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Darrelle Revis won’t rule out a holdout

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When Darrelle Revis signed his new contract in 2010, he hinted that he would want to revisit the contract before the 2012 season.

The Jets claimed to be “floored” when Revis predicted the two sides would be back in the same position again. We wonder if they are feeling the same way now that those hints are coming to fruition.

Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum didn’t want to talk about Revis’ contract last week, but Revis was a bit more forthcoming about his desire for a new deal at a charity event in New York on Monday night. Revis told reporters that he is preparing for the season while his agents work out contract issues, but he also said that he wasn’t ready to commit to anything beyond that.

“I just don’t know,” Revis said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’m not saying I’m going to hold out. I’m not saying I won’t.”

Revis is set to make a total of $13.5 million over the next two seasons, well below what other cornerbacks who have produced less than Revis will make over those two seasons. That kind of disparity, as well as the prospect of playing without their best defensive player, was enough to get the Jets to blink two years ago. It looks like we could be headed for another showdown between Revis and the team this summer.

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40 Responses to “Darrelle Revis won’t rule out a holdout”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:52 PM

    im a bills fan but man i want to watch hard knocks with them again…what a mess!!!

  2. schoolchoice2011 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:57 PM

    The rule should be that if you sign a contract you have to play it out. I’m sick of all the NFL hold outs. They agreed to terms and they need to respect the contract the exists. Players should try to negotiate better incentives for good play into the contract before they sign it.

  3. TheWizard says: Apr 23, 2012 7:58 PM

    Maybe sign Assante to cover while he holds out.

    I love this circus.

    Too bad Tebow got stuck in it.

  4. massappeal12345 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:00 PM

    Before they pay him any more, the Jets should get clarification from the league if there is going to be any emphasis on jersey pulling this year.

  5. jimmyhaffa says: Apr 23, 2012 8:01 PM

    Teams force a restructure or release players as salary cap casualty all the time. Good for him. Hope he gets market value. He’s a great player and he has leverage.

  6. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 8:01 PM

    Well if you listen to Rex Ryan constantly gush about him, Revis has all the leverage.

    90% chance he holds out.

    95% chance the Jets eventually cave.

    100% chance Tebow starts week 5

  7. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 23, 2012 8:02 PM

    Some guys deserve new contracts and should hold out in certain situations. Take a guy like Arian Foster. He was making peanuts and was the best RB the past two years. If he didn’t get a new deal and held out this upcoming year I would have no problem with it.

    But, Revis? He didn’t have a problem with the huge signing bonus and front-loaded contract two years ago. But now that it has come down a little in the 3rd year, he doesn’t like it anymore? What a joke.

  8. 7to10for6allday says: Apr 23, 2012 8:04 PM

    Good, I’m glad to see the jets in a mess. Revis will holdout, no way he plays for 6 mill….and Sanchez will lose his job to tebow….love it….tannenbaum is an idiot

  9. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 8:05 PM

    @schoolchoice2011 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 7:57 PM

    The rule should be that if you sign a contract you have to play it out. I’m sick of all the NFL hold outs. They agreed to terms and they need to respect the contract the exists. Players should try to negotiate better incentives for good play into the contract before they sign it.

    _______________________________

    Have you ever heard the phrase “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander?”

    All weekend PFT posted articles about teams restructuring deals of 1st round pick busts.

    By your logic shouldn’t THESE teams “play out the contract” since they “agreed to the terms?”

    Oh wait never mind lets be on the side of the billionaires. Your right they should be the only ones who can change their minds.

    Ridiculous.

  10. shnity07 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:07 PM

    Let him sit out. This guy is no better or worse than he was when he did this last deal. Yes top cb in the league. Plus they could have that drama take the focus of the quarterbacks.

  11. bat42boy says: Apr 23, 2012 8:09 PM

    Let him walk. Another overpaid player who can’t live up to his contract.

  12. patriots55 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:15 PM

    Wow what a joke he just signed a new contract!!!!!

  13. bigtunna says: Apr 23, 2012 8:17 PM

    Tomorrow on Days of Our Jets…..

  14. concernedcitizen001 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:23 PM

    Professional “contracts” are a joke. I understand that this is the way it has been for some time now, and that there are many variables that go into the contracts. But I agree with the statement above, “You signed it, play it out.” And before people want to play devil’s advocate and bring up “out performing” a contract, let me just ask this: “If you under-perform (which happens all the time), are you going to give some of that ridiculous money back?”
    Simply put, in the “real world” that every one else works in, if you sign a contract you are expected to abide by it and fulfill it. Personally, I think that they should all be given 1 year contracts if they have a history of holding out or not fulfilling their previous contracts. I realize this will be shot down. “What if they get hurt, then they have no security?” Well maybe they should think about that the next time they are bitching about a contract that they want to break, a contract that they signed.

