Darrelle Revis has financial reasons to attend voluntary workouts
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Darrelle Revis' days with the Jets soon may be numbered. Nevertheless, they expect the three-time All-Pro cornerback to show up at their voluntary workouts starting next week.
Revis' contract, which he signed in 2010 after a training-camp holdout, contains language that requires him to attend roughly 80 percent of the voluntary workouts, a source confirmed to Newsday Sunday. If Revis doesn't show up at the first one next Monday, he'll surrender a $1-million roster bonus (activated in March but not yet paid), a $1-million workout bonus and a $1-million reporting bonus at the start of training camp in July.
Revis, 27, has spent much of his offseason in Arizona rehabbing after reconstructive knee surgery with the help of a personal trainer. According to multiple reports, he is expected to come to Florham Park next week to meet with team doctors but would prefer to return to Arizona to continue his rehab.
Rumors of a potential trade involving Revis have swirled since Jan. 18, John Idzik's first day as general manager. Neither Idzik nor owner Woody Johnson has tried to temper the speculation. Instead, the Jets, who faced significant cap constraints at the start of free agency, made it clear they'll always listen to trade offers involving any player -- including Revis, who is in the final year of a front-loaded four-year, $46-million deal he signed in 2010.
The Buccaneers, the only known trade partner interested in him, reportedly are willing to give up their first- and second-round picks in 2014 for Revis. The sticking point, according to a Sports Illustrated report, is the Jets' insistence on acquiring the Bucs' first-round selection (13th overall) in this month's draft. The Jets have the ninth pick.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Buccaneers are willing to not only trade a combination of first-, third- and sixth-round picks for Revis but would pay him in the area of $15 million to $16 million per year on a long-term contract.
Coach Rex Ryan consistently has tried to downplay the team's interest in dealing Revis, telling reporters in February: "I know for a fact that we're not actively trying to trade Darrelle Revis. But if somebody calls, you listen."
Although Johnson said reports of his unwillingness to give Revis an extension beyond 2013 are "exaggerated" and "patently untrue," the Jets' front office and Revis never seemed to come close to negotiating a deal that would make him a Jet for life.