The current dispute between the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis has been slightly overstated.
Revis realizes that he has three million reasons to show up for the offseason program, which opens next week. Three different $1 million bonuses (roster, reporting, and workout) depend on Revis participating in at least 80 percent of the offseason workouts.
The disagreement comes from the Jets’ refusal to treat the player’s ongoing rehab activities in Arizona as the equivalent of participating in offseason workouts in New Jersey. With the first two weeks of the program, which for the Jets launches on April 15, consisting of weightlifting, conditioning, and injury rehab, Revis won’t be doing anything dramatically different with the team than the things he’d be doing if he continued his ACL rehabilitation efforts in Arizona.
Revis, we’re told, prefers staying in Arizona primarily because he’d like to avoid the media crush that will greet him every time he arrives to or exits from the team’s facility. With the Jets shopping Revis (if not actively then passively-aggressively), the circumstances of his contract have changed. Significantly.
The Jets don’t see it that way. Though the team’s refusal to let Revis conduct his offseason workouts in Arizona has prompted speculation that the organization is simply messing with him, some think that new G.M. John Idzik genuinely believes a relationship can be established with Revis, and that the situation can be salvaged with the team re-signing Revis for the long haul.
Regardless of whether Revis is traded prior to or during the draft (more on that later), Revis will attend the offseason workouts — even though he could, in theory, skip the first week and part of week two while still complying with the 80-percent threshold for complying with the various bonus payments. But that would leave him with little or no margin for error if he’s ultimately not traded.
Even though there’s still a good chance he’ll be dealt to Tampa, $3 million is too much to wager on this specific proposition.