Though Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and coach Rex Ryan got together Wednesday in an effort to get on the same page regarding the player’s recent in-practice protest as to his contractual situation, the fundamental problem remains.
Ryan has declared that Revis is the best defensive player in the game, and Revis wants to be paid accordingly.
Bob Glauber of Newsday reports that the Jets are willing to add six years to Revis’ existing deal, which pays out more than $21 million over the next three seasons. The end result could average $12 million per year and the total value would “approach $100 million or more.”
In turn, Revis reportedly wants a randomly specific average of $16.2 million, considerably more than the $15.1 million annual average paid to Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Though we don’t like the manner in which Revis has been handling the situation of late, the Jets remain solely responsible for creating this monster. By heaping public and private superlatives on Revis, who has only three NFL seasons under his belt, and then approaching him regarding the possibility of tearing up the last three years of the deal, what did they expect him to request? Less than what the highest-paid defensive player in the game gets?
Finally, here’s something to tuck away for future reference. If the Jets struggle this year, look for Ryan to commence the process of trying to get G.M. Mike Tannenbaum run out of town, by blaming Tannenbaum’s handling of the “Core Four” for screwing up the chemistry in the locker room.
Two years ago, someone had to take the fall when the Jets imploded down the stretch. That time, it was coach Eric Mangini. This time around, if someone has to take the fall it won’t be the head coach.