Jets All-Pro CB Revis Begins What Could Be a Long Holdout

Who many think is the Jets best player is staying away, as Darrelle Revis is following through with a holdout that could get worse before it gets better.

“Darrelle and his family were extremely deliberate with the decision-making process,” agent Neil Schwartz told the Associated Press on Sunday. “Obviously his actions speak far louder than words.”

Revis made a statement by not showing up for the team’s conditioning test Sunday morning at the Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, N.J. He officially became a holdout when he missed the team’s first meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Cortland.

“The lines of communication are open and we remain committed to finding a solution that makes sense for him and makes sense for us,” general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. “The two things that we’ve all agreed upon is that Darrelle has outplayed his contract and it needed to be addressed, and he has three years to go on his contract.”

Revis’ 2010 salary is at $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal. He wants to be the league’s highest-paid cornerback, a distinction that belongs to Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed a three-year, $45.3 million extension last offseason.

Tannenbaum, saying he’s “an eternal optimist,” added that the main disagreement between the sides is in total compensation.

“That is the threshold issue we have,” he said.

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