The Darrelle Revis holdout, also known as the "Long National Nightmare", has now reached it's 22nd day.
But, if Tim Cowlishaw, a respected reporter from The Dallas Morning News and ESPN is correct, it won't be going on for much longer.
Cowlishaw tweeted yesterday, that Revis and the Jets would get a deal done at some point late this week, probably on Wednesday or Saturday, which would bring an end to the almost month-long madness and would put many Jets fans at ease as they head into maybe the most important season in franchise history.
But there is a lot of skepticism to Cowlishaw's report. Many national writers, along with Jets beat writers have shot down the report, and are dismissing the possibility of a deal being done this week as unlikely.
To be completely honest, I'm one of the few that's drinking the "Cowlishaw Kool-Aid."
Although it seems that the last time the Jets and Revis were public about the negotiations, the two sides were "very far apart" in their negotiations. It's been a couple of weeks since then. Neither side has said anything, since they decided to keep the negotiations private. Something could have developed in the last few weeks, and the general public may not know about it because of the gag order on both sides.
The way I see it is that Revis will be in uniform and on the field for the Jets for their September 13th Monday Night opener against the Ravens. Missing games because of a holdout has rarely worked for a player, and I just don't see it happening for Revis.
As for the possibility of a deal being made this week, I think it's a pretty good possibility. You have to believe that before Revis lines up across from Anquan Boldin on September 13th, he'd want to get some sort of time in a preseason game. The Jets final two preseason games are this Friday at home against the Redskins, before they travel to Philadelphia for the preseason finale next Thursday, September 2.
If Revis were to sign this week, you'd have to think it's possible that he sees some playing time against the Redskins, since that's the third preseason game, where the starters play the majority of the game. Although it is possible, I find it hard to believe that Revis would want to just sign a deal the week before the regular season opener and line up and play without any real preparation.
And really, Revis agreeing to a deal with the Jets comes down to, well, Revis. He's the one with the higher demands, and it's basically going to come down to him taking what he can get from the Jets, and getting on the field.
So on the Revis side, it makes sense that he would agree to a deal this week. Sometime this season, he'll be in a Jets uniform; it's all a matter of when. But the best-case scenario is this week.
As for the Cowlishaw side, for those who are dismissing this report, think about this. Sure, almost every Jets beat reporter there is has shot down Cowlishaw's report. But the guy is sticking to his story and his source, and you have to wonder: What motive would he have to just publish something he's not 100 percent sure is accurate? The guy is a writer in Dallas, and he's been in the business for a long, long time and is supposedly very well-respected throughout the field.
Because of that, I've got a feeling that this "nightmare" for Jets fans is close to being over.