A day after Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis staged a protest to his contract situation by sitting out plays of a mandatory minicamp with a phony injury, Revis said that he plans to talk to coach Rex Ryan about the underlying contractual issues that have created the player’s discontent.
“We’re going to talk today,” Revis said in comments distributed by the team. “He and I are going to chop it up today and just try to see eye-to-eye and make sure this thing doesn’t get out of hand. That’s the one thing we don’t want to do here. Like I said, I don’t want this to go negative. I said that yesterday, but like I said, negotiations do get crazy sometimes, and we’re trying to stop it before it gets to that point.”
Revis also would be wise to realize that Ryan has been Darrelle’s best friend, building leverage for him by talking publicly about Revis being the best defensive player in the game — and by privately saying that Revis is the best defensive player Ryan ever has coached. Revis should instead be talking to G.M. Mike Tannenbaum or owner Woody Johnson. Those men can give him what he wants. All Ryan can give him is a pat on the back and/or a smooch on the ass.
Maybe Revis and Ryan also talked about how Santonio Holmes burned Revis in practice today, with Revis pulling a Jimmy Clausen and trying to lay the blame onto a teammate.
“There was a little bit of miscommunication out there between us, and you can’t do it, especially back in the secondary,” Revis said. “You’ve got to be on the same page. We misconmmunicated back there. I got a little bit underneath and Jim [Leonhard] tried to help me at the last second and it didn’t work out. It’s just all about communication and we preach that a lot around here.”
Revis needs to have improved communications with a lot of folks around there. And if he doesn’t either force his way into a new contract or accept the fact that he’ll make $20 million guaranteed in 2011 and 2012 under his contract one, it could be a long year for him and for the team.