Revis Island Is Deserted, But Don't Blame Him!
Or at least, he has deserted his teammates for the start of training camp. Revis is officially a holdout as of 5:30 PM EST Sunday, August 1, 2010.
In the modern NFL, with contracts that are not guaranteed, a player needs to "strike while the proverbial iron is hot" to get paid.
Revis is scheduled to receive just one-million dollars for this upcoming season. He simply can't afford to waste away one of his prime seasons for that kind of money.
A typical NFL player only has four or five really good seasons in him. It is one of the world's most demanding sports. One bad hit, and you go from top flight talent to a pedestrian NFL player.
There are countless examples, but staying local, Leon Washington went from one of the NFL's elite gamebreakers, and arguably the best offensive player on the Jets, to a guy fighting for a job in Seattle.
About ten years ago, Jason Sehorn a fellow star cornerback formerly of the New York Giants, took a hit returning a punt and was never the same player again.
Revis simply can't afford to take that risk. Coming off his best season in the NFL, Revis needs to get paid. And with the spectre or a possible lockout in 2011, Revis needs to make sure he maximizes his money in 2010.
On an NFL holdout, who do you side with?
A lot of fans want to criticize modern players for holding out, calling them "greedy," but the fact is, if Revis played poorly, the Jets would cut him.
Teams routinely ask star players to restructure contracts and cut players who are synonymous with their respective franchises; you need look no further than the way the Chargers treated Ladainian Tomlinson and the way the Eagles treated Brian Westbrook.
But the news isn't all bad for Jets fans. The front office will get this done. They know how important Revis is for this team's success, and are actually in a very strong negotiating position.
Each day Revis remains a holdout, he is fined $16,000. You have to wonder how long he can stand to pay that kind of money.
Moreover, they acquired Antonio Cromartie in the off-season. Of course, the defense won't be as strong without Revis, but Cromartie is no slouch and it is a defense based on up-front pressure.
Finally, there is 2011. Can Revis really afford to lose two years of pay? Possibly his two most productive years?
It is a high stakes game of chicken to be played between the Jets and Revis, ultimately both parties will come out winners.
Revis will get his contract, and the Jets will be able to front-load the contract paying him big time money for this upcoming uncapped year, all the while knowing that they probably won't have to pay him for the 2011 lockout anyway.
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