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Revis stays on his island, leaves Jets alone

Posted by Bill Koch on August 2, 2010

Darrelle Revis

Memo to Rex Ryan: get control of your team before you try to dominate the rest of the National Football League.

Darrelle Revis’ holdout is a dubious way for the New York Jets to open training camp, one more distraction that a team that hasn’t won anything since 1968 and plays in the largest media market in the nation hardly needs. Revis and the Jets are in a typical NFL contract squabble, with the player wanting the long-term security of guaranteed money and the team dragging its feet and using both the salary cap and the uncertain future of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement as a smokescreen for not getting a deal done.

Ramble On’s official viewpoint in situations like these will never change – both sides are wrong. Revis was due to make $1 million this season, far below his market value as one of the league’s elite cornerbacks but far more than your average guy on the street takes home in 20 years of his life. Too many players like Revis – Tennessee running back Chris Johnson is a good current example – want to tear up their contracts as soon as they have one big season. By holding out, Revis also erased $20 million in guaranteed money thanks to a clause in his contract meant to prevent such a thing from happening. Caving to Revis’ demands will force the Jets to accommodate all of their players who outperform their contracts, an impossible task in a league with a salary cap. You think a team with prima donnas like Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Antonio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson wants it to be that easy to get a raise?

That said, the Jets are also at fault. They’re messing with one of the best players in the league. They know he’s underpaid. They know that the current CBA gives players only one option in situations like these – to withhold services. They know that due to injury the career spans of football players are incredibly short. Revis watched one of his old teammates, Leon Washington, break his leg last season right before he was set to cash in. He’s scared that the same thing could happen to him. One the field, the Jets use tremendous defensive pressure to put opposing quarterbacks in danger, making excellent cover corners who can shackle their man one-on-one mandatory in Ryan’s system. Revis is straight from central casting in this regard.

What can be agreed here is that this isn’t helping either side. Winning the Super Bowl requires an intense, single-minded focus in which all 53 men on the roster and the coaching staff sacrifice for the greater good. That’s clearly not happening here, and Revis will join the rest of the Jets as playoff losers for as long as it continues.


One Response to “Revis stays on his island, leaves Jets alone”

  1. […] accusing the team of lying like Mankins did inside the past month. He didn’t threaten to hold out like Darrelle Revis did in New York, leaving the Jets in limbo until a week before the season. He didn’t tank it on the field today […]

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