Dan Graziano of Fanhouse reports that the Jets and Revis are progressing in contract talks and that both sides believe a deal will get done before the regular season starts.
A week after a source told FanHouse the sides were “almost there,” the same source relayed to FanHouse on Tuesday that the talks are complicated but still progressing, and that both sides believe they will have a deal done before the Jets open the season on Monday, Sept. 13 against the Ravens.
Revis has been spending his time in Pittsburgh, working out and training on his own so that once the deal is done, he’ll be ready to jump right in — despite missing all of training camp and, so far, the entire preseason. In the meantime, while observing a mutually agreed-upon media blackout, the team and the agents have been working on the details of a complex deal intended to satisfy Revis’ desire to be the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
It’s unclear what the deal will eventually look like, but sources tell FanHouse that they believe it will have to set some sort of record in order to reflect Revis’ belief, and the team’s corresponding assertions, that he is the league’s best cornerback.
That could mean a deal that pays Revis more per year than the $15.1 million Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha makes, though the Jets have balked at that in the past on the belief that Asomugha’s deal is not reflective of where the top of the market should be. So potential compromises could include a deal that’s the longest ever given to a corner, or the most in terms of total value, etc. The details are complicated because there’s much to be ironed out in terms of guaranteed money and how the deal is to be structured around a potential 2011 lockout, but conversations are ongoing, and it does appear likely that the situation will get settled in time for the regular season.
“There are a lot of different possibilities still in play,” the source said of the likely final structure of the deal.
While this news sounds promising, this isn’t the first report we’ve heard saying a deal was close so I’m not crossing my fingers. While I believe a deal will get done and that talk will heat up as the season nears closer, I’m now starting to believe that this holdout will last into the regular season. The Jets have a rough opening schedule (Ravens, Pats, Dolphins) and if the Jets start off 0-3 or even 1-2, Revis will gain a lot of leverage and I think he knows that now and as unfortunate as that sounds, it sounds like a the possibility grows larger every day.