Darrelle Revis has arguably become the best corner in the NFL after his amazing performance last season. If he isn't the best overall corner, there's no question he's the best shut-down corner in the league and the best player on the New York Jets defensive squad.
But we are now approaching day three of training camp and Darrelle Revis has yet to show up. His holdout looks as though it could be a rough one after Revis quickly rejected two contract offers that were proposed on Friday.
Revis is in his fourth year of a six-year contract and would only be making $1 million this season.
Revis proved last year that he is the best player on this Jets team. I believe he deserved Defensive Player of the Year last year. Why shouldn't he get his money?
This has been a problem since OTA's and should have been taken care of before going into training camp. How could the Jets have known about the situation for almost the entire summer and not fix an issue involving their star player before the start of training camp? The Jets had to have seen this coming and don't have anyone to blame but themselves.
And why shouldn't Revis holdout? Do I wish he wouldn't? Absolutely. Do I blame him? Absolutely not.
We're watching a league where players who have never played a single minute are signing contracts with $50 million guaranteed money (a la Sam Bradford). Meanwhile, anyone who has shown he can play like Revis, who is still young, and will be great for years to come, can't get the guaranteed money that he wants and might just deserve. (Do I think any athlete deserves the money that they receive? No. We have teachers and policemen who deserve money way more than athletes. But compared to other players in the NFL, the money is deserved.)
The Jets better get the problem resolved. It isn't going to affect this season because Revis will be a Jet and he will be a top corner in the NFL. But what they don't want is for Revis to get to the end of his contract and think, "Remember the time New York wouldn't give me money? I'm going to go to a team that will appreciate me more."
Jets staff are always talking about how Darrelle Revis is the best CB in the league and have publicly stated this. They treat him like a star, it's time they start paying him like one.