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Jets could be baiting Revis into holding out

With Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis abruptly ditching the team’s ongoing Organized Team Activities, immediate speculation has arisen regarding the possibility that Revis will skip a mandatory minicamp coming up later this month, and ultimately hold out of training camp.

But there’s a theory making the rounds in league circles that the Jets actually want him to hold out from at least one non-voluntary practice or meeting.

As explained in our brand-new offering at, a holdout would potentially jeopardize the guaranteed nature of $20 million in 2011 and 2012 payments to which Revis will be entitled if:  (1) Revis chooses, as he will, to void the last two seasons of his six-year rookie deal after 2010; (2) the Jets opt to buy back the last two years at $5 million guaranteed in 2011 and $15 million guaranteed in 2012.

The lengthy and convoluted Revis rookie contract contains language potentially hinging the $20 million in guarantees on compliance with the duty to attend mandatory team functions.  So if he ditches mandatory minicamp or any portion of training camp, the guarantee could go bye-bye.

Whether the guarantee attaches may not matter.  But if Revis were to suffer a career-altering injury in 2011, the Jets may not be inclined to pay him $15 million in 2012, if they aren’t contractually obligated to do so.

But here’s why the Jets may actually want Revis to hold out.  Apart from the “gotcha” moment that potentially could rattle Revis and his agents during ongoing negotiations, disappearance of the guarantee would mean that the Jets would not be required to immediately fund the full $20 million once the guarantee arises.

For Revis, he has to decide whether to risk losing the guarantees by skipping mandatory minicamp or any portion training camp.  On one hand, it’s easy to conclude that the best defensive player in the game will be getting paid in 2011 and 2012 after the Jets exercise the buy-back.  On the other hand, any decision that reduces the chances of earning $15 million in 2012 from 100 percent to something less than 100 percent shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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32 Responses to “Jets could be baiting Revis into holding out”
  1. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Jun 4, 2010 8:08 AM

    2nd best defensive player in the league. The best is Charles Woodson.

  2. smithopher says: Jun 4, 2010 8:23 AM

    Nobody in the Jets organization wants Revis to hold out. They need to offer him 14-16 mil this season is the bottom line. I know Asomugha is making 15 but he plays for the Raiders… I don’t think you necessarily need to take what they overpay one of their players as a bargaining chip. Of course that’s what the agent is doing though. Revis is one of the best defensive players in the league, probably the best. There’s some other players on his level like Patrick Willis, Ed Reed Troy Polamalu and probably DeMarcus Ware, when those players are all healthy. We might be looking at a shift in the NFL’s elite though, it happens. Elvis Dumervil made a good case to be considered in that conversation last season. Julius Peppers is probably up there too (he’s at least getting paid like it). Either way, when you look at it from the top defensive player overall perspective, if you believe he’s #1 in the NFL, you gotta pay him like it. Revis was the reason that pass defense was #1 last year.

  3. bwisnasky says: Jun 4, 2010 8:24 AM

    This is why Nnamdi and Revis were talking about playing together at the probowl… Revis is going to Oakland

  4. TEXANS 19 cowgirls 10 says: Jun 4, 2010 8:43 AM

    U are a doosh

  5. County K 66ers says: Jun 4, 2010 8:46 AM

    Revis is not the best defensive player in the game.

  6. Krow says: Jun 4, 2010 8:53 AM

    One of the side effects of signing free agents is the jealousy. Everyone sees the big numbers… and then they want theirs. It’s human nature… and no knock on the Jets. Every team experiences this. And of course once you throw in the evil sports agents then the mix gets toxic in a hurry.

  7. wyldsoul says: Jun 4, 2010 8:54 AM

    Why would they play head games with such a talented young player on the off chance his leg falls off this year and he can’t play football anymore? I’m not buying it.

  8. Nips Johnson says: Jun 4, 2010 9:00 AM

    “On one hand, it’s easy to conclude that the best defensive player in the game….”
    I believe that title currently belongs to Charles Woodson.

  9. BengalsDouche2 says: Jun 4, 2010 9:12 AM

    Ed Reed one of the best defensive players in the game? Really? Maybe at one point in time but definitely not now. WTF are you smoking?

  10. Hap says: Jun 4, 2010 9:33 AM

    That’s some awfully tricky languiage for a NFL player contract if it contains those type clauses. He’ll need a NY lawyer to… oops.

