Unhappy Darrelle Revis won't discuss possibility of another holdout
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- No matter how hard he tried, Darrelle Revis' laughter couldn't offset the mounting tension.
His unhappiness with his contract continues to linger, like an elephant in the room that he won't acknowledge. On Thursday Revis again refused to end the speculation surrounding another potential training camp holdout -- and he seemed to get more agitated with every question.
"Whatever you want to write," Revis told one reporter. "I just told you, I'm getting ready for this season."
That awkward exchange left questions unanswered about a possible second holdout in three years. After missing the entire 2010 training camp and the team's four preseason games, Revis returned with a front-loaded four-year deal that paid him a combined $32.5 million in 2010 and 2011. As of now, he will make a total of $13.5 million in 2012 and 2013.
When asked if there still are lingering issues between him and the Jets' front office, the cornerback said: "If something's lingering, you will find out. If something lingers, you'll find out. It's going to be written. It's going to be in the paper. I'm telling you, I'm getting ready for the season."
Revis echoed his sentiments from a month ago, saying a second holdout is possible. But that's as far as he would take the discussion.
"Whatever happens in the future happens,'' he said. "I just said that four or five times. Didn't I say that?"
Coach Rex Ryan wouldn't answer questions regarding Revis' contract but said he expects the cornerback to be in Cortland for the start of training camp.
"I'm excited about this upcoming season and having Revis there," said Ryan, who went on to explain why Revis is the best defensive player in the league.
"He's the best because he competes every single day . . . That guy's going to have no regrets when his career is over," Ryan said.
Ryan compared the cornerback to Hall of Famer Walter Payton, whom the coach called a "legendary workout guy."
"This guy has that kind of temperament on the field," he said of Revis. "You guys see it every day. He competes every single day."
However, it remains to be seen whether Revis will be competing on the practice field this summer. Asked if he plans to be in Cortland for the start of training camp in late July, he said: "I don't know if I am or if I'm not. I told you that a while back . . . Why are you barking at me about this? You keep on just stabbing at the same thing. I don't know if I'm going to be there or not. Why do I need to answer that to you?"
In his closing remarks to the media, Ryan offered an easy solution to the whole holdout saga.
"Deion Sanders made 'X' amount of dollars, so Revis, go ahead and sign that contract," he joked. "We'll negotiate it right now. It's no problem. I think that's being fair."