  15. exhibits5 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:39 PM

    let’s. talk about the 34.5 mill the Jets paid him in 2010 and 2011 that’s 17.5. million a year way above market value. he signed the contract he knew what he was going. to be paid. He’s a punk trade him at this year’s draft 2 #1 and 2#2 and a starting CB if you ask me the Jets have the leverage a probowl CB who’s. only making. 6.5million other teams will be lining. up the can name there price.

  16. jpb12 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:39 PM

    Yep. No need to worry about character. Just sign the best talent available.

    Janoris Jenkins at #16.

    Kenrick Ellis been deported yet?

  17. 6ball says: Apr 23, 2012 8:47 PM

    .

    Look at the Jets 2012 payroll. The guy has a point :

    Bart Scott – 4.2 million

    Darelle Revis – 6.75 million

    Santonio Holmes – 11.5 million

    .

  18. tsutton84 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:48 PM

    @ ConcernedCitizen – Amen! Revis is making $6.75 Million, Ed Reed $7.2 Million, and they’re INSULTED that they have to play for so little.

    They should take a look around at the world around them, at the people in Greece that are suffering from falling wages and rising taxes, at the poverty around the globe – and realize that they are BLESSED to be multi-millionaires to play a GAME that entertains us.

    These young men have been treated like “stars” for so long, that they completely lost touch with reality.

  19. melikefootball says: Apr 23, 2012 8:49 PM

    How nice it would be for an owner to step up and say you want leverage,leverage the highway. The next owner say hey we don,t need your service try Local grocery store.

  20. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 23, 2012 9:16 PM

    tsutton84 says:Apr 23, 2012 8:48 PM

    @ ConcernedCitizen – Amen! Revis is making $6.75 Million, Ed Reed $7.2 Million, and they’re INSULTED that they have to play for so little.

    They should take a look around at the world around them, at the people in Greece that are suffering from falling wages and rising taxes, at the poverty around the globe – and realize that they are BLESSED to be multi-millionaires to play a GAME that entertains us.

    These young men have been treated like “stars” for so long, that they completely lost touch with reality.
    ————-
    Listen, I don’t like the (potential) holdout anymore than you do. I think Revis has to look at the contract in totality, not just this 3rd year. He was rewarded extremely handsomely those first two years. He can’t just ignore that. The contract as-is is fair, in my opinion.

    But, please don’t pull the “These guys get paid millions to play a game when the rest of us are broke” card. I hate that argument. These guys sell tickets, sell jerseys, and bring in millions for the owners they play for. They deserve to be rewarded appropriately. I doubt the people in Greece you reference are bringing in the $ that Revis does.

  21. napstein says: Apr 23, 2012 9:23 PM

    Hating your favorite player is a fun way to spend every off-season. Thanks, Darrelle.

    I realize football is dangerous, NFL players have a lot of difficult financial demands (seriously), and you only get so many contracts before your career comes to an end and you have to live off what you made while you played. But Revis has gotten completely out of control. Maybe this is all posturing for a new contract that they’re already working on, but for once in your entire career can you be something resembling a leader? Can you put the team first, just once, when your team needs you to step up and be a positive force that helps stop this air-it-out-in-the-media garbage that’s defined the Jets locker room during the Rex era?

    Granted, in this league he deserves to be paid like a star. He is one of the best at one of the most valuable positions (and it’s only getting more valuable now with every QB under the sun throwing for 4,500 yards). But this team simply can’t win if they can’t grow up. Revis, you’ve earned some money. Now earn that ‘C’ on your jersey. I’m begging you.

  22. rcali says: Apr 23, 2012 9:25 PM

    I bet Stevie Johnson hopes he doesn’t miss any games!

  23. chrismgillis says: Apr 23, 2012 9:57 PM

    WOW. absolutely ridiculous. I make 9 dollars an hour. I wish I made an 1/8 of his pay. the way these players are nowadays is just sickening. just another greedy spoiled brat. no one deserves that kind of money if they are going to complain about it. lost all respect for the man.

  24. sdffa11 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:57 PM

    normally, i would say a player should honor his contract but revis is clearly the best at his position. its not even a question.

    in cases when a team has a “special” player, he needs to be taken care of. hes going to hold out and they will cave.

    even guys like brees, brady, manning cant compare to being the best in the league since there is a debate. revis is the dominant CB, by a mile. just pay him.

  25. areyoudue says: Apr 23, 2012 10:05 PM

    What a joke !!!

    Darrelle Mevi$

  26. disturbedshifty says: Apr 23, 2012 10:16 PM

    And the circus continues…

  27. acromartieismydad says: Apr 23, 2012 10:26 PM

    4thquartermagic says:

    Have you ever heard the phrase “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander?”
    All weekend PFT posted articles about teams restructuring deals of 1st round pick busts.
    By your logic shouldn’t THESE teams “play out the contract” since they “agreed to the terms?”
    Oh wait never mind lets be on the side of the billionaires. Your right they should be the only ones who can change their minds.