  11. thegoldengod says: Jun 4, 2010 9:55 AM

    Comparing the Jets contract issues of now with those in the past—with the average veterans who were clearly past their prime of Kendall and Coles…or the 3rd down back of Leon Washington—is not even close to the same thing.
    —Revis and Mangold are a huge piece to the foundation of the Jets franchise. They know and so does everyone else. The only hold up is the lack of a CBA and working through for a reasonable agreement. Tannenbaum has done an amazing job putting that team together, and he is going to keep his guys—especially the big time guys.

  12. 420fan says: Jun 4, 2010 10:00 AM

    Revis is NOT the best in the game today! I’ll take Nnamdi every day of the week. NO pass rush and he still shuts WR’s down!

  13. dlmcc0909 says: Jun 4, 2010 10:01 AM

    Charles Woodson is not even close to as good as Revis. Watch the games. Revis shuts down an entire side of the field. Woodson makes some INT’s and everyone all of a sudden acts like thats the telling stat. I guarantee you any Offensive Coordinator would tell you that their game plan is designed around not throwing the ball near Revis. No one is going to alter their game plan for Charles Woodson come on.
    As far as the contract stuff goes, the Jets need to stop fooling around and just sign the guy. They put their own foot in their mouth when they continually referred to him as the best player in the league to the media. They spent all this money on over prices, over the hill guys like the Redskins always do. Now they need to take care of their own, because I promise you a washed up LaDanian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor are not an upgrade over having Revis and Mangold on the team

  14. thegoldengod says: Jun 4, 2010 10:31 AM

    Revis had one of the best season a cornerback has EVER had.
    -He was top 5 in balls thrown his way, it was the way Rex designed the defense. The Jets success hinged entirely on funneling all passes towards Revis. When the blitz was not successful, qb’s would pick apart Lowery/Shepherd–like Manning in the playoffs. Revis was the entire reason the Jets were #1 in defense and did what they did (other than Rex of course)—
    With Cromartie and Wilson, you may get to see Revis blitz and roam free more this season—which may get him the highlights/flashy plays that Woodson had last year. This is not taking anything away from Woodson, he is great great corner—but he does not have anything near the shutdown ability that Revis has.

  15. Elleclouds says: Jun 4, 2010 10:32 AM

    Revis is not the best defensive player in the league. He didn’t even rank higher than a few players at his position stat wise. Granted he is a shutdown corner and top 2 at his position, but we all know it takes much more than that to win. Dude has had one stellar season in the league, so relax with the “best” talk. Funny how Rex talking up his players will come full circle when it’s contract time.

  16. wild_eagle says: Jun 4, 2010 10:36 AM

    As an eagles fan I have to say Revis >>>>>>>>>>>woodson… its not even close

  17. Franchise says: Jun 4, 2010 10:56 AM

    #1 is Nnamdi, without debate. He is a on defense that is horse sh!t, yet proves he is the best there is.
    Woodson gets 2nd in a slight edge over Revis.
    As for the subject, if the Jets are truely pushing Revis to hold out, everyone in the front office should be fired, and I hope it pisses Revis off to the point he leaves NY.
    That will teach them.

  18. kmartinson says: Jun 4, 2010 11:18 AM

    You are correct that Revis is not Woodson. Revis only plays corner and does do a nice job. He also sits in a zone and doesn’t make any defensive calls. Woodson plays all positions in the secondary something Revis does not. While Revis is good, he certainly is not the top all-around guy. Jets fans need to understand that Woodson does more that just pick off passes and score td’s. Check your stats on who causes fumbles and sacks. Revis isn’t even in that conversation.
    The whole novelty of the Jets will be washed out this year. Ryan=Head Case….Revis “I’m the best” = Head Case. Let’s face it, there division has been horrible for years with the exception of NE. Remember Manginius? Good Year….bad years to follow.

  19. 23 says: Jun 4, 2010 11:28 AM

    The argument that they’re concerned about paying such a good player $20 mil over 2 years when he’ll likely be just as good as he is today seems weak, at best. They’re offer, even a high end one but lower than the Raider’s Asomugha would still likely pay him $10-14 mil per year and it’s likely not filled with a lot of fluff like so many of the contracts out there. If a player/agent wants a team to rip up your contract with years left on it, it has to be a team friendly number. The Eagles are one of the best teams at doing that. Want to maximize the dollars ? Wait until your contract is up and there’s the possibility of free agency bidding. But don’t do it in a season without a CBA and the 30% rule, with years left on your contract when your team just drafted a DB in the 1st round.
    What I can’t stand is when someone has YEARS left on the contract that they signed and feel they’ve “outplayed it”. Sorry, you gave your word. They took a chance on you based on potential and stood to lose millions of you didn’t work out (like so many players before you). They’re still willing to pay you millions and you committed to it when you put your signature on the dotted line. Take responsibility for your actions, understand your position (you have no real leverage) and go home to count how many millions you’ve earned and will continue to earn. Because you skill set doesn’t translate to anywhere but the NFL, amigo.
    With Revis’ contract and the possibility of the franchise tag, Revis is going to be a J-E-T for a long time. He better get used to that reality. Still, too many guys have (allegedly) been promised more money / new contract from the coaches/GM/owner and ended up being cut or traded. This could be a situation of a player wanting to play for Rex Ryan but not wanting to play for the Jets.

  20. Adam says: Jun 4, 2010 11:31 AM

    *Shrugs* We’ll pay the man.

  21. Elleclouds says: Jun 4, 2010 11:45 AM

    Revis is not the best defensive player in the league. He didn’t even rank higher than a few players at his position stat wise. Granted he is a shutdown corner and top 2 at his position, but we all know it takes much more than that to win. Dude has had one stellar season in the league, so relax with the “best” talk. Funny how Rex talking up his players will come full circle when it’s contract time.

  22. Jax says: Jun 4, 2010 12:16 PM

    Wow….Charles Woodson WAS the best….Now it is Revis.

  23. Mike Florio says: Jun 4, 2010 12:18 PM

    Nnamdi is not better than Woodson

  24. Big Papi says: Jun 4, 2010 12:18 PM

    Revis is clearly one of the best young defensive players in his position.
    However where do you put that premium at what compensation?
    He still has 3 years left @ 21 million. Jets hold all the cards. They can redo his contract at $10+ mil a year or 6 yrs for $67million, that will be fair market value. But to pay him namdi money will be stupid & Idiotic business. No position other than QB derserve that much money!!!!
    That’s why the NFL will lockout it’s players next year!
    You can partially blame the Raiders for that?

  25. afiresnake says: Jun 4, 2010 12:30 PM

    What’s that for a stupid comment?
    If the Jets don’t want to pay the guaranteed money, they could simply avoid the buy back …
    They will have to pay him more than 5 Mio in 2011 anyway.

  26. Nips Johnson says: Jun 4, 2010 12:57 PM

    dlmcc0909, wild_eagle, Jax and others:
    Woodson was the 2009 NFL DPOY, therefore the title of best defensive player goes to him, not Revis.

  27. Stone says: Jun 4, 2010 1:06 PM

    This is why the Jets will always play second fiddle to the Giants in NY. The Jets organization lacks class at any level of their structure. If this is true, then what a bunch of worthless peasants.

  28. joey-pickles says: Jun 4, 2010 1:47 PM

    Well, if nothing else, at least we all know who, “the best defensive player in the game” is.
    Now let’s see if you have the gal to use that same line after these disputes have been settled.
    My money is on you won’t…

  29. Bleeding Green says: Jun 4, 2010 2:18 PM

    Stone says:
    June 4, 2010 1:06 PM
    This is why the Jets will always play second fiddle to the Giants in NY. The Jets organization lacks class at any level of their structure. If this is true, then what a bunch of worthless peasants.
    The Giants are a bunch of quitters with no pride. A team that was embarrassed by a sub par Carolina team in their final game in Giants Stadium. Jonathan Stewart is still running, douche boy.
    Tannenbaum > Reese
    Revis > any Giants player
    Jets > Giants

  30. Bious says: Jun 4, 2010 5:02 PM

    Yes, that makes perfect sense….the Jets are trying to bait their best player far and away
    Brilliant analysis….

  31. HellRelle24 says: Jun 4, 2010 5:39 PM

    lol i cant believe the dumb bastards who says revis plays in ZONE COVERAGE. he is left one on one every damn second of the game with the #1 reciever a foot away from him.

  32. cloudb2000 says: Jun 4, 2010 7:27 PM

    All this could be drama for Hard Knocks. The Jets need something to make it interesting for tv.
    Revis will be signed by opening day.

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