It’s becoming more and more clear that the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis are headed for a divorce. And that they’re currently involved in a not-so-subtle P.R. battle.
Revis supposedly doesn’t want to be traded by the Jets. But he also doesn’t want to show up for offseason workouts, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. Specifically, Revis wants to avoid an awkward situation, and he prefers to continue his ACL rehab work in Arizona.
He can’t have it both ways. If he truly doesn’t want to be traded, he needs to be all in, especially with a $1 million workout bonus riding on his decision to participate in at least 80 percent of the team’s offseason workouts. Per Cimini, a $1 million roster bonus and a $1 million reporting bonus also hinge on Revis showing up for offseason workouts. (It would be unusual to tie other money to showing for voluntary workouts, but we can’t confirm or debunk the assertion without looking at the specific language of the contract.)
The Jets, per Cimini, expect Revis to be there when offseason workouts open on April 15. That’s not surprising; to get a trade package headlined by the 2013 first-round pick new G.M. John Idzik reportedly covets, the Jets need to perpetuate the notion that, if they can’t trade Revis, they’ll keep him. If they instead let Revis work out on his own but still pay him the money he gets only by showing up and working out with the team (whether that’s $1 million, $3 million, or something in between), other teams will believe the Jets are determined to trade him.
The fact that this is even an issue shows that Revis wants out — and it lends credence to the idea that he knows the Buccaneers are ready to give him the kind of contract the Jets presumably never will.