    Ridiculous.
    ________________________________

    There is a BIG difference…the billionaires are the EMPLOYERS, they have the right to restructure a contract, it’s their team, their business to run. The players (EMPLOYEES) shouldn’t be able to say when and under what conditions they will perform their job. If Revis doesnt like his contract after TWO years, than that is his fault and his alone. You have more money than god, shut up and play football.

  28. djfinch8423 says: Apr 23, 2012 10:34 PM

    Well, nobody should be surprised you start caving to these overpaid kids and you will never pay enough,
    So the fans pay the ultimate price in the long run…….
    Sad really sad!!!!

  29. laxcoach37 says: Apr 23, 2012 10:38 PM

    Well, I never thought I would agree with @sterilizecromartie But he is right we all know they are overpaid to play a game, but perspective should be in order. This guy is not responsible for the unstable Euro in Greece?

    I suggest the following for the Jets: Double his Salary amd then charge him $10K for every play he is Holding and he would be Bankrupt in 1 Season.

  30. rob0527 says: Apr 23, 2012 10:43 PM

    What about money he got up front or last 2 years. Did he forget about that, thats the problem with guys getting all this money first few years of contract. They forget about this and feel disrespected last few years of contract. Just shut up and report.
    J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS.

  31. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 23, 2012 10:50 PM

    Mevi$… Haha I love it. I think that one is gonna stick.

  32. footballfan80 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:43 PM

    fitzmagic1212 :

    My suggestion would be be to focus on rooting for your beloved Bills in their quest for their first playoff appearance in nearly 15 years.

  33. sonnyboychris says: Apr 24, 2012 12:04 AM

    The players can start playing out entire contracts on the same day that the owners can’t end a contract at the drop of a hat.

  34. rexloveshisfeet says: Apr 24, 2012 12:08 AM

    4thquartermagic says:

    Have you ever heard the phrase “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander?”
    All weekend PFT posted articles about teams restructuring deals of 1st round pick busts.
    By your logic shouldn’t THESE teams “play out the contract” since they “agreed to the terms?”
    Oh wait never mind lets be on the side of the billionaires. Your right they should be the only ones who can change their minds.

    Ridiculous.
    ________________________________

    There is a BIG difference…the billionaires are the EMPLOYERS, they have the right to restructure a contract, it’s their team, their business to run. The players (EMPLOYEES) shouldn’t be able to say when and under what conditions they will perform their job. If Revis doesnt like his contract after TWO years, than that is his fault and his alone. You have more money than god, shut up and play football.

    —————————————————

    That is just nonsense. So the players has to walk on eggshells not knowing when or if his contract will be honored by the billionaires in charge. If that player outplays his contract then the billionaires get to take advantage of that. Where is the advantage for the guy putting his body on the line every sunday for all of us football fans to enjoy.

    I am not saying the money Revis should not be enough but when players out there not half as good as him are getting more money than he did he has a point. Gotta grab that $$$ now not when he is 32.

    Your plan will work just go talk to those billionaire owners you speak of that starting next year only guaranteed contracts. I am pretty sure they will just accept the holdouts from the players instead.
     

  35. iplaybad says: Apr 24, 2012 12:38 AM

    A contract is a two way street. If one party has more leverage than the other, they exert that power to squeeze more dough from the other party.

    So, if an owner overpaid a player and puts them on a “prove it” type of deal with a restructured deal going forward, good for them. If the player wants to use his leverage via a holdout to renegotiate his deal, good for him.

    You can always tell the revenue producers who comment on this site and the guys who don’t. If you earn big bucks for a business as a top producer, you get perks. One of them is getting to negotiate and renegotiate the terms of your employ.

  36. bears354 says: Apr 24, 2012 4:00 AM

    Revis is severely over rated. Why did he sign the contract when he knew what he was getting the last 2 years of the deal? Oh that’s right, there was a buttload of money right away for him. Which, in my opinion, he didn’t deserve. The NFL doesn’t have guaranteed contracts because of guys like this.

  37. cowboysallday says: Apr 24, 2012 4:25 AM

    Can’t stand this guy

  38. djstat says: Apr 24, 2012 6:36 AM

    Screw you Revis. Honor your contract

  39. dlmcc1010 says: Apr 24, 2012 7:22 AM

    Jets are setting a real bad precedent here if they give in to this. You cant just keep redoing a guys contract every 2 years and front loading all that money. It will set off a domino effect around the league. I also dont see guys like Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson pulling this crap either.

  40. phinfan527 says: Apr 24, 2012 9:40 AM

    Please hold out.

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