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Revis could have an ace in the hole against the Jets

When the possibility of Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis skipping a mandatory minicamp first arose a couple of weeks ago, some believed that the Jets were hoping he’d do so, since it would void the guarantees applicable to $20 million he’s scheduled to earn in 2011 and 2012.

As it turns out, the guarantees may be irrelevant.

A league source tells us that persons familiar with the Revis contract believe that the Jets ultimately won’t be able to buy back the final two years of the deal, once Revis opts to void the remainder of the contract after the coming season.

Here’s how it works.  Revis signed in 2007 a six-year deal that, upon the achievement of certain modest triggers (which he has satisfied), can be reduced at his option to four years.  Then, the Jets can buy back years five and six at $5 million guaranteed in 2011 and $15 million guaranteed in 2012.

Here’s the problem.  When the contract initially was approved in 2007, the 30-percent rule that limits the giving of raises in uncapped years to players under contract didn’t apply, because a salary cap was in place.  The thinking is that, when the Jets try to buy back the last two years of the deal, the NFL will block the maneuver as a violation of the 30-percent rule.

And because the contract includes language preventing the Jets from applying the franchise or transition tag to Revis, he’ll be able to walk away.

The only potential limitation on his movement comes from the rules applicable to unrestricted free agency.  If, come 2011, a player needs five or six years of service to qualify, the Jets could be able to apply a restricted free agency tender to Revis.  That said, it’s possible that the contractual language preventing the use of the franchise or transition tenders is sufficiently broad to prevent any effort to limit his movement.

But even if the Jets can still use the highest possible RFA tender, which other team wouldn’t gladly give up a first-round pick and a third-round pick in order to book a six-year vacation on Revis Island?  Though the Jets would have the right to match any offer Revis receives, the reality is that, in 2011, he’ll be in line for a long-term, market-value deal.

It’s unknown whether the Jets or Revis’ camp previously knew about this potential complication.  It’s fairly safe to say that they soon will.

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  1. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 18, 2010 10:42 AM

    “Revis could have an ace in the hole against the Jets”
    ——————————————————
    You mean like Fish Food?

  2. SomeFans says: Jun 18, 2010 10:44 AM

    preventing the Jets from applying the franchise or transition tag to Revis, he’ll be able to walk away…
    Sounds like a good option for him. He’s wasting time and his career with the pathetic “not yets.”

  3. Revis says: Jun 18, 2010 10:47 AM

    JUST PAY ME!

  4. Stillerz says: Jun 18, 2010 10:47 AM

    But then he has the same problem somewhere else- who wants to pay a CB $100 million??
    Its one thing to pay a QB that money because he touches the ball every play. Its hard to have two players with $100 mill contracts on the same team so you are essentially choosing between a franchise QB and a franchise CB. Jets are in a good spot because of Sanchez only being in his second year, so if anyone can pay him its the Jets. The fact that they would let him walk doesn’t look good for Revis.

  5. Citizen Strange says: Jun 18, 2010 10:50 AM

    The Jets can miss the playoffs with or without Revis.
    This is much ado (or adieu as PFT likes to put it) about nothing.

  6. DeuceBigalow says: Jun 18, 2010 10:52 AM

    Its the offseason. People need something to talk about. The truth is, eventually Revis will sign a long term deal with the Jets. Bottom line.

  7. SeriousRadio says: Jun 18, 2010 10:52 AM

    CAn I get back the two minutes of my life I just spent reading your dribble? I chuckle thinking of the laughter around the league from those true professionals who might read your nonsense ‘discovery’. Oh wow…guess no one ever thought of that…

  8. Hap says: Jun 18, 2010 10:53 AM

    Revis wants away from fatace Ryan. He’s just too much like hios BIG MOUTH dad.

  9. endzoneview says: Jun 18, 2010 11:06 AM

    It’s unknown whether the Jets or Revis’ camp previously knew about this potential complication.  It’s fairly safe to say that they soon will.
    Bwahahahahahaha!
    Are you serious? Talk about being full of yourself. I’m sure the Jets and Revis’ agent were waiting for you to tell them about the details of their contract. Holy schnikees you’re delusional.

  10. lololnpnp says: Jun 18, 2010 11:07 AM

    I have to agree with SeriousRadio on this one. The notion that your astute observations are too advanced for NFL GMs and executives to grasp is really making me LOL. Although I’m sure you garnered a lot of respect around league circles with your Redskins pick last year…wait, what?

  11. wrath4771 says: Jun 18, 2010 11:10 AM

    Why wouldn’t the contract be grandfathered in under the CBA? I understand the 30% rule, but I would think the Jets and Revis would be bound by this contract unless there was language that says something along the lines of everything is out the door if there is no salary cap.

  12. TheSleepness says: Jun 18, 2010 11:19 AM

    all this is simply conjecture, the man will be signed. hate to break it to those who covet him.

  13. Venerable Axiom says: Jun 18, 2010 11:20 AM

    These are the type of issues that normally effect teams that have actually been in Super Bowl (not just imagine it). Which is also the reason there are so few back to back Super Bowl appearances.

  14. tacious says: Jun 18, 2010 11:23 AM

    The stupidity of your articles, as well as most of the daily comments on this site truly amaze me!

  15. bspurloc says: Jun 18, 2010 11:27 AM

    moving to another team doesnt guarantee he will still be able to shine.
    he can go to the redskins then they can change him to a center, or he can go to the raiders and tackle rb’s all day long

  16. Marino13 says: Jun 18, 2010 11:39 AM

    “tacious” – do u think we really give a shit what u think a- hole. You are obviously too intelligent and needed to share that with us…so please leave and go home and get your shinebox, jackass……

  17. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 18, 2010 11:42 AM

    # tacious says: June 18, 2010 11:23 AM
    The stupidity of your articles, as well as most of the daily comments on this site truly amaze me!
    ——————————————————
    Than leave the site, you probably don’t contribute anything funny or relevant anyways.

  18. Niner13 says: Jun 18, 2010 11:45 AM

    Few care outside NYC care about Revis and his contract dispute. Please don’t bore me with another story about the soap opera no one is watching.

  19. smo05d says: Jun 18, 2010 11:46 AM

    My new fantasy: Revis and Polamalu in the Steelers backfield.
    Sigh – if only dreams came true…

  20. 1nationraidernation says: Jun 18, 2010 11:52 AM

    can you just pay this kid the money everybody knows he way better than Nnamdi. It’s not even close. He deserves 20 million a year…$how him the money

  21. Rob B says: Jun 18, 2010 11:57 AM

    Revis is OVER RATED!!! he is not a f’n island, hell if Ted Ginn Jr. can toast him all the time,
    wow, every time he gets toasted he complains of
    miscommunication is the secondary with the safety help over the top, if is such an island, why does he need the safety help. give me a break.
    I hope th w.e.t.s. sign him to a 100 mill contract & f up their salery structur for years to come.
    lmmfao, pmsl!!!

  22. Caldon says: Jun 18, 2010 12:03 PM

    The void and buy back sections are already negotiated under the current contract. If these actions occured as described, these would take place under the conditions of the old contract, not subject to the 30% rule. No new contract would be written unless they extended his current.
    Please note buying back years on a current contract does not = extending a contract or making a new one.

  23. QJ1984 says: Jun 18, 2010 12:26 PM

    @Stillerzs
    He’ll find a taker. Nate Clements got 80 million dollars out of the 49ers, that was unheard of money for a DB at that time. If project Aso’s deal to 6 years, its worth over 90 million, a 7 year projection and its well over 100 million.
    He’ll get it from somewhere. The problem I have is that until last year Revis was a good not great player. He’s had one good season and he’s looking for elite money.

  24. JetChris says: Jun 18, 2010 12:31 PM

    @ Rob b….when did Ginn beat him all the time? If you are referring to 1 play, then yes but all the time? Do you watch the games or did you just watch that 1 and assume he ALWAYS beats revis?? some of you “fans” are just stupid

  25. eaglealan64 says: Jun 18, 2010 12:48 PM

    The NFL signed off on the contract (as they do on them all) so don’t see how they can turn round and say no now.

  26. SomeFans says: Jun 18, 2010 12:55 PM

    um… jetchris- Maybe You need to watch a little more tape. Ted Ginn schorched the jests for the past 3 games-
    TD’s scored in all these games. Dont just make stuff up to attempt to support your point- it’s so very “jet like”

  27. TheRealARod says: Jun 18, 2010 1:05 PM

    Uh if Revis opts out of his contract and the Jets try to buy him back I don’t think that would count as the 30% rule. As a general rule once Revis opts out of the contract he is no longer under contract so in a sense the 30% rule would no longer apply here because it would not be giving him a raise but a new contract entirely. That is the beauty of a player option it is literally the players option to terminate the contract

  28. SeriousRadio says: Jun 18, 2010 1:46 PM

    Ted Ginn is gone so what is the point? The poor Phin fans still trashing the Jets? LEt the games play out on the field. Personally I can’t wait for JT to level Henne – especially since Henne stated that Tebow isn’t an NFL calibre QB. Big mouth = big fall.

