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Sean Gilbert's connection to Darrelle Revis could make things even more interesting

NFL_revis2.jpgSo with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis pushing for a new contract to the point where he’s faking an illness at practice and then admitting that he’s faking it, league insiders wonder whether Revis has received advice on handling his business from his mother’s brother.

Sean Gilbert. 

As in former NFL defensive tackle Sean Gilbert. 

As in “guy who sat out an entire season in a contract dispute” Sean Gilbert.

As a rookie, USA Today asked Revis to identify his role model.  “My uncle, Sean Gilbert,” Revis said.  “Every step I took, from high school to college to the pros, he taught me what I needed to do.  I’m just blessed to have an uncle go through what I’m going through.”

Nearly three years later, those words have even more relevance.  Gilbert went through exactly what Revis is going through, and Gilbert had a unique way of negotiating.

Gilbert claimed that he received a “revelation from God” as to the magnitude of Gilbert’s demands.  Specifically, Gilbert claimed that God appeared to him in a dream, showed Gilbert a check for $5 million, and told Gilbert that he shouldn’t take a penny less in 1997.

So when will Revis claim that he has received a similar revelation that he shouldn’t receive a penny less than the annual money paid to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha by the Raiders?

Gilbert eventually missed all of the 1997 season, and the Redskins eventually traded him to the Panthers for two first-round draft picks.

Then again, if Gilbert has been sharing advice with his nephew, his nephew apparently isn’t heeding it.  In 2009, Gilbert offered up some words of wisdom for former Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers.

“The best thing he could have done is say nothing,” Gilbert said of Peppers, per Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald.  “You have an agent, you have people you hire to do your talking, so let them do it, let him say what needs to be said. If he goes that route, Julius could rebuild his relationships with the fans, could get the endorsements back. . . .

“I’d just tell him ‘Don’t say nothing.’  Let your agent talk to [G.M.] Marty [Hurney], and let Marty talk to the other teams you might like to play for.  Keep it in those circles.”

Revis, in contrast, has said plenty.  And by all indications he’ll keep talking.

It could be only a matter of time before he plays the “revelation from God” card.

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32 Responses to “Sean Gilbert's connection to Darrelle Revis could make things even more interesting”
  1. Rodrigo says: Jun 14, 2010 9:36 PM

    Please Darrelle, don’t sit out an entire year

  2. digitalbath says: Jun 14, 2010 9:44 PM

    please darrelle,sit out

  3. WCRaider says: Jun 14, 2010 9:46 PM

    If Revis believes he is as good as Nmamdi, he is delusional.

  4. kls05v says: Jun 14, 2010 9:47 PM

    Looks like the apple will not be falling too far from the tree.

  5. mrzazz41387 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:49 PM

    He isn’t sitting out an entire season, he isn’t even sitting out mini camps

  6. PFTiswhatitis says: Jun 14, 2010 10:04 PM

    They cant pay him, they are out of money. Heck they had to drop the price of PSL’s and even pay some back to the (lowlife) fans that already bought PSL’s at the higher price. So it goes. Another 8-8 year coming up for the Jests.

  7. The Bee's Knees says: Jun 14, 2010 10:09 PM

    Revis is just a stubborn bastard. Nmamdi gets the kind of money he makes because if it wasn’t for the lucrative contract he would be playing for a team this is a playoff contender. If Revis gets the big bucks and a year down the road the Jets have to release/trade other star players that want to get paid he is going to feel pretty stupid that his team went from Superbowl bound to missing playoffs in order to give him what he “deserves.”

  8. The Bee's Knees says: Jun 14, 2010 10:09 PM

    Revis is just a stubborn bastard. Nmamdi gets the kind of money he makes because if it wasn’t for the lucrative contract he would be playing for a team this is a playoff contender. If Revis gets the big bucks and a year down the road the Jets have to release/trade other star players that want to get paid he is going to feel pretty stupid that his team went from Superbowl bound to missing playoffs in order to give him what he “deserves.”

  9. Indyeagle says: Jun 14, 2010 10:12 PM

    So did Gilbert ever get the $5 million God told him to get?

