It seems like everyday, there is a new Darrelle Revis rumor. Today the rumor is that Darrelle Revis could have played his last down for the New York Jets. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports is the author of this article in which he doesn’t name a single source for his reasoning., not even an unnamed one (I’m talking to you Tim Cowlishaw). It seems more like speculation, but he doesn’t even give a real reason for it. He just babbles saying that as long as Revis doesn’t receive a new contract, he and the Jets might be looking at a divorce.
Here’s a little piece of information for Ryan and the rest of the New York Jets: If Revis doesn’t get a new contract soon, New York doesn’t have to worry about the star cornerback showing up. Ever.
As the clock ticks to the beginning of the NFL season, the relationship between the Jets and Revis is ticking toward an end. A divorce, really. That might sound like hysteria to some but it’s reality.
If the Jets can’t bridge the gap between what they are offering Revis and what he believes they promised him at the end of last season, he’s not showing up, period.
As in ever again.
Revis believes the Jets have toyed with him by making their initial overtures so public. If this had been done privately, Revis would have shown up for training camp even if a new contract hadn’t been agreed upon.
Revis isn’t wrong to ask for a deal that eclipses Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s $15.17 million average. Beyond the fact that Denver cornerback Champ Bailey isn’t far behind this year with a base salary of $13 million, any 10-year or long-term deal for that type of money means the deal will be eclipsed numerous times in the coming years. It’s the way the NFL works.
To put it in another perspective, Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning will soon reset the bar for what the top players in the league are worth. The Colts will be lucky – yes, lucky – to get Manning’s deal done for less than an average of $25 million a year.
And if the top quarterback in the league is worth $25 million a year, what is the top cornerback or defensive end, left tackle or wide receiver – all guys who drastically impact the quarterback – are going to be worth?
There’s going to come a point where $16 million a year for Revis is a decent price.
But more important than any of that is a simple fact: Either the Jets get this done or they never have Revis again.
That last sentence is pretty depressing to read, although I don’t see it happening. The Jets want Revis and Revis wants to be a Jet for life. Although the two sides are at an impasse now, I can’t fathom a scenario that the Jets actually trade Revis. I can’t believe I even said trade and Revis in the same sentence. I’m going to pretend I never said that.
Who would have imagined after last season that the Jets-Revis love affair would last so short? I’m still betting heavily agasint it, but at this point nothing would surprise me.