As the Darrelle Revis holdout continues into its 30th day, there appears to be no progress on contract talks between the two sides. With only 14 days left until the Jets host the Ravens to open their season, time is running out for a deal to get done.
With the Gary Meyers of the NY Daily News takes a look at what would end the Revis holdout.
– He agrees to the 10-year, $122 million deal that Jets have offered since Memorial Day weekend. It initially contained $40 million in injury guarantees, but no fully guaranteed money. Before the Revis camp and the Jets agreed to impose a news blackout more than two weeks ago, Revis’ agents were saying not one penny was fully guaranteed, a fact the Jets have disputed. I believe Revis will sign this long-term offer if about $30 million is fully guaranteed.
– The Jets agree to Revis’ proposal – 10 years, $160 million with about $30 million guaranteed. There is obviously enough total dollars in the 10-year counter proposals that this is about guaranteed money and the structure.
– Revis agrees to the four-year, $40 million Band-Aid that increases his 2010 salary from $1 million to about $5 million and adds a year to his contract. Again, there has to be major guaranteed money since he voided a potential $20 million guaranteed in his old deal when he didn’t show up for camp.
Looking at the first deal, I doubt Revis accepts that. If his report is true and it’s been on the table since Memorial Day, then Revis would have accepted it if he wanted it and based on the second figure he gives, he obviously wants more. Also I don’t think the Jets will cave to Revis’s demands ($160 over 10yr) and it would be foolish to do so. It would set a bad precedent for other Jets who want a new contract saying if you hold out then we will give you whatever you want. Also, that deal would be far beyond market value. Nnamdi Asomugha got that kind of money for a three year deal and he was also an unrestricted free agent. When Revis becomes an unrestricted free agent, then he can ask for that money and expect to receive it.
The third option seems like a long shot that I don’t think either side, especially Revis, really wants to do. As mentioned above, Revis forfeited the $20 million guaranteed by holding out, so it appears like he’s looking for a long term deal. As a fan, I wouldn’t love that deal either because then he would receive another mega contract while still in his prime (29).