  10. HellRelle24 says: Jun 14, 2010 10:36 PM

    revis knows he is as good as nmandi if not better

  11. PittsburghSteelerz says: Jun 14, 2010 10:39 PM

    The Skins where offering Gilbert a 3 year deal with a 3.5mil/yr average.
    He wanted 5mil/yr.
    Carolina gave him 7yr/46.5 mil (and coughed up 2 first rounders) after sitting out a year. Nice.
    Sitting on his ass for a year in Aliquippa (Pittsburgh plug) earned him an extra 3+mil/yr.
    Good find…. Would not be surprised if he does sit out this year. Can’t blame him either.
    Revis wants 16-17mil/yr. Already threw out 20 as the ceiling and 15.1 as the floor. Jets probably offering 12-14mil/yr. He knows he can do better.

  12. HC says: Jun 14, 2010 10:41 PM

    If he who represents himself for a client is a fool, then what do you call a person who takes legal advice from Sean Gilbert?

  13. LM says: Jun 15, 2010 12:11 AM

    No way God told this guy that. NO way. All you have to do is read your bible and see that.

  14. snnyjcbs says: Jun 15, 2010 12:55 AM

    I love it, Al Davis sure can stir the pot. Revis wants Nnamdi money or else, this thing is going to get nothing but ugly. They told the man that they were going to make him the highest paid corner, pay the man.

  15. Raven Maniac says: Jun 15, 2010 5:31 AM

    The difference here? Nmamdi has been elite for more than 1 season. Last season was Revis’ breakthrough. If he had a few years under his belt at this level, say 3? Pay the man. One year is not enough to ensure elite status for any player at any position.

  16. contract says: Jun 15, 2010 6:39 AM

    Just imagine what Sean Gilbert could have gotten if he wasn’t a mediocre defensive lineman.

  17. Mooch says: Jun 15, 2010 6:56 AM

    God did the same thing with Reggiw White – I think He had a bad stretch at the track in the mid 1990s and needed the cash.

  18. MSWRavens says: Jun 15, 2010 6:56 AM

    No – I believe Sean Gilbert. I believe G-d did speak to him to let him know that HIS contract, as in Sean Gilbert’s contract, was really the most important thing on G-d’s agenda…and that there could be no happiness in the world unless Mr. Gilbert got paid, damnit! Seems believable to me…

  19. SomeFans says: Jun 15, 2010 7:24 AM

    revis is a bum. He may have, under different terms been okay but he landed on the wrong team for success.
    the pet franchise know nothing about winning and how to operate a professional franchise.
    You dont end up on the bottom on the NFL without beinf stupid. Delusional empty promises.
    Good times!

  20. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 15, 2010 7:33 AM

    “revis knows he is as good as nmandi if not better”
    Gotta love the stupid jests fans. Revis did it for one year. Nnamdi has done it year after year. How in the world can Revis think he is as good? Not saying he might not be as good, but until he does it more than one year in a row I’ll never fall for it. And don’t tell me that he has done it every year because I watch a lot of football and hardly even heard of the guy until last year. Keep drinking the kool-aid jests fans.
    SAME OL’ JESTS!!!!! It’s in their DNA.

  21. Panther4life says: Jun 15, 2010 9:04 AM

    If Revis Thinks he’s as good as Nnamdi, he’s on crack. QB don’t throw to where Nnamdi is.

  22. ADogDC says: Jun 15, 2010 9:23 AM

    So…..
    Florio is an Atheist?
    Interesting…

  23. HellRelle24 says: Jun 15, 2010 9:32 AM

    Somefans.
    Revis did it since his first game as an NFL player, being a damn good NFL CB. Just last year he had one of the greatest years in the history of the NFL.
    hes only going to get better, which is frightening. Which proves again you dont know ur ass from your elbow, only what revis did LAST YEAR.
    and get a new name…you sound like a f**kin fool saying “jests”. its so stupid its unreal
    also when you say “revis is a bum” it proves to all of us and yourself that you should have no opinion on the game of football.

