All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis did not show up at Thursday’s OTA because he is unhappy with the progress in his contract extension negotiations.
The All-Pro cornerback, 24, was at Florham Park for workouts Wednesday after a five-day break for the Memorial Day holiday, but never arrived Thursday.
He is set to make $1 million in the fourth year of the six-year deal he signed as a rookie, but recently told ESPNNewYork.com that he expects to make more than $15.2 million a year, which is what Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha makes. Revis wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the game.
“I think that is fair,” Revis told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk on May 21. “This is nothing behind closed doors [like] I am fighting against the Jets and they are fighting against me. I have talked to Coach [Rex] Ryan and [general manager Mike] Tannenbaum himself and they believe I should be the highest-paid player at my position. They understand that and I understand that. It is something that is going to get done. The Jets are family to me.”
At that time, Revis said the Jets promised him he’d get a new deal before training camp.
“These are not my words,” he said. “These are the Jets’ words. They promised that it was going to get done before training camp. If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it don’t and then there are other situations that have to come upon it.”
Ryan said it was too early to draw conclusions about Revis’ intentions. “That’s part of the business,” Ryan said. “We’ll see what happens. When it’s time to react or get frustrated, I’ll react.”
Tannenbaum declined to discuss the specifics of Revis’ negotiations, but said the Jets were committed to getting a deal done, “within reason.” He declined to put a timeline on its completion, however. “Timelines are always tough to estimate,” Tannenbaum said.
Also, to make matters worse Revis is claiming that the Jets leaked the story that he is demanding $20 million a year to make him look like the bad guy.
This situation looks like it is getting ugly fast.
Although, the Jets can still retain Revis for at least three more years if the choose; they hold all the leverage.
Though that would probably lead to more bad blood and no one wants that.
Hopefully, the two sides can come to a reasonable agreement sooner rather than later, and Revis can get back on the field and continue to shut down opposing receivers for the green and white.