Darrelle Revis picks up $1M roster bonus from Jets
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Darrelle Revis still is a New York Jet -- and he's $1 million richer.
The cornerback earned his seven-figure roster bonus at 4 p.m. Saturday, per terms of his current contract, and remains with the Jets for the time being.
Amid ongoing speculation that Revis will be traded, most likely to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jets general manager John Idzik has yet to make a move involving the three-time All-Pro. The Jets could have chosen to release Revis in advance of his roster-bonus payout, but that would have resulted in his 2013 cap charge shooting up from $9 million to $12 million in dead money.
But that doesn't mean the Jets won't pull the trigger on a Revis-to-Tampa Bay trade at some point.
According to a source, the Bucs have had internal discussions about Revis and are open to the possibility of a trade. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano helped fuel speculation when he said "everything's a possibility" in response to an inquiry about acquiring Revis.
"But we're not allowed to talk about players under contract with other teams," Schiano said more diplomatically, though he quickly added that any player who can improve his team is on his "radar."
The soft free-agent cornerback market -- set by several players receiving deals of roughly $6 million to $6.5 million per year -- certainly doesn't help Revis' chances of getting a big payday (somewhere in the $16-million range) from his next team. But his health remains the biggest question. He is only five months removed from knee surgery and hopes to be back by training camp.
Revis signed a seven-year contract in 2010 that becomes a four-year, $46-million deal, voiding the final three years, if he does not hold out. And because his contract language prohibits the Jets from placing the franchise tag on him in 2013, the Jets likely will trade him in an attempt to get something in return.
He is set to earn $6 million total in 2013 -- the $1-million roster bonus (which will be paid out during the league year), a $1-million workout bonus, a $1-million reporting bonus and his $3-million base salary.
Source: Jets eye Boothe
The Jets are one of a handful of teams interested in signing former Giants guard Kevin Boothe, a source told Newsday. But with the free- agency period slowing down a bit in advance of the NFL owners' meetings in Arizona, talks regarding Boothe likely won't heat up again until midweek.
The Giants, Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals are interested in signing Boothe, the source said. With free-agent guards Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson expected to sign elsewhere, the 29-year-old Boothe instantly would fill a need for the Jets. They took a step toward plugging the holes Friday by signing former Steelers guard/tackle Willie Colon, who played for Hofstra.
Boothe started all 16 games last season for the Giants after spending the majority of his six-year tenure with the team as a backup.
He has played left guard, right guard and center. The Giants have considered Slauson as a possible option at guard if they lose out on Boothe.
The Jets announced that they have re-signed kicker Nick Folk, an unrestricted free agent.