  24. joey-pickles says: Jun 15, 2010 9:57 AM

    @ JetsAreAJoke
    Lovin’ Th’m Jets!!!!! It’s in your DNA!

  25. Michael LaRocca says: Jun 15, 2010 10:38 AM

    I was living in North Carolina when the Redskins traded Sean Gilbert to my team. Is someone trying to tell me that God hates my Panthers?

  26. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 15, 2010 10:44 AM

    “Just last year he had one of the greatest years in the history of the NFL.”
    OK, HellRelle24 now you’re going beyond goofy. Four DBs had more INTs than Revis. Woodson got DPOY awarded by the NFL. Champ Bailey was the first vote for DBs in the AFC. Revis wasn’t even in the top 10 number of votes. How can you say (well, other than you’re a jests fan) that he had one of the “greatest years in the history of the NFL”?

  27. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 15, 2010 10:46 AM

    joey-pickles says:
    June 15, 2010 9:57 AM
    @ JetsAreAJoke
    Lovin’ Th’m Jets!!!!! It’s in your DNA!
    _____________________________
    You are correct. I also love Seinfeld, South Park, and several other comedy shows.

  28. klecko says: Jun 15, 2010 1:04 PM

    The Jets are doing him a favor by opening up talks with him now. He should keep his mouth shut and play ball or the Jets can wait three years for his contract to end and slap him with a franchise tag.

  29. tkgilb says: Jun 15, 2010 1:36 PM

    Football as we know it is a sport fun to watch but behind the scenes it’s a brutal business, if Revis got hurt or just didn’t perform as well as he did last yr., the Jets would show him the stats n tell him he fell off a little and try to negotiate based upon that. And to answer your question, Indy eage, yes, Sean Gilbert did get his 5mil and if any of you knew God, you would know that He does speak to His people and He does give direction and instruction. Furthermore, sometimes it’s situations just like Sean Gilbert’s that allows God to see whether His people really trust Him or will they allow what “people” say to determine their faith in Him. Obviously, SG didn’t allow what people said to sway him from what God said and God honored his stance. You must know that SG got some of the same sarcastic remarks that you all are making back then and he didn’t budge. I guess you’ll just have to wait and see if that same type blood is in Darrelle Revis.

  30. HellRelle24 says: Jun 15, 2010 2:08 PM

    let me correct myself. im missing a few games from the stats i named buy you get the point. and it comes down to one word.
    DOMINANT

  31. tkgilb says: Jun 15, 2010 2:31 PM

    And to HC……If he who represents himself for a client is a fool, then what do you call a person who takes legal advice from Sean Gilbert?
    This isn’t legal advice Sean Gilbert is giving his nephew, this is advice from a person who has been dogged by the NFL. A person who has seen the cut throat attitude of the NFL. A person who has been blackballed for standing for what he believes against a “society” of unbelievers.
    And to contract…You should do your research because Sean Gilbert had a very successful career as a defensive tackle. Check the stats.
    It’s funny to me how many people can through negative comments at DR now that he is standing for what he believes he is due. I think it’s admirable. How many of us would be willing to go against the majority or the norm for what we believe. Sean Gilbert did it and now his nephew is doing it. Sounds like a solid foundation family to me. One I would be proud to be a part of.

  32. tkgilb says: Jun 15, 2010 2:41 PM

    Oh and Micheal LaRocca – you are prime example of how fans kick you when you’re down. When Sean Gilbert came to the Panthers, he did great, you really need to check the stats. It was only when he started getting older (which all players do) and sustained some major injuries (including a broken hip injury, after which he got up and walked off the field but ultimately ending his career one season later) , that his game began to go downhill. That’s when all the talk began. All I can say is the NFL is looking out for themselves. When these players sign contracts, they are so many stipulations in them it would put your head in a tailspin. Revis’ contract has that he needed to have so many passes defended. Do you even think if he didn’t get that number that the Jets wouldn’t approach him about his “lack of play” and he would lose money. So if he more than fulfills all the clauses and stipulations, isn’t it only fair that he now say, I did ALL you asked of me, now pay me.

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