highest paid defensive back. Just something interesting to think about.
So, what do you think?