Darrelle Revis Ends Contract Holdout With Jets: Five Reasons It's a Good Idea
Darrelle Revis has ended his contract holdout with the New York Jets, and reached an agreement in principle to sign an extension early Monday morning.
According to reports, Revis signed a four-year, $46 million deal with $32 million guaranteed.
Revis has been undergoing this holdout for 35 days now, and has missed all of training camp.
However, all of that is over now, and here are the top five reasons why that's a good idea.
Jets Management Can Breathe A Sigh Of Relief
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The Jets management was under major scrutiny when they weren't able to get this situation fixed.
Moreover, when they signed center Nick Mangold to a contract extension, many were questioning whether it would affect the situation.
Now with Revis secured in the books, after head coach Rex Ryan flew down to South Florida to discuss matters with him, the two sides have finally bridged their differences and can move on.
The Prolonged Story Is Finally Over
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While not as 'entertaining' as the Brett Favre watch, I'm sure that all of us just couldn't get enough of the constant Darrelle Revis updates.
With him finally signed, the prolonged holdout is over and we can focus on some real football news.
So, it seems like we all win in this situation.
The Defense Will Remain Elite
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In Rex Ryan's defensive system, he relies on shutdown coverage to dial up aggressive blitz packages. Last season, his schemes worked to perfection as they ranked as the No. 1 overall defense.
Darrelle Revis, arguably the best defensive player in the NFL, was integral to their success, and his absence would have spelled disaster to that unit.
Furthermore, newly acquired cornerback Antonio Cromartie should be ecstatic. Since he'll be facing opposing team's No. 2 receivers and will be thrown to much more often, he'll have added opportunities to regain the playmaking ability he demonstrated in 2007 when he registered 10 interceptions.
Overall, I'm sure everyone on the Jets defense is happy about this deal getting done.
The Distraction Is Gone
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In today's league, a team must be nearly flawless in order to have success.
The best way to shoot themselves in the foot is by lingering distractions affecting a team's focus.
As I referenced earlier, with Darrelle Revis back, the Jets can finally solely focus on football and the challenges that lie ahead.
Super Bowl Contender
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Last season, the New York Jets shocked the NFL as they made an unprecedented Cinderella-like run to the AFC Championship Game.
The Jets dominant defense was a primary reason for that, and without Darrelle Revis' ability to eliminate half the field, they wouldn't have performed at such a high level.
When reports broke out that Revis' contract holdout may drag on into the season, many were skeptical as to whether the Jets would still be able to contend for a title.
In fact, I personally didn't even believe they would make it into the playoffs.
Of course, with him in the mix, they once again have a legitimate chance to win it all.
It just goes to show how important he truly is for this franchise.