If you thought the Brett Favre watch was bad, nothing came close to the month-long holdout that football fans endured this preseason.
When it comes to torture, Darrelle Revis proved that he could mix and match with the best of them. After he successfully decided to hold out from returning to organized team activities over the summer, he then went on to spark a nationwide feud, as he was no longer satisfied with being one of the lesser paid cornerbacks in the league.
But finally, this seemingly sad story has come to a close, and what better way to kick off the opening week of football than with a return by America's number one loved cornerback?
Yes, tomorrow will be the day that everything in the football world goes back to normal, at least for the time being. Darrelle Revis will put pen to paper and sign a four-year deal that will more or less lock him into a satisfying contract, and hopefully calm Rex Ryan down as the outspoken coach will have his full strength defense back and booming this season.
However, as great news as this really is, it has overshadowed a few important aspects of the entire holdout situation.
While all of the excitement has been been flowing rapidly through the veins of football fans, one man has felt the wrong end of Darrelle Revis' return, and his name is Tony Richardson.
For those that are unfamiliar with Richardson's contributions to the team, let me put it simply: He was a Jets' veteran that the team could always rely on to show some experience. Richardson is entering his 16th year in the NFL, and was perhaps one of Rex Ryan's favored players to bring forward a veteran mentality to the Jets' offense.
The troubling thought to come from this situation is that Rex Ryan himself stated how important experience is to this side, but it now seems that a little knowledge of the game is less valued when a greedy player wants a more expensive contract.
Make of this move what you will, and I'm aware that some will resort to Richardson's stats and say that he rushed for only 48 yards and zero touchdowns last season. But Rex Ryan has simply gone back on his word after he expressed how strongly he felt about leadership.
The final concern here for the Jets and the fans is that Darrelle Revis won. He got his money, and although Rex Ryan was confident that his defense could cope without him, New York has caved, despite the fact that it seemed they wouldn't.
For some, calling Darrelle Revis greedy is an insult. For others, it's the truth. With Vincent Jackson still giving the Chargers problems, it's now plainly obvious that we follow a money-driven league, and no matter which way you express it, Darrelle Revis is the perfect example.
So how much is Darrelle Revis set to earn?
According to sources, Revis will sign a four-year deal for $30 million.
Darrelle Revis is set to fly back to New York tomorrow to sign away. Perhaps we can all count our blessings that this issue hasn't stemmed into the regular season. The two parties have drawn the white flag and agreed to a deal, which be taken as a positive during this whole saga.
Those of you who are inclined to follow this story over the coming days, keep in mind that Darrelle Revis has racked up $578,305 in fines over the past month for failing to cooperate with the Jets and show up to team training camps.
New York is set to play the Baltimore Ravens next week in the season opener, and there's a strong chance that Darrelle Revis will be playing. Barring any further disruption, Revis should fly to New York and settle this dispute calmly.
Whether or not Revis is in tip-top shape is another question, as missing this much training could effect his performance. It could also be said that Revis has created this whole stir to do just that and miss training camp this off-season.
Will a four-year deal be enough in the long run?
We'll find out eventually. But for now, thankfully this dilemma is over, and the Jets have got their man back, at quite a cost.
Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.