Darrelle Revis has been away from his team for five straight weeks and his grandmother, Aileen Gilbert, feels this is incredibly unfair.
In the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, Revis was under contract to make one million dollars. Wanting to become the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, he asked for a re-nogotiated contract. The two sides could not make an agreement and have been in a holdout ever since.
With both Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets being silent about the situation of late due to a gag order, a close relative decided to sit down and speak out about the holdout with ESPN.com's Jets beat writer Rich Cimini.
In the interview, a supportive Grandma Gilbert said, "I know he wants to play, but Darrelle understands contract negotiations. Some players don't get it, but Darrelle can read a contract. I think he's comfortable with his decision because he knows what he was told by the Jets and he knows what he's worth."
Talk around the NFL grew quickly in early August, when Jets owner Woody Johnson told the media that he doubted an agreement would come into place before the season opener because the two sides were extremely far apart.
Gilbert also told ESPN that her grandson's contract dispute is "almost like a slap in face," as if "he's not appreciated." "Darrelle does what he does because he loves it. People are trying to portray him as greedy, but he has outperformed his contract [and] for them to put him in this position is just unreal."
It can definitely be argued that Darrelle Revis outperformed his contract by recording 54 tackles, 6 interceptions, and a touchdown. He has also completely shut down some of the best receivers in the game, including Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Reggie Wayne, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, and Steve Smith (Panthers).
With no budges between Revis and the New York Jets organization, it looks like there will be no Revis Island for the Monday Night season opener at home, against the Baltimore Ravens. Grandmother Gilbert, along with Jets fans across the world, will be hoping some kind of miracle occurs so Darrelle Revis can suit up in white and green as early as possible, doing what he does best.