Darrelle Revis has only one thing on his mind: Show me the money.
The fourth year cornerback has not appeared in training camp yet, and is holding out for a new contract. Forget about Super Bowl aspirations, Gang Green's most potent weapon only has dreams of a new contract—or so it appears.
Revis is coming off one of the most impressive defensive seasons of all time and wants to be rewarded for occupying “Revis Island” by becoming the highest paid cornerback in the league.
And who can blame him for wanting a pay raise? Revis is only set to make $1 million this season.
Instead of accepting the seven-figure salary, reporting to camp, and preparing to lead the Jets to the Super Bowl, Revis is acting like a spoiled, bratty child.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting more money, but at least show up to camp and negotiate a deal on the side.
NFL players in general seem to think it’s acceptable not to show up to training camp if they’re not happy with their salary. Um, hello, it’s not called a contract for nothing, you know.
It has become acceptable, and expected, that each season high-profile NFL stars refuse to appear in training camp until they get paid.
Well, what a load bologna that is.
The NFL should be suspending players who refuse to show up to camp on time because of contact disputes. If Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended players one game for each day they missed for contract disputes, things would be different.
Things would be much better.
Aren’t teams, owners, fans, and the NFL hierarchy sick of letting overpaid drama queens yank the league around like a toddler treats a Barbie doll?
Someone needs to put an end to training camp holdouts. If a player signs a contract, he is bound to that contract. If you want a new one, play well, stay healthy, and when one contract is expired, sign a new one.
Revis guided the Jets to the AFC Championship Game against the Colts last season, and had it not been for another Peyton Manning comeback, New York would have made it to the Super Bowl.
This New York team is not just contending for a division crown, or a playoff berth, it is contending for a championship.
The Jets will only go as far as Revis allows them to. He’s the most important player on the roster, and is the biggest reason why New York is in contention right now.
So with the national spotlight (and the HBO Hard Knocks cameras rolling) it’s time Revis acted like a leader.
There’s nothing wrong with him, or any other NFL player, thinking "show me the money," just as long as he "shows" up to camp on time.