Darrelle Revis continues to sit out because he wants to get paid.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has consistently stated Revis is the best player on the team, yet he doesn’t have his dough.
Words are one thing, but deeds are another.
Is there a double-standard in how certain athletes are treated with respect to their contractual situations?
Let’s look at the contractual situations of Revis and Brett Favre.
Revis came into the league in 2007 and catapulted himself as the best cornerback in the NFL.
He has three years remaining on his contract and he’s sitting out because he wants to be paid in accordance to his value.
The New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has already gone on the record to state Revis may not play this year.
Translation: We aren’t going to pay him because we don’t have to.
Then there’s the ole “gunslinger” in Brett Favre.
Favre just decided to enter his 20th NFL season to quarterback the Minnesota Vikings.
Last season, Favre missed training camp because he was pondering whether to play.
What else is new?
This season, he waited to have surgery on his ankle so he didn’t have to attend training camp.
Then the Golden Boy allegedly sent texts to teammates stating he was going to retire, and the sports world went nuts.
The Vikings think Favre is the key to them getting to the Super Bowl, so they willingly got the checkbook and offered Favre another $3 million guaranteed plus another possible $4 million in performance bonuses.
This is on top of the $13 million he was scheduled to make this season.
Three of Favre’s teammates flew to his house in Mississippi and essentially begged him to come back.
Meanwhile, Revis is the best cornerback in football.
He’s one of the best young players in all the NFL, and he’s not getting any ink or respect.
Even though his NFL peers assert Revis deserves to be paid, he still hasn’t gotten his paper yet.
Why aren’t the Jets going to Revis’ house to get him signed?
The New York Jets have seemingly paid everyone on their roster but not their most prized player.
Even Rex Ryan inked a two-year extension and he only has one year of NFL head coaching experience.
How can Favre get an extra $7 million increase for sending a text and Revis can’t get a raise for the $1 million he’s scheduled to make this season?
Let me break it down.
Revis is a cornerback.
It’s a position built on speed, technique, athleticism, and instincts.
African-Americans dominate the cornerback position in the NFL.
The Jets feel they can get any athletic cornerback to use their instincts, pay them less, and roll the dice.
Favre is a white quarterback.
It’s the consummate “thinking” position on the field.
There are the likes of Donovan McNabb, who is playing at high level, but there’s still a stigma about the African-American quarterback.
Even though Doug Williams won a Super Bowl and Warren Moon is in the Hall of Fame, the quarterback position is still reserved for whites.
Favre is the Golden Boy who doesn’t have to go to training camp. He has his own rules.
Favre can threaten to retire, send a text and get $20 million for being who he is.
He may not even be the best player (Adrian Peterson) on his team yet he will make the most money.
Revis is the best player on his team and the most underpaid. Part of the reasoning has to do with the race.
While race isn’t the most salient feature; it is certainly a factor.
Bottom line: White quarterbacks like Favre get preferential treatment across the board.
You have a future Hall of Fame player like Terrell Owens who has to scratch and claw to find a team to earn a $2 million contract, yet Favre can get $20 million for playing possum.
Furthermore, when the Pittsburgh Steelers essentially gave Santonio Holmes away to the New York Jets, there was a method to their madness.
Even though Holmes was a Super Bowl MVP, he was traded without an afterthought because he was deemed a distraction to the team.
If Steelers traded Holmes for conduct detrimental to the team, why wasn’t Ben Roethlisberger traded?
Hasn’t Roethlisberger demonstrated he has issues?
Roethlisberger was retained because he plays a position dominated by whites.
According to stereotype, quarterbacks like Roethlisbeger are a valuable commodity because they are few and far between.
Meanwhile the likes of Holmes are expendable because they can find a plethora of instinctual athletic African-Americans to run, catch, and make plays.
There’s a clear double-standard in how African-American athletes like Revis are treated as opposed to the likes of Favre with respect to contractual matters.
Again, I’m not asserting race is the only factor, I am asserting that it is a factor.
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