  29. SBS0311 says: Jun 18, 2010 1:55 PM

    If this is even accurate, which seems far-fetched to begin with, at the very WORST, the Jets would end up in an arbitration dispute with the league. If there’s anything in the ownership agreement, CBA, or governing anti-trust law that would have the effect of grandfathering in a contract that was within the rules at the time, then this is a non-issue.
    It’s silly to think the NFL could enforce this when there must be contracts all over the league with a player making more than 30% in 2010 of what he made in 2009 and schedule to make more than 30% of 2010 compensation in 2011. The NFL is not going to void all those contracts but they’ll block the exercising of an option under THIS contract?
    Seems ludicrous.

  30. PatsFan54 says: Jun 18, 2010 1:56 PM

    Revis will end up back with the Jets. This is all window dressing by his agents. If he does leave or has a team offer a poison pill contract that the Jets will not be able to match then so be it. If he leaves I guarantee that the Browns , Patriots, Dolphins, Chiefs or the Broncos will be shopping for his services.

  31. Zinn says: Jun 18, 2010 2:00 PM

    I have a hard time buying into Florio’s analysis. Often times Florio posts crazy theories to get page hits and flame emotions.
    The bottom line is the NFL approved the original contract with the buy back provision. The fact the contract was already approved would seem to make it unlikely that it would violate the 30% clause as that takes in adjustments to an existing contract or new contracts. The buy back is part of Revis’ old contract and the 30% rule should not apply.
    I commend Florio for finding new and innovative ways to get page hits. But having read the silly stuff people post here I can see why Florio posts this stuff. People will believe anything and the people who post here are simply not bright. I would love to see a football forum for people with 3 digit IQs. This article at best is wild theory and at worst ridiculous spam.

  32. Dogsweat says: Jun 18, 2010 2:04 PM

    Reemus and the Jets will be 5-11 this season.
    Flash in the pan.

  33. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Jun 18, 2010 3:24 PM

    it’s amazing how many people are commenting on the revis contract,when no one has looked at it.

  34. Marino13 says: Jun 18, 2010 3:40 PM

    PatsFan54 – not sure how much football knowledge u have but the phins have davis and smith who were rookies last year, and randy moss saying how good they are going to be??? Maybe your aging team could use him but not the Phins….

  35. HellRelle24 says: Jun 18, 2010 3:55 PM

    lol and the ted ginn talk still goes on
    he had one good post and revis gets burnt once an entire season. jesus christ get over this ted ginn touchdown u fools.

  36. Res Ipsa Lo-Quitter says: Jun 18, 2010 4:33 PM

    Florio, No wonder you flamed out as a lawyer.
    You forgot to follow the first rule of analysis, READ THE RULE. The 30% rule (if it even would apply to pre-existing, non-expired contract) applies to a player’s 2009 salary. For Revis that was $4,600,000, meaning 2011’s $5,000,000 salary is not a violation.
    2012’s would be affected by the rule (again IF the rule applies to pre-existing contracts). In that case, Revis would be voiding $15,000,000, guaranteed, and reducing his top-tender amount to 120% of $5,000,000. Not a likely scenario.

  37. PatsFan54 says: Jun 18, 2010 4:44 PM

    I have a lot of football knowledge and I know the Dolphins have 2 CB’s that are in their 2nd yrs. However Parcells/ Ireland will not turn down a shutdown corner if he is available and turn Smith or Davis into a nickleback. With the way our division is stacked with wideouts you never have enough established CB’s that can play.

  38. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 18, 2010 5:30 PM

    SeriousRadio says:
    June 18, 2010 1:46 PM
    Ted Ginn is gone so what is the point? The poor Phin fans still trashing the Jets? LEt the games play out on the field. Personally I can’t wait for JT to level Henne – especially since Henne stated that Tebow isn’t an NFL calibre QB. Big mouth = big fall.
    __________________________
    So, obviously you think the jests will crumble. There is no other team with the big mouth’s the jests have….including the coach!!!!

  39. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 18, 2010 5:33 PM

    @Zinn says:
    “I commend Florio for finding new and innovative ways to get page hits. But having read the silly stuff people post here I can see why Florio posts this stuff. People will believe anything and the people who post here are simply not bright. I would love to see a football forum for people with 3 digit IQs. This article at best is wild theory and at worst ridiculous spam.”
    _______________________________
    This has got to be a first. A poster calling himself “simply not bright” and “3 digit IQ”.

  40. JetChris says: Jun 21, 2010 9:48 AM

    @SomeFans says:
    June 18, 2010 12:55 PM
    um… jetchris- Maybe You need to watch a little more tape. Ted Ginn schorched the jests for the past 3 games-
    TD’s scored in all these games. Dont just make stuff up to attempt to support your point- it’s so very “jet like”
    __________________________________
    Maybe you are the one that needs to pay attention. The guy I was writing to said that “Ginn toasted him all the time” referring to Ginn and Revis. Not Ginn and his TD’s againts the Jets as a whole.
    So my point was directly to his point unlike your “attempt”.

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