I’m getting ready to visit with Craig Carton of WFAN in New York at 7:45 a.m. ET to talk about the situation involving the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis. Coincidentally, we’ve picked up some new information about the situation.
Last month, when Revis faked an injury and/or a headache at a mandatory minicamp as a Brandon Marshall-style protest to the Jets’ failure to give him a long-term deal, the man routinely described by his head coach as the best defensive player in the game damaged his relationship with the head coach who routinely describes Revis as the best defensive player in the game.
Rex Ryan, we’re told, was unhappy with the antics from Revis, which provided an unwelcome distraction for a team with Super Bowl-or-bust expectations. Thus, Ryan’s attitude has changed regarding the importance of getting Revis a new contract — which could make the Jets generally less willing to cave if Revis decides not to show up for camp.
And as the question of whether Revis will be present when the Jets open camp remains undecided, it’s possible that the news of a six-year, $61.5 million contract with $43.128 million guaranteed (for injury at first, skill later) for Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil could prompt Revis to choose a holdout. Despite all the excuses the Jets have provided for not doing a big-money, long-term contract with Revis, the Broncos got it done with Elvis Dumervil.
So if a team wants to get it done, the team can get it done. And with no one disputing the claim from Revis that the team approached him about getting a new deal done, the ongoing failure to do so will serve only to make it more likely that he doesn’t show up when camp opens, despite reports that he definitely will be present and